The top of Sugarloaf Mountain is painfully but exhilaratingly exposed—a jumbled hump of wind-whipped talus that drops away precipitously on all sides. The views will leave you awestruck. The jagged summits of the Indian Peaks rise to the west, and the plains flow endlessly to the east. But the spectacle of devastation born of a recent forest fire is what leaves the biggest impression. Sugarloaf is surrounded by a smattering of homes intermingled with the matchstick-straight and charcoaled remnants of what once was a lush evergreen forest. The fire damage even touches the trail; at one point, you will pass beneath a burled, charred tree trunk that clings tenuously to the mountainside. Begin the hike on the rugged mining road that climbs from the north end of the parking area (Longs Peak rises dead ahead). The road curves up and eastward. Don’t worry about any forks in the route—all paths merge again within the first 0.1 mile of the hike.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||477 ft|
|Season||Best spring to fall|
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