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Almost Full Moon Hike Mt. Sanitas

Have you ever hiked at night?

Join me and members of the Colorado Adventure Club (a seperate group but so far 11 are attending) on a cool hike up Sanitas which provides great views of the Boulder/North Boulder City at night.

A little history tidbit. Mt. Sanitas is named after the Sanitarium (now a hospital located there). Doc Holliday of the Wyatt Earp days spent his final days at the Sanitarium.

Length: 3.1 mile loop

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Elevation Gain: 5,520 to 6,863 feet

Estimated Time: 2 to 2.5 hours

Location: 0.5 miles west of Fourth Street on Mapleton Ave.


The Mount Sanitas loop hike begins at the base of Sunshine Canyon, traversing the ridge line of Mount Sanitas and then descends down its eastern slope to the valley floor and joins the Sanitas Valley Trail. This popular hike offers spectacular views of the Indian Peaks wilderness area to the west, Boulder City to the east and the Flatirons two the south. Along the way it meanders around beautiful sandstone slabs and through stands of ponderosa pine. Climbers use the trail to access several bouldering areas along the trail.

At this time traction devices are not needed, if weather causes change I will update.

Optional eats or drinks after.

A good pair of hiking shoes is recommended.

Since it's colder weather layered clothing is recommended. also recommend no cotton.

Bring water and recommend snack.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    How do you reckon I'd manage without the traction devices. I have decent hiking boots. Should I skip the hike?

    February 27, 2013

    • Dave E.

      I'll stay with you.

      February 27, 2013

    • Dave E.

      Comment from the sister hiking group, "Sanitas gets a lot of traffic, so I think the trail will be fine. It's going to be a beautiful evening. Let's do it! Bring your microspikes if you got 'em." Sounds like you should be ok.

      February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry but I am a cold weinie!! When it warms up, I'll try it. Thanks Dave!!

    February 27, 2013

  • Dave E.

    Be sure to have traction control devices, microspikes or yaks

    February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Could we pull a King Harvest and be "Dancing in the Moonlight?" ;-)

    February 21, 2013

    • Dave E.

      How bout Van Morrison's "What a Marvelous Night for a Moondance"

      February 21, 2013

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