Facing south down Sanitas Valley from Dakota Ridge. Taken March 2024

This morning, I made it up to the top of the Dakota Ridge just in time for sunrise for a fantastic view of Boulder and the Front Range.


  • Take less! I over-estimated how long the run would take me and packed too much stuff in my running vest: Phone, 1 Liter water, snack, trekking poles, head lamp, pocket knife, headphones, chapstick, etc. For less technical runs, I can ditch the poles. For shorter runs, I can bring less water. For all runs, I need to shave as much weight as possible (Do I actually need a pocket knife on a run?!). It might be interesting to weight my full running kit under various configurations.
  • Be bold! Start cold! Long socks + shorts kept my legs warm enough but I was over dressed up top and got hot really fast. I need to work on my laying system so that I can be bolder and start colder.
  • Pacing needs work. I spent most of the run in Heart Rate Zone 3. I need to work on my pace (especially uphill) so that I can spend more time in Heart Rate Zone 2. Uphill was difficult! I hiked as much if not more than I ran. The view was worth it at the top though and the downhill was fun! The return was a wide, smooth track all the way back to the trailhead. I ran hard the entire way down.

Trail Details:

Workout Details:

  • Start Time: 6:48 AM
  • Workout Duration: 39 min 46 sec
  • Average Heartrate: 143 bpm
  • Average Pace: 16'02"/mi


  • Temperature: 38ΒΊF
  • Humidity: 36%
  • Air Quality: 39
  • Conditions: Partly Cloudy

Sunrise over Boulder from Dakota Ridge. Taken March 2024