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Sunshine Canyon Trail

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 2.8 (8)

An easy trail that climbs into Sunshine Canyon.


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1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

93%

Runnable

5,868' 1,789 m

High

5,592' 1,704 m

Low

300' 91 m

Up

23' 7 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a true singletrack trail contrary to the wider hiking trails that are more common in the area. Even cambered, packed dirt surface with hardly a rock or root to avoid. Abundant pine straw makes some areas slippery.

Description

Sunshine Canyon Trail is a nicely bench cut contouring trail that climbs from an intersection with Red Rocks Trail near the Mount Sanitas Trail into Sunshine Canyon. Because of the contouring and tame nature of this trail, it is a great option for beginning or out of town runners. It is mostly smooth and never gets very steep at all. In addition, the low angle of this trail means that it is still able to be done with normal footwear, even if it's snowy.

Flora & Fauna

Suprisingly wonderful variety of wildflowers in the sunny spots- especially in the early spring months (April & May).

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

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  2.8 from 8 votes

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The start of Sunshine Canyon just south of the Trailhead
Nov 1, 2019 near Boulder, CO
Well built steps on the Sunshine Canyon Trail
Feb 9, 2015 near Boulder, CO
Typical section of the Sunshine Canyon Trail
Jan 27, 2015 near Boulder, CO

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Apr 3, 2021
Chet Woods
A nice and easy climb. One fairly long icey stretch just before we got to the road crossing 1.5mi
Feb 24, 2020
Erik Funk
Pleasant St -> Sunshine Canyon + Sanitas Vally. Packed snow on n. Red Rocks and through sunshine canyon. Spike helpful there. 7.6mi — 1h 14m
Aug 16, 2015
Gus Delaporte
To Lion's Lair 1.2mi
Jul 5, 2015
Gus Delaporte