Gore Range Trail

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Gore Range Trail is in the Gore Range, part of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is located in the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Summit County. Buffalo Mountain Trail is north of Interstate 70, west of Highway 9, in Silverthorne. The Gore Range Trail passes 54 miles (87 km) from Copper Mountain at Wheeler Lakes Trail to the junction of Eaglesmere Lakes Trail, from the southern to northern boundary of Eagles Nest Wilderness.

The Gore Range Trail is named in honor of Sir Gore, 1811–1878, a European nobleman who hired Jim Bridger to lead him on a hunting expedition through the Rocky Mountains during 1854 to 1857. The trail begins at Wheeler Flats, 9,723 feet (2,964 m), with its highest point at Red Buffalo Pass, 11,742 feet (3,579 m) in elevation.

Gore Range Trail #60

The Gore Range Trail runs the north-south length of the Dillon Ranger District portion of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The trail begins at the Copper Mountain exit along Interstate 70 and finishes in the Spring Creek area north of Green Mountain Reservoir. The trail climbs over Uneva and Eccles Passes before dropping below tree-line. It then climbs in and out of numerous drainages as it travels north. The Gore Range Trail is named after Sir St. George Gore, an Irish nobleman, who led a hunting expedition across this mountain range in 1853. Jim Bridger, aka “King of the Mountain Men,” served as guide. They crossed what is now the Gore Range and hunted extensively in the Vail area.

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Open to Hike/Horse Only. Trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.
Closest Towns: Friso, Colorado; Silverthorne, CO

Directions: Southern TrailheadFrom westbound I-70 take Exit 196, Scenic Overlook, and park in the spaces provided. From eastbound I-70 travel to Exit 198, Officers Gulch, and turn left at the stop sign. Travel underneath I-70 and take the westbound on-ramp for I-70. Travel on I-70 westbound and take Exit 196, Scenic Overlook, and park in the spaces provided. Northern TrailheadFrom I-70 take Exit 205, Silverthorne/Dillon, and travel north on HWY 9 for approximately 27 miles into Grand County. Turn left onto Spring Creek Road, Grand County Road 10. Follow Spring Creek Road (CR 10) for 6.8 miles and continue straight on FDR 23 after you cross a cattle guard where there is a BLM bulletin board. In a few miles you will pass the National Forest Boundary where there is a kiosk. At the next junction turn left onto FDR #1832. Follow this road until it ends at the Gore Range Trailhead.


  • Trail Measurement: 50 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 394809N
  • Compass Longitude: 1061434W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.8024855
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.2428041
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,985 to 3,575
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,795 to 11,732

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    50 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
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  • Elevation in Feet
    9,795 to 11,732
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,985 to 3,575
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