Prospector Trail

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The Prospector Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Prospectors Trail

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The Prospectors Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail

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Silver Dollar Lake Trail (#79)

This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

Current Conditions: Lots of trees down across the Silver Dollar Lake road before the trailhead. Hard to reach the trailhead to start the hike.  Road to be cleared by July 1, 2012.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Georgetown, CO
Water: Lake; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: None
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

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* Just south of Guanella Pass Campground and north of the Guanella Pass, is a small parking area. * You may park here or travel another quarter mile up a 4-wheel drive road to another parking area where the trail starts.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This is a short hike yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This is a short trail yet the thin air and occasional steepness may be challenging. The trail leads to two lakes that are above treeline. The first lake, Naylor Lake is on private property. You may look, but please do not trespass. The second lake is Silver Dollar Lake and is for public use.

Warming Shelters No
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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American Discovery Trail

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The American Discovery Trail is a system of recreational trails and roads which collectively form a coast-to-coast hiking and biking trail across the mid-tier of the United States. Horses can also be ridden on most of this trail. It starts on theDelmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and ends on the northern California coast on the Pacific Ocean. The trail has northern and southern alternates for part of its distance, passing through Chicago and St Louis respectively. The total length of the trail including both the north and south routes is 6,800 miles (10,900 km). The northern route covers 4,834 miles (7,780 km) with the southern route covering 5,057 miles (8,138 km). It is the only non-motorized coast-to-coast trail.

The trail passes through 14 national parks and 16 national forests and uses sections of or connects to five National Scenic Trails, 10 National Historic Trails, and 23 National Recreation Trails. For part of its distance, it is coincident with the North Country Trail and the Buckeye Trail.

The trail passes through the District of Columbia and the following 15 states:

  • Delaware (45 miles (72 km))
  • Maryland (270 miles (430 km))
  • West Virginia (288 miles (463 km))
  • Ohio (524 miles (843 km))
  • Indiana (250 miles (400 km))
  • Illinois (219 miles (352 km))
  • Kentucky (524 miles (843 km))
  • Iowa (512 miles (824 km))
  • Missouri (343 miles (552 km))
  • Nebraska (523 miles (842 km))
  • Kansas (570 miles (920 km))
  • Colorado (1,153 miles (1,856 km))
  • Utah (593 miles (954 km))
  • Nevada (496 miles (798 km))
  • California (276 miles (444 km))

Hiking Records

Joyce and Pete Cottrell, of Whitefield, New Hampshire, were the first to backpack the entire official route of the American Discovery Trail. They hiked the segments out of sequence over two calendar years, finishing in 2003.

The first hikers to complete the trail in one continuous walk were Marcia and Ken Powers, a wife and husband team from Pleasanton, California. Their trailwalk lasted from February 27 to October 15, 2005. They started out from Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware and ended at Point Reyes, California. They trailed 5,058 miles (8,140 km) by foot, averaging 22 miles (35 km) a day.

The first person to backpack the entire 6,800 miles (including both Northern and Southern sections) in one continuous hike was Mike “Lion King” Daniel. He started from Cape Henlopen State Park on June 17, 2007, and ended at Point Reyes, California on November 5, 2008.

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Argentine Trail

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The Argentine Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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Chicago Lakes Trail

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Chicago Lakes Trail (#52)

Leaving from Echo Lake, the trail goes downhill for the first mile. Here Chicago Creek is dammed to form the Idaho Springs Reservoir. This will be the easy part of the hike for the trail then climbs upward the remaining three miles. You will pass through an old burn area where in 1978, 400 acres burned in the Reservoir Fire. Abundant wildflowers stand out against the burned trees. Darting back into the trees, the first Chicago Lake sits at treeline. The trail to the second lake, above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks. For a longer hike you can continue hiking south to Summit Lake and on up to the summit of Mount Evans. See Mt Evans Trail – West Ridge via Mt. Spalding for more information.

