Hike Mount Sanitas & Settlers Park

Mount Sanitas Trailhead

Amazing views of Boulder, the continental divide, and the eastern plains. 3.1 mile loop hike to Mt. Sanitas. Perfect scenery for sunrise and sunset hikes. Endless bouldering opportunities at Settlers Park. Easy parking, easy to follow trails.

First off, these are two different hikes but both stem from the same parking lot and Settlers Park is a mere 5 minutes away from where you park so why not kill two birds with one stone?

One of the more popular hikes in Boulder, Mount Sanitas is a 3 mile hike that quickly scales nearly 1,350 feet. From the parking lot off of Mapleton Road, cross the bridge and stay to the left at both of the forks up the Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail. The trail climbs quickly for 0.85 miles before evening out on a ridge with views to the Continental Divide and Chautauqua Park. It will then bend north, taking you to the summit on a thin, but manageable path with panoramic views. After reaching the summit you will wind down the mountain through steep boulder fields for a little more than a half a mile before reaching the valley floor. The Sanitas Valley Trail will take you down all the way to the parking lot completing the Mount Sanitas Loop.

Once back in the parking lot, head south on Red Rocks trail for a quick, steep, 0.5 miles before coming to the amazing Settlers Park rock formations. Once you are done climbing or admiring the park, head back down Red Rocks trail back to the parking lot.

Pack List

backpack, water, snacks, camera, climbing gear (if desired), bouldering mats (if desired)

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RT Distance 3.1 Miles
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Winter
Trail Type Loop
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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Mt. Sanitas Loop

Great hike with fantastic views! Fairly easy hike - took two kids 8 and 11. Both made the full loop, although we did have to offer a small bribe to the 8 year old to get her to the summit. once there, it was all downhill! Easy to get too as it's in Boulder. Can get a little crowded, even on weekdays.


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