Ascent of Sanitas Mountaineer Top on 2018-04-08

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Sunday, April 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sanitas Mountaineer Top
    Elevation:6800 ft / 2072 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a very scenic hike with an open sloped valley and then nice views of Boulder and Denver from the ledges above. The bummer is there is a lot of gain (around 1300 feet) just to tag a 80 foot prominence peak. Still the views would rate this a better hike if I had not have to fight my 85 pound dog pulling to greet the 200 dogs we passed along the way. There is an impressive 180 degree view from the top of this peak over the plains. This is where most people stop. It is not the true peak but a subpeak. After grabbing some food and drink for the dog we proceeded to the true peak. We got off trail and ended up bushwhacking back to the trail by doing so we missed the sign that explained that the red trail (lions lair) to the true peak does not allow dogs. Ut oh! missed it and tagged it accidentally with Willy anyway. There are no real views from the true peak to the north.

One note, on the far NW corner of the park, there is another free parking spot pull out that allows you to hike the peaks from Lions Lair trail (again no dogs allowed). This would give you a much lesser gain to reach the summit and a little less mileage. I estimate that this parking area starts about 500 feet higher up the mountain.
So more solitude, no dogs, and less gain.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:880 ft / 268 m
    Extra Gain:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:East Sanitas trail up
    Trailhead:saddle between peaks  5960 ft / 1816 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Clear
Ascent Part of Trip: Boulder-2

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Dakota Ridge2018-04-08 a520 ft / 158 m
2Sanitas Mountaineer Top2018-04-08 b880 ft / 268 m
3Mount Sanitas2018-04-08 c163 ft / 50 m
4Sanitas Mountaineer Top2018-04-08 d60 ft / 18 m
5Red Rocks2018-04-08 e460 ft / 140 m
6Bald Mountain2018-04-08 f225 ft / 69 m
6North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2018-04-08 g500 ft / 152 m
7North Table Mountain2018-04-08 h160 ft / 49 m
Total Trip Gain: 2968 ft / 904 m    Total Trip Loss: 1328 ft / 405 m

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