Trail Zealot

Colorado hiking, Appalachian Trail thru-hiking, and more...

Routes

Behold the route repository. This is the place to come for information and statistics about all the routes in the trailzealot database. If a route is listed here, that means I hiked or ran it, then loaded the data here for analysis. I started this website because I am intensely interested in the data side of the exercise equation.

This is the best data I can get my mitts on. Around Boulder, the Open Space and Mountain Parks Department has surveyed each trail to get high-accuracy, high-resolution coordinates. On top of that, we have got high-resolution elevation data thanks to a plane-mounted Lidar survey of the area. Outside of town, the trail coordinates could come from anywhere (including some rando's GPS device), and Lidar elevation data is typically unavailable, even in places like Rocky Mountain National Park.

My hope is to provide curious folks with a digestible resource to find the hike that is best for them, based on things they care about. My philosophy: there is no such thing as a "good hike", because everyone defines that for themselves. This resource is here to help you find and navigate your own personal good hike.

I am always improving this section with new routes, new data sources and new analysis techniques. So check back often to see what is new.

Please feel free to contact me with questions or to ask for recommendations. Just tell me a little bit about what you want to find on your hike, and we will go from there.

Green Mountain   |   2.4 mi  |   2743 ft  
Woods Quarry   |   1.5 mi  |   843 ft  
Green Mountain   |   1.7 mi  |   278 ft  
Green Mountain   |   1.4 mi  |   653 ft  
Bear Peak   |   3.0 mi  |   2801 ft  
Mount Sanitas   |   3.9 mi  |   1776 ft  
A world apart from the other Sanitas routes, this long-and-gentle trail through Sunshine Canyon to the west of Sanitas is absolutely perfect for trail running. Expect fewer hikers, and zero dogs, as they are not allowed.
Green Mountain   |   3.1 mi  |   3061 ft  
Bear Peak , Green Mountain   |   11.6 mi  |   5540 ft  
Bear Peak   |   6.5 mi  |   4315 ft  
Bear Peak   |   5.3 mi  |   3619 ft  
Bear Peak   |   4.5 mi  |   3316 ft  
Bear Peak   |   4.0 mi  |   3040 ft  
Bear Peak   |   5.3 mi  |   3499 ft  
Bear Peak   |   3.0 mi  |   2921 ft  
Bear Peak , Green Mountain , Flagstaff Summit   |   13.8 mi  |   6034 ft  
Green Mountain   |   3.0 mi  |   2718 ft  
Mallory Cave   |   1.5 mi  |   1083 ft  
First and Second Flatirons   |   1.6 mi  |   1717 ft  
Royal Arch   |   1.8 mi  |   1624 ft  
Flagstaff Summit   |   2.3 mi  |   1499 ft  
Woods Quarry   |   1.4 mi  |   715 ft  
Green Mountain   |   3.5 mi  |   2977 ft  
Woods Quarry   |   1.2 mi  |   751 ft  
Royal Arch   |   1.7 mi  |   368 ft  
Mount Sanitas   |   1.9 mi  |   1405 ft  
Sanitas Valley is a wide, gently-sloping gravel trail that parallels the rockier, shadier Dakota Ridge Trail. Sanitas Valley is the more-traveled of the two, and both approaches lead to Sanitas' steep East Ridge Trail. Some Sanitas regulars skip the summit entirely, and make a loop out of the two valley trails.
Mount Sanitas   |   2.1 mi  |   1518 ft  
Dakota Ridge is an enjoyable, rolling, somewhat shady trail that parallels the wider, sunny Sanitas Valley Trail. Dakota Ridge is the less-traveled of the two, and both approaches lead to Sanitas' steep East Ridge Trail. Some Sanitas regulars skip the summit entirely, and make a loop out of the two valley trails.
Mount Sanitas   |   1.3 mi  |   1375 ft  
This short hike just might be the best in Boulder. It packs in a lot of elevation gain - the grade is intense, but there are plenty of breezy spots to catch your breath while enjoying views of Boulder and the foothills.