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Lion's Lair Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (23)

Fantastic views from a smooth, well-built trail.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Point to Point

6,807' 2,075 m

High

6,113' 1,863 m

Low

711' 217 m

Up

40' 12 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife

Description

The trail was completed in the fall of 2014 and is a great addition to the area. Starting from the small parking area, take gentle switchbacks through the ponderosa forest. The grade is never steep, and at least for now, the surface is impeccably smooth. The corners and water crossings show off just how well this trail was constructed.

As you ascend, the views get better and better. Be sure to turn around and enjoy the high peaks in the distance. From the top, all of Boulder is laid out in front of you. Return the way you came. Alternatively, you can make a long loop by going down the Sanitas Valley Trail or the Mount Sanitas Trail, then follow the Sunshine Canyon Trail back toward the beginning of this trail. At the end of the Sunshine Canyon trail, follow the signs to cross the road and travel about 30 feet to the stairs that mark the start of the Lion's Lair Alternate trail; turn left at the intersection with Lion's Lair to get back to your car.

Flora & Fauna

The trail name is no accident - this is one of the most frequent areas to spot mountain lions. The trails are closed a few times a year after a lion has killed a deer. You would have to be very lucky to see one... but be aware they're out there!

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Emily Goodin and 1 other

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Photos

Sunrise from Mt Sanitas
Nov 3, 2017 near Boulder, CO
The top of Mount Sanitas looks out at the beauty of Boulder and the Flatirons.
Apr 12, 2017 near Boulder, CO
Looking east from the summit at sunrise.
Dec 2, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Arriving at the summit, just missed the sunrise.
Dec 2, 2018 near Boulder, CO
View looking west.
Jan 3, 2016 near Boulder, CO
Lions Lair Trail overlooking Boulder
Mar 8, 2021 near Boulder, CO

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Apr 10, 2022
lindsey n.
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Sarah Roberts
Jul 10, 2019
JD Weaver
May 3, 2019
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Apr 8, 2019
Harold H
So fun, perfect trail for pondering. 3mi
Nov 10, 2018
Gina G
Awesome trail - saw three deer- fabulous views