Fun little afternoon hike in the Boulder area. Great views at the top too!
Beautiful scene of the changing foliage while looking down on Boulder. Very nice, easy afternoon hike.
I had hiked the "Mt Sanitas Loop" many times, but this was the first time that I ventured north from the Mt Sanitas Loop highpoint to the 6863 foot summit of Mt Sanitas. My new favorite way to hike Mt Sanitas is to take the Dakota Ridge Tr to the East Ridge Tr, and then descend the Mt Sanitas Tr. Although the East Ridge Tr is steeper than the Mt Sanitas Tr, I find that the Dakota Ridge Tr provides a nice warm up, whereas the Mt Sanitas Tr has you stair climbing right from the trailhead (which gave me some back issues one season).
a nice Sunday afternoon hike
Done several times.
My wife and I headed up into the mist after feeding at the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall. Expecting a low crowd day because of the weather, we encountered barking dogs and crying babies on the summit. Muddy and slick on the descent.
Up Dakota Ridge and down the back side.
Great trail run!
I enjoyed this "shortest day of 2008" hike up Mt. Sanitas. It was VERY cold, but sunny and pleasant when out of the wind. The high country was snowed in and covered in clouds, but we enjoyed expansive views to the east. Hiking partners: John's CMC outing.
This is a fun trail and summit - nice boulder problems along the way. Done with a bunch of friends :)
Set a brisk pace for myself and made it from the road to the summit in 35 mins via Sanitas Trail. Descended the steeper East Ridge trail.
Started off on Canyon and took the Red Rocks trail to the Mt. Sanitas trail head. Went up along the Mount Sanitas trail, and came down via some unmapped trail that we thought was East Ridge. Turned out to be barely traveled and extremely steep, and came out a little ways down the walking path.
Nice Friday afternoon hike on a partially cloudy March day. Headed up the south ridge and returned via the much steeper east "ridge" and the broad Sanitas Valley footpath. While there were others on the trail, it wasn't as crowded as other people made it seem like it was going to be.
My morning disappeared quickly so I changed plans from S. Boulder & Bear to Sanitas. What a nice little hike and I hit the summit a little faster than expected.
Climbed with a good friend via the Mt. Sanitas Trail and headed down via the East Ridge to Dakota Ridge. It was a fun a and quick outing with fairly cooperative weather.
Dog and I.