Permit Info: * A mandatory free self-issuing permit is required for the Mount Evans Wilderness. * Free permits are available at each trailhead or entry point into the wilderness.
Open Season: January
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Mount Evans Wilderness * Dogs must be on a hand held leash * No motorized or mechanized equipment * Camps, campfires and stock, where allowed, at least 100 feet from water and trails * Group size limited to 15 people and/or 10 pack/stock animals per party * Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault Toilet at Resthouse Meadows TH
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 – Hwy 103. Go south for approx. 12 mile to the junction of Hwy 103 and 5, the trail starts behind the Echo Lake Lodge. * There are several social trails in the area, simply choose the one that heads southwest. * This trail can also be easily accessed by the Denver Mountain Parks picnic area and scenic path around Echo Lake.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Leaving Echo Lake, the trail goes downhill for the first mile. Here Chicago Creek is dammed to form the Idaho Springs Reservoir. This will be the easy part of the hike for the trail then climbs upward the remaining three miles. You will pass through an old burn area where in 1978, 400 acres burned in the Reservoir Fire. Abundant wildflowers stand out against the burned trees. Darting back into the trees, the first Chicago Lake sits at treeline. The trail to the second lake, above treeline, is difficult to follow at times and is very steep. Both lakes offer excellent views of surrounding peaks. For a longer hike you can continue hiking south to Summit Lake and on up to the summit of Mount Evans. See Mt Evans Trail – West Ridge via Mt. Spalding for more information.

Fire Information Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult
Area/Length :
3.5 miles to Chicago Lakes (one way) 7 miles to Mount Evans (one way)

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Continental Divide Trail

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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (in short Continental Divide Trail (CDT)) is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. In Montana it crosses Triple Divide Peak which separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages. The trail is a combination of dedicated trails and small roads and considered 70% complete. Portions designated as uncompleted must be traveled by roadwalking on dirt or paved roads.

Only about two hundred people a year attempt to hike the entire trail, taking about six months to complete it. Dave Odell thru-hiked in 1977 and in the same year Dan Torpey hiked from the NM/CO border to Mt Robson, Canada. German long-distance rider Günter Wamser (on his way from Tierra del Fuego to Alaska), and Austrian Sonja Endlweber (who joined him for the rest of the journey from Mexico) managed to complete the tour with four Bureau of Land Management mustangs in three summers 2007–09.

In 2007, Francis Tapon became the first person to do a round backpacking trip “Yo-Yo” on the Continental Divide Trail when he thru-hiked from Mexico to Canada and back to Mexico along the CDT and needed 7 months to finish it. This seven-month journey spanned over 5,600 miles. Tapon took the most circuitous, scenic, high, difficult route north and while returning south, took the more expedient route. Andrew Skurka completed the trail as part of the 6,875-mile Great Western Loop in 2007.

The youngest person to hike the trail is Reed Gjonnes, who hiked the trail with her father Eric Gjonnes from April 15 to September 6, 2013 at the age of 13.

The Continental Divide Trail along with the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail form what thru-hiker enthusiasts have termed the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.

This trail can be continued north into Canada to Kakwa Lake north of Jasper National Park by the Great Divide Trail, which is so far described only in a few books and carries no official Canadian status.

Colorado

The CDT passes through many of the highest and wildest mountain regions of Colorado, such as the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado and the Sawatch Range in the central region. In most areas the trail is well marked. It is concurrent with the Colorado Trail for approximately 200 miles (320 km). The CDT itself meanders in Colorado some 650 miles (1,050 km) at higher altitudes. Depending on any given year’s snow-pack and a hiker’s individual schedule, alternative routes are available. The Creed Cut-off in the San Juan Mountains to avoid persistent snow or unfavorable weather is such an example. This should be balanced with Colorado’s ‘monsoon season’ with afternoon thunderstorms that usually occur in late July and August. The route’s location makes short side trips to many of Colorado’s 14,000-foot (4,300 m) peaks feasible. A few stretches of the CDT in Colorado have no distinct marked or named trail, but Jonathan Ley’s or Jim Wolf’s maps are helpful. The Continental Divide Trail in Colorado has been surveyed recently by Jerry Brown and colleagues. Some stretches of the CDT in Colorado are still a wilderness footpath.

Additional points of interest along the Colorado CDT include:

  • Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
  • Grays Peak – highest summit on the CDT
  • Mount Elbert and Mount Massive – Colorado’s highest peaks
  • Rabbit Ears Pass
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Wolf Creek Pass
  • North Park
  • Middle Park
  • South Park

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is a 3,100-mile trail that runs on or near the Continental Divide, from Canada to Mexico. However, the route is not complete. Most of the route through Colorado has been designated, though some sections of trail are not built. From Rollins Pass south to James Peak, the trail is designated with CDT-branded markers (photo). Spectacular views along this trail overlook the lakes within the James Peak Wilderness.

