This hike starts off with a swift kick in the butt. It's a good long stairmaster-esque climb, but the views are better than at the gym!
This is a view of the summit, about 1/3 of the way up, after the break from the stairmaster. There are a few steep climbing parts after this, but this part is nice, slight incline, lots of great views of Boulder to the right and Sunshine Canyon on your left.
Here's another stair-climber section about 1/2 way up. Great views of Boulder to the east here, what would be my sweet daughter's left. She is almost 8 and hiked this entire thing.
This is about 1/2 way down the backside of the hike, facing east. You can see the switchbacks and Boulder in the distance.
This is most of the way down from the summit...this is the eastern slope of what we just hiked, facing southish towards the Flatirons. You can make Mt. Sanitas an out-and back from the summit or continue down like we did and it's a nice loop.
This is looking north west-ish, and the high point near the middle of the shot is the summit.
This took us about 2 1/2 hours- my daughter hiked the whole thing, but my 6 year old son needed to be carried a bit... He tends to whine a bit more on hikes and Daddy falls for it every time and lets him ride on his shoulders. :) Note, this was an exceptionally gorgeous February day with highs in the mid 60's and a light breeze... we never hike this in the summer (lots of sun exposure) unless we get on the trail before 9am. (which pretty much never happens since we've had kids haha).