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We will meet at Lion’s Lair Spur Trailhead, 2 miles up Sunshine Canyon from 4th & Mapleton. In the hairpin turn, pull to the right and park. There is also parking along the road on both sides. Unlike the two alternate approaches to Sanitas, Lion's Lair has a much smoother grade, more shade, and better views of the divide. While mostly pine forest and rocky terrain, you will be surprised with hidden meadows, sightings of deer, fox, and if you are lucky, perhaps a mountain lion. Difficulty: Moderately Easy 4.8 Miles 867' Total Elevation Gain Tortoise time: 3.5 - 4 hours. No dogs on this hike, please. Please come prepared for this hike. Bring at least 2 liters of water, a snack, wear sturdy shoes or boots and dress in layers. Depending on what the weather has been like, we may need micro-spikes. I always use hiking poles. DIRECTIONS: Driving, Parking and Trailhead Directions: 1929 Sunshine Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO 80302 Head north on Broadway to Mapleton Ave and turn left (west). Mapleton Ave turns into Sunshine Canyon Dr. just past the old hospital at 4th St. Continue up Sunshine Canyon Dr. for 1.8 miles to where the road makes a tight U-turn to the left. Just at the turn there will be a pull off parking area on the right. The trailhead is easily seen from the parking area. PLEASE TEXT ME on[masked] if you are going to be late. Brunch afterward!
I'm starting this hike fairly early because the parking area gets full! We'll hike up the Range View trail, around the Flagstaff Summits on the Boy Scout trail and back down the Ute Trail. Depending on the weather, you may want micro-spikes or YakTraks. Dress in layers, wear sturdy boots and bring water and a snack. Hat and gloves suggested! I always use hiking poles. We can go out to brunch afterward! Directions to Realization Point: from Chautauqua Park in Boulder, follow Baseline Road west. (It merges into Flagstaff Road.) Drive 3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road and look for the sign for Realization Point on your right. It's hard to see the sign from the road so it's best to look at your odometer to know when you're almost there. Trail map here: https://maps.bouldercolorado.gov/osmp-trails/?_ga=2.180943015.1631790388.1549584279-572216914.1547176642 Hike will go on in cloudy or misty weather. Rain, sleet, snow or otherwise disgusting weather will cancel! NOTE: Parking at the Trailhead: All park visitors whose motor vehicles are not registered in Boulder County must possess either a daily or annual permit to park on Flagstaff Mountain, in Gregory Canyon, or at Doudy Draw, Flatirons Vista, Greenbelt Plateau, Marshall Mesa, South Boulder Creek West and South Mesa Trailheads. Annual permits ($25) may be purchased on-line here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/open-space-parking-permits-and-fees. Daily permits may be purchased for $5 at the parking area.