The South Boulder Creek Trail reaches the Divide at Rogers Pass. From here, the Continental Divide Trail traverses the steep west slope of the Divide towards James Peak on an old road grade. The road grade turns off the Divide at the Ute Trail. The Continental Divide Trail continues to the summit of James Peak.

Permit Info: Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area, which requires camping permits for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15. Day-hiking permits are free year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Sections of this trail enter into the Indian Peaks (see the “Permit Info” section) and James Peak Wilderness Areas. 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: Rollinsville, Colorado
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions: There are no trailheads on Boulder Ranger District that serve the Continental Divide Trail. It can be hiked to via South Boulder Creek Trail and Forest Lakes Trail.

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Grays Peak Trail

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Grays Peak National Recreation Trail or Grays Peak Trail lies along the Continental Divide of the Americas, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the White River National Forest, Summit County. Grays Peak Trail is south of Interstate 70, east of Keystone Resort and near Montezuma. Grays Peak is adjacent to Torreys Peak. The Grays Peak Trail begins 3 miles above Interstate 70, at 11,200 feet. The summit of Grays Peak is 3.7 miles from the trailhead. Torreys Peak is 4.15 miles from the trailhead, across a saddle from Grays Peak. Grays Peak Trail ascends south through the wetland willows of Stevens Gulch. The trail passes between Stevens Mine on a lower slope of McClellan Mountain,13,587 feet, forming the eastern wall of the valley, and Sterling Silver Group Mine beside the trail to the right on Kelso Mountain, 13,164 feet. The trail climbs 900 feet during the first 1.7 miles to a National Recreation Trail sign indicating that the summit is two miles farther.

From the saddle between Grays and Torreys, Stevens Gulch is within sight. The Keystone Resort slopes of Keystone Mountain, 11,641 feet, North Peak, 11,661, and South Peak, 11,982, are west of Grays Peak. Grays Peak, 14,270 feet, and Mount Edwards, 13,850 feet, form the ridge that is the Continental Divide of the Americas east of Torreys Peak.

Wildlife in the area includes mountain goat, pika, cougar or mountain lion, mule deer, elk, marmot, coyote, ptarmigan, American red squirrel, and gray jay or Canada jay. Wildflowers that bloom in the tundra area on the Continental Divide include moss campion (Silene acaulis), alpine forget-me-not (Myosotis alpestris), sky pilot (Polemonium viscosum), sea pink, old-man-of-the-mountain (Rydbergia grandiflora), and mountain gentian (Gentiana). In the Deer Creek Valley, below the tree-line, the blooms of monkshood or wolfsbane, blue columbine, fireweed, and paintbrush (Castilleja) can be found.

Length 3.4 miles (5.5 km) to Grays Peak; 4.2 miles (6.8 km) to Torreys Peak
Location Clear Creek County, Colorado,United States
Designation National Recreation Trail
Trailheads Grays Peak trailhead
Use Hiking
Elevation
Elevation gain/loss +3,566 feet (1,087 m)/-565 feet (172 m)
Highest point Gray Peak summit, 14,278 ft (4,352 m)
Lowest point Trailhead, 11,244 feet (3,427 m)
Grade 20%
Hiking details
Trail difficulty More Difficult
Sights Grays Peak; Torreys Peak; views of both sides of the Continental Divide; Mount Kelso; Mount Edwards
Hazards Severe Weather, Avalanche
Surface Rock, smooth

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Mount Evans Trail

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Mount Evans National Recreation Trail (#51)

This section of trail starts at the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site parking area. This short hike will allow you to “bag a fourteener” the easy way.

Operational Hours: 24/7 when the road is open
Fees The standard amenity recreation fee is required at Mount Goliath Natural Area, Summit Lake Park, and the Summit of Mount Evans Interpretive Site and passes are valid for all of three fee sites. While the road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (weather permitting) the fee is only required during daily hours of operation: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.  Vehicle Pass (1-12 occupants) is $10 for a three day pass.
Permit Info: Valid recreation pass must be displayed on vehicle.
Open Season: 28 May
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No camping, campfires or stove fires except in designated campgrounds or dispersed campsites. Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Idaho Springs, CO
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions: I-70 westbound, Idaho Springs exit #240 – Hwy 103. Drive approx. 12 miles to the turn off for Highway 5, Mount Evans road. Proceed through the fee station and drive 3 miles south on Highway 5 to the area.

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