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Sunshine Canyon Trail

Easy

Trail

1.2 mile 2.0 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 300' 91 m
Descent: -23' -7 m
High: 5,868' 1,789 m
Low: 5,592' 1,704 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

An easy trail that climbs into Sunshine Canyon.

Brian Smith

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).

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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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