From north Boulder, head south on Broadway. Turn right on Balsam and follow it until it dead-ends. Turn left on 9th street, then right on Mapleton. Follow that until you get to 4th street and start looking for parking.
From south Boulder, head north on Broadway. Just north of downtown, turn left on Pine Street, go a block, and turn right on 9th street. At the top of the hill, turn left on Mapleton. Follow that until you get to 4th street and start looking for parking.
The only "official" trailhead for Mount Sanitas is the Centennial Trailhead. There are plenty of options though, so do not despair if it feels overwhelming when you pull up.
Even when this hike gets busy, parking is not a horrible ordeal. The trail network bumps up right against the west end of the Mapleton Hill neighborhood, so there is plenty of street parking to supplement the limited space in the Centennial Trailhead lot.
I hike all over Colorado, often joined by my girlfriend and my dog. Once upon a time I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. When I'm not hiking, I am an unrelenting source of hiking route suggestions for your life, trip reports from my life, and gear advice. Read more...