Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail

Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

Adventure

Putting one foot in front of the other can be a bore at times, I think, for children. This morning, I wanted to give my daughter a challenge that would keep her attention. While we’ve hiked Sanitas Goat Trail and Sanitas Dakota Ridge in the past, today we hiked Mount Sanitas West Ridge Trail. The trail is made up of hundreds and hundreds of log and stone steps. While intimidating, it is much more of a climb than a walk for little legs.

Trailhead - Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

The first stretch of the trail runs along the Western side of the rocky ridge and is partially shaded in the early morning, helping to keep us cool.

Flatirons and Redrocks View - Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

To the South, Red Rocks and the Flatirons peak above the trees.

Bouldering - Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

On the ascent, we discovered some chalk left by climbers so my daughter took to the rock face for some impromptu bouldering.

 

My daughter loves to trail run and this time we captured some of our descent on video (thanks to Poppy!):

First Aid - Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

Water: simple first aid for minor wipe outs.

Gear

Standard hike gear including chocolate chips (less caffeine than chocolate bars). We pull these out when we’re completely out of energy but know we can make one last push to get the treat. No sunscreen, we counted on sun block from the Hogbacks (the big rock ridge) and early morning sun.

Route

We climbed from about 5,500′ to 6,000′, a little less than half of the altitude gain to the 6,843′ summit. My daughter was eager to head home at that point, though unclear if that was due to being tired or because a pancake pajama birthday party awaited back in the neighborhood.

Route - Hiking Mt Sanitas West Ridge Trail, Boulder, CO

Stats

Name: Track 004
Date: Jul 4, 2013 7:29 am
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(valid until Dec 31, 2013)
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Distance: 1.18 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:36:48
Avg Speed: 0.7 mph
Max Speed: 7.8 mph
Avg Pace: 82′ 16″ per mile
Min Altitude: 5,502 ft
Max Altitude: 6,001 ft
Start Time: 2013-07-04T13:29:16Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 40º 01′ 12″ N
Longitude: 105º 17′ 53″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 40º 01′ 12″ N
Longitude: 105º 17′ 53″ W

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