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Humanists on the Move: Hike Mt. Sanitas Loop Trail

Humanists are on the move again, finally! This hike is sponsored by the Boulder Atheists, our partners for what we hope will be a dense, continuing series of outdoor activities.  Join the fun!

The entry on the Boulder Atheists Meetup site reads:

Join us for another great hike! This one is a local favorite, close to town (just off of Mapleton) and with great views! Join us for lunch in Boulder afterwards. Tectonic forces along northern Colorado's front range created ripples that forced rock layers to bulge and compress, creating anticlines - or convex folds on the earth's surface. As the bulging anticlines' softer sediments eroded, only hard ridges - known as Hogbacks - remained from previously rounded hilltops between the eastern plains and Rocky Mountain uplift. Mt. Sanitas is one such formation. The loop trail is a short but challenging route to its rugged summit, and along its east face with panoramic views of the lower foothills, eastern plains and Indian Peaks.

Distance: 3.1 Miles Start-End Elevation: 5,520' - 6,843' Elevation Change: +1,357' total roundtrip elevation gain Difficulty Level: Moderate-Strenuous

Those seeking a longer route can divert on and off one of three spurs for the adjacent Dakota Ridge Trail. The Sanitas Valley Trail completes the loop and leads back to all parking areas on Mapleton Road.

Participants should bring a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, a rain jacket, and wear sturdy shoes or boots and clothing appropriate for the weather.

Meet at Whole Foods at Baseline & Broadway at 8:30 to carpool up to the trailhead (parking is limited at trailhead).

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