Bear Peak Trail

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The Bear Peak Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.8 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39.954163
  • Compass Longitude: -105.299099
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.954163
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.299099
  • Elevation in Meters: 1740 to 2578
  • Elevation in Feet: 5,710 to 8,461

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East Longs Peak Trail

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The East Longs Peak Trail, Longs Peak Trail and Keyhole Route-Shelf Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance in the early recreational development of the park. The East Longs Peak Trail was laid out in 1878 by Reverend Elkanah H. Lamb, long before the designation of the region as parkland. It was extended in 1910 by Enos Mills. The trail leads from the Tahosa Valley, running counterclockwise around Longs Peakand reaching the summit at 14,259 feet.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 13.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°16'17.2"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°33'23.3"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.271456
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.556463
  • Elevation in Meters: 3575
  • Elevation in Feet: 11729

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North Sheep Mountain Trail

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The North Sheep Mountain Trail follows a side stream on the west side of North Sheep Mountain and climbs to Johnny Park Road. However it is not much used and is more of a navigation exercise than a trail. If you find your way to the top, a return can be made to Coulson Gulch Trailhead by turning right (east) 2.5 miles on Johnny Park Road.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 8.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 401328N
  • Compass Longitude: 1052606W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.2244293
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.4349958
  • Elevation in Meters: 2067 to 2563
  • Elevation in Feet: 6782 to 8410

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Beaver Creek Trail

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Beaver Creek Trail #464

Forest Trail #434 (Beaver Creek Trail) is 11.1 miles long and is in the West Elk Wilderness. The lower 2.75 miles is no longer maintained. The maintained trail segment begins at Forest Trail #601 and ends at Forest Trail #449. Forest Trail #464 is open for the following uses: hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding.

WEST BEAVER CREEK TRAIL #447
From the south, the trail gradually climbs along the Beaver Creek valley. The trail meanders through aspen and pine forests giving a sense of isolation and solitude. Beaver Creek is unique due to the reintroduction of native cutthroat trout. A fish barrier has been constructed near the Gunnison National Forest boundary to
protect the upper stretches of both Beaver Creek and West Beaver Creek from non-native fish encroachment.

From the south (Access #1), the trail begins on Colorado Division of Wildlife lands, passes through BLM lands, finally crossing onto
National Forest lands approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. If you continue north another 4.4 miles, you will enter into the West Elk Wilderness Area. Another mile north, the trail intersects with the Beaver Creek Trail #464 near the old cabin; this intersection is not very well defined. The West Beaver Creek Trail then heads west up West Beaver Creek. Expect very primitive trail conditions as
you travel toward timberline and the intersection with the Sun Park trail #444.
BEAVER CREEK TRAIL #464
From the south, the trail begins at the West Beaver Creek Trail intersection near the old cabin. Expect primitive trail conditions from this intersection. Continue to travel north on the trail; crossing Beaver Creek numerous times before reaching the Zig-Zag Trail intersection. The trail continues to follow Beaver Creek to above
timberline. The trail then flanks the east side of the Middle Baldy Mountains to the intersection with the Sun Park Trail #444.

Best Season: Summer through fall.
Closest Towns: Gunnison, CO
Operated By: Forest Service

Directions:

ACCESS #1: Travel 6 miles west on US Hwy 50 from Gunnison to the Gunnison
State Wildlife Area and turn right on the Beaver Creek Road #726.
A.) Travel north 2.5 miles through Colorado Division of Wildlife lands to Harris
Hereford Ranch. Once past the ranch, the road degrades from a gravel-surfaced
road to an un-surfaced primitive road requiring 4-wheel drive, even when road
conditions are dry. Park and hike or drive another 2 miles to the trailhead (at the
end of road #3113).
B.) Travel north 2 miles through Colorado Division of Wildlife lands and turn
right on Steers Gulch Road #726 before reaching the Harris Hereford Ranch.
Travel north to the trailhead (at the end of the road). When wet, 4-wheel drive is
required to safely travel on Forest Road #726. At the trailhead, park and hike
west into the West Elk Wilderness area on the Zig-Zag Trail #601. The Zig-Zag
Trail has a series of switchbacks that descend steeply to the Beaver Creek Trail
#464; approximately 4.5 miles north of the junction with the West Beaver Creek
Trail #447.
ACCESS #2: Travel about 3.5 miles north of Gunnison on US HWY 135. Take a
left on County Road 730 and travel northwest up Ohio Creek Road for
approximately 9 miles. Turn left onto Mill Creek Road, also known as BLM Road
3118, and follow it to the Little Mill Creek Trailhead #455. This trail intersects
with the Zig-Zag Trail, which then connects with Beaver Creek Trail within th~
West Elk Wilderness.

