Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area Hiking

in and around Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area.

 
... Preview: This short but steep segment of the Colorado Trail makes a long and largely viewless climb to the divide above Silver Creek, just east of Mount Yale. