Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf

Boulder, Colorado

4.5/5
based on 11 reviews

Details

Distance

1 miles

Elevation Gain

400 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Eric Schuette

Take in great views of the front range to the East and the Indian Peaks to the West. Sugarloaf offers a great vantage point for watching a sunrise and getting 360 degree views with minimal effort.

To get there from downtown Boulder, head west on CO 119 and almost 4.5 miles after you have left Boulder, turn right onto Sugarloaf Road. 4 miles after the turn from CO 119, turn right onto Sugarloaf Mountain road (located at the top of the road). If the road starts descending, you've gone too far. Take the dirt Sugarloaf Mountain Road 1 mile to the large parking area for the Switzerland Trail.

From the parking lot, look to the east, and you will see a rocky trail heading up to Sugarloaf, with a gate some yards up. Take this trail, and it will wrap around the hill and lead you to the summit. The trail to the top is just over 1/2 mile one-way, gains about 400 feet, and takes about 15-20 minutes

Once at the top make sure to stare off in all directions as the views are amazing!! There are some really interesting sections of the trail that go through areas of older fires that harbor really interesting trees and photographic compositions. Enjoy!!

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Catch the Sunrise on Sugarloaf Reviews

Easy to find. What a gem!!

This is a great area to drop a tent and primitive camp before heading up to Sugarloaf. Nice suggestion!

Thanks for sharing, Eric! Went up to see the sunrise this morning and had a great time. The trail is mostly covered in snow but snow spikes weren't necessary. It was also extremely cold so many warm layers were a must! I would definitely recommend

This is a great spot to catch a quick sunset. It's a short drive from Boulder, and the hike can be done in 20 minutes. You get a great view of the plains to the east and Indian Peaks to the west.

This was such a great way to start the day! Perfect directions and great 360 views. Highly recommended to anyone near Boulder to catch a sunrise or sunset!

Thanks Eric, I did this hike this morning and it was beautiful & easy!

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