Beaver Creek Trail #911

Beaver Creek Trail enters into the Indian Peaks Wilderness shortly after leaving the Beaver Creek Trailhead. After a few switchbacks, the trail circles the ridge and intersects with the Mount Audubon Trail.

Beaver Creek Trail continues northward for 3.4 miles, descending the northeastern flank of the mountain on a nice graded trail, finally dropping into Coney Flats. From Coney Flats the Beaver Creek Trail turns west into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The Coney Lake Trail intersects 0.25 miles west of Coney Flats, and Beaver Creek Trail ends at Buchanan Pass Trail, 1.8 miles west of Coney Flats.

Permit Info: This trail lies within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12.
  • Packstock are prohibited on portions of this trail
  • Camping is prohibited on portions of this trail from May 1 through November 30.

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Occasional streams; treat water for drinking
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions:

From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Beaver Creek Trailhead.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. The south end climbs steeply to the north over a shoulder of Mount Audubon before dropping down Beaver Creek drainage and on to Coney Flats. From here the trail cuts west and ends at Buchanan Pass Trail. Destinations include Mount Audubon, Coney Lake and Buchanan Pass.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.9, 9.9, 11.1, 11.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400735N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053417W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1263746
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5713897
  • Elevation in Meters: 2438 to 3474
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,000 to 11,400

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Finch Lake-Pear Reservoir Trail

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The Finch Lake-Pear Reservoir Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Trail Measurement: 13.7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°12'30.2"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°33'42.7"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.208400
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.561849
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,019
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,905

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Pawnee Pass Trail

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Pawnee Pass Trail #907

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult Trail

Use: Extremely Heavy

Length: Long Lake Trailhead (TH) to Long Lake – 0.2 miles; to Jean Lunning Trail – 1.2; to Lake Isabelle – 2.1 miles; to Pawnee Pass – 4.6 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.

Elevation: 10,500 feet at the Long Lake TH; 12,541 feet at Pawnee Pass. Open To: Hiking in groups of 12 or less (pets must be on leash at all times)

Access:

  • From Nederland, drive 13 miles north on Colorado Highway 72 to the town of Ward.
  • Look for a sign for the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and turn west onto County Road 102.
  • Travel to the fee station and west of Brainard Lake. A signed road leads to the Long Lake TH.

Trail Highlights:

  • The first quarter mile of the Pawnee Pass Trail #907 to Long Lake is a heavily used trail. The Pawnee Pass Trail enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail continues along Long Lake as a wide and fairly flat trail.
  • The Pawnee Pass Trail continues up the valley at a gentle grade through wooded terrain. It makes a short climb to Lake Isabelle, which sits below tree line.
  • The Pawnee Pass Trail turns right (north) and climbs on a graded switchback trail. The trail first crosses a couple creeks and circles under a ridge above Lake Isabelle. It gains a wide bench above tree line by a series of short switchbacks. Another steep switchback pitch often holds snow late into the summer and leads to the top of Pawnee Pass (elevation 12,541 feet).
  • Continuing 9.75 miles westward on the Pawnee Pass Trail (Trail #1 on the west side of the Divide) would take you to Monarch Lake via the Cascade Creek Trail.

Important Information:

  • CAMPFIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
  • CAMPING IS ONLY PERMISSABLE IN THIS ZONE BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND APRIL 30. FROM MAY 1 THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, THIS AREA IS DAY-USE ONLY. Additional permit requirements exist for large and organized groups. Packstock restrictions apply.
  • The Brainard Lake Road is open seasonally. During these months, a vehicle fee applies for trailheads located within the Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

 

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400410N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053644W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0694307
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6122243
  • Elevation in Meters: 3200
  • Elevation in Feet: 10500

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Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off Trail

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The Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 400722N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053106W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1227635
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5183322
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,763
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,065

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Green Mountain Trail

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Green Mountain Trail #719

The Green Mountain Trail #719 is a popular route for hikers, horseback and ATV use.  It begins not far from the Visitor’s Center on Hay Park Road, FSR #129 and continues across the Grand Mesa until it comes to an end near Bailey Reservoir. It travels through oak brush, aspen stands and spruce/fir forests.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting – Heavy
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and OHVs less than 50″ in width.
Closest Towns: Hotchkiss, CO

Directions:

WESTERN ACCESS::
From Trickle Park Road, FSR #121, travel approximately 1.5 miles south on the Hay Park Road, FSR #129 to the Western Green Mountain Trailhead.  At this location, Ryan Reservoir is located on the west side of the road and the trailhead is located on the opposite (east) side of the Hay Park Road.

