Sugarloaf Mountain

Nederland, Colorado (Boulder County)

Last Updated: 09/08/2019
3.7 / 5 ( 7 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 6.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 9103 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Nederland
Nearest Town w/ Services: Boulder
Official Road Name: 120
Management Agency: United States Forest Service / Roosevelt National Forest
District: Boulder Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is an easy scenic dirt off-road trail that takes about an hour to complete. It’s located in the foothills just west of Boulder, CO and is accessible year around. The drive gradually winds through aspen and pines forests with some nice views of the area valleys and gulches. The hills are bursting with gold color when the aspen trees transform in the fall. This section of Roosevelt National forest is full of old mining sites. Hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking are common activities around Sugarloaf Mountain. It is not unusual for these other activities to take place on the road, so drive with caution and share the road.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Sugarloaf Mountain begins with private property lining both sides of the road so remember to Stay The Trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.020145, -105.414703

Starting Point: Boulder, Colorado

Take Canyon Blvd west approximately 5 miles to Sugarloaf Road. Right on Sugarloaf Road 4.7 miles to Sugarloaf Mountain Road. Turn right, the trail begins at this intersection. To take the trail from west to east: From Nederland, Colorado take CO Highway 72 north about 5 miles to mile marker 38.5. The beginning of the trail is to the right and is marked as County Road 120.

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Trail Reviews (18)

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This Sunday went up boulder Canyon and ride sugarloaf and Switzerland which are pretty basic easy trials. Also did Pennsylvania Gulch and that one was pretty fun and pretty tough and nothing but a drop off all the way up on the right side not a beginner trail

Author:
Status: Open
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ran this trail reverse of what it shows and connected it to Switzerland, trail rating is correct nothing very technical at all the views were alright but nothing exceptional. it was no challenge whatsoever for my lifted subaru crosstrek

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
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Did Sugarloaf along with Switzerland Trail Rd. 4wd not needed. Easy trail - mostly a dirt road with occasional rocks. Views are nice but not much more. Great for a first-timer probably. Hike to Sugarloaf Mt. is easy and a little less than half an hour to summit. The views from up there are much nicer than just the trail itself.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Our first time, and traveled west to east and the road has some mud and some snowpack but is not to tough to get through. No difficulties at all. It was a great time driving through the foggy cloud covered conditions.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Went from the East. Snow and mud for most of the trail. Got about three miles in and had to turn around. The snow got deep and the trail narrowed on the sides with snow pack.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
Tried going west bound today and the snow got pretty deep quickly. After getting stuck a few times turned around before the overlook.

Author:
Status: Open
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Made it about half way going East before the snow got too deep for my comfort. The rest of the trail was packed snow in good condition.

Author:
Status: Open
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This is a nice easy trail. When dry it can be run in 2WD. It has nice views and I saw several deer. It was very pumpy so airing down really helped. Great for beginners and close to town.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Went to the area to run Sugarloaf Mt and Pennsylvania Gulch. There was a lot of traffic going in both directions on Sugarloaf Mt. We saw motorcycles, bicycles, runners, hikers, and other 4WDs. The highlight of the day was to see a surprise visitor, a cow moose and her calf. We took a break and watched the pair for some time. Great time on the trail.

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Status: Open
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It was my first time on this trail. Was looking for an easy drive as I'm still learning. Everything was dry with some areas with ruts that can be handled slowly. During the summer you definitely want to watch out for bicycles and a few runners. We had a fun drive and ate lunch at a camp spot off the road.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Traveled west from Boulder. Zero snow on the ground. Mostly dry with very little mud. Misty with a few dirt bikes.

Author:
Status: Partially Open
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I travelled East to West. The trail was snow packed, but it was easy to follow the tracks/ruts from previous vehicles. About 2/3 of the way through, the snow got deep and soft (12 - 18 inches). I had to use both front and rear lockers and keep my momentum going in order to make it through without getting stuck. I'm new to this, so it was very stressful, but I thought it would be easier to keep going all the way through instead of trying to turn around. Eventually, the tracks/ruts from previous vehicles completely stopped. This was right around the branch trail for Gordon Gulch. I considered trying that trail, but decided it was too late in the day, and I was a bit nervous about getting stuck in the dark. I turned around and headed back the same way I came in. Again, I would not have made it without both front and rear lockers. Fun trail. I will definitely come back and do it again once the majority of the snow is gone.

Author:
Status: Open
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Really nice easy and fun trail to just mess around with friends . And it’s the right length.

Author:
Status: Open
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I'm brand new to off roading, so this was a fun trail to get used to something a bit more bumpy than your average gravel road. Trail was totally dry - didn't need 4x4 at all.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The entrance to Sugar Loaf had some good standing water to get the trail started off right. 95% of trail was dry with a little snow on the road with muddy tire trails through it in the shady spots towards the end. Really great beginners trail and a great way to start the season off.

Author:
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Some pockets of snow deep enough that I didn't want to risk getting my stock jeep stuck so I turned back. Mostly wet dirt, dry dirt, and slush. Fun trail with many smaller roads spurring off. Great views perfect for an afternoon in a hammock.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The far west end of Sugarloaf Mountain was snow packed and wet while the sun melted off most of the snow along the east end of the trail. The road has been well traveled since the last snowfall more than a week ago. This trip was completed on a Sunday afternoon and there were quite a few visitors on the trail.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
With great spring weather, it was time to enjoy a peaceful drive in the hills west of Boulder, CO. Sugarloaf Mountain Road was wet with some larger puddles in spots. Even with the water, the road surface was solid. Getting bogged down in mud is not a concern on this route. The area around Nederland, CO experienced a large forest fire last year; However, the trees immediately adjacent to Sugarloaf Mountain Road were not affected. The views of the snow-capped peaks right now are worth the drive.

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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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