EASTERN ACCESS:
Travel north 3.5 miles from Cedaredge on Highway 65 to its intersection with County Road U50.  Turn right (east) onto County Road U50 and travel 6.5 miles east and north to its intersection with the southeastern Grand Mesa National Forest Boundary.  The Green Mountain Trail intersects the Surface Creek Road, FSR #125.1 approximately 0.5 miles north of the Forest Boundary.  The Green Mountain Trail intersection with the Surface Creek Road is marked with a 4X4 engraved trail post.

Parking:

WESTERN  TRAILHEAD:
Off of the Hay Park Road, FSR #129.  T.  12S.,  R.  94W.,  Sec.  8.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Grand Mesa.

SURFACE CREEK INTERSECTION:
Off Surface Creek Road, FSR #125.1.  T.  12S.,  R.  94W.,  Sec.  14.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Leon Peak.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 15.51 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°41'26.3"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°09'09.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.690630
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.152488
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,682 to 3,048
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,800 to 10,000

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Rainbow Lakes Trail

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Rainbow Lakes Trailhead

Located east of the Rainbow Lakes Campground, this newly constructed trailhead provides access to the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier Trails inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Vehicle access to this trailhead is seasonal.

Permit Info: This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets at trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions:

From Nederland, head west on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately seven miles. Look for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station sign and turn west onto National Forest System Road 298. This route is gated during the winter. This road is a five-mile, native-surfaced road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400044N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053444W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0122089
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5788894
  • Elevation in Meters: 3048
  • Elevation in Feet: 10000

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Blue Lake Trail

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Blue Lake Trail (#959)

The first two miles of the trail follows an old wagon trail crossing footbridges over Joe Wright Creek and Fall Creek before entering the Rawah Wilderness. The trail continues to climb toward Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Blue Lake, which is five miles from the trailhead, is a very popular destination or turn-around point. Both lakes are surrounded and protected by a ¼-mile camping closure zone. A short 2.4 mile climb to the north past Blue Lake and a descent to a junction with West Branch trail (#960) allow easy access to Island and Carey Lakes, the Rawah trail (#961), Twin Crater Lakes, and Grassy Pass. Backpackers often arrange shuttles, entering by the Blue Lake trail and leaving via the West Branch or Rawah trails. The Blue Lake trailhead accommodates approximately approximately 14 vehicles.

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined. Closure Regulations: ¼ mile closure zone around Blue and Hang Lakes. Alpine area closure, stoves only above 10,800 feet elevation (tree line). Stock and pack animals are prohibited between May 15th and September 15th. Between September 16th and May 14th overnight stock use is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 54 miles west to the Blue Lake trailhead parking lot on the right, located across the highway from Forest Road 156, Long Draw Road.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Hike for about 5 miles to enjoy the popular Blue Lake, near timberline. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Mummy Range in the distance, and maybe cooled by afternoon shadows created by the nearby Medicine Bow Mountains. The trail proceeds beyond Blue Lake to above timberline. Be sure to watch for mountain thunderstorms! The Blue Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 14 vehicles.

Fire Information Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Portions of this trail prohibit campfires including ¼-mile around Blue and Hang Lakes and above 10,800 feet. Where allowed campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This popular trail offers a long but pleasant ski or snowshoe trip to a high mountain lake. Park at the Blue Lake Trailhead along Colorado Highway 14. The trail leaves immediately from the west corner of the parking lot by the large informational display. The trail inside the wilderness can be difficult to find occasionally because it is not permanently marked beyond the wilderness boundary (reached at about the 2.5 mile mark). Follow the Blue Lake drainage to the lake from where it crosses the trail to avoid avalanche hazards along the summer route. Beware of avalanche danger above Blue Lake.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 7.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400510N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053532W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0860972
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5922237
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,901 to 3,358
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,520 to 11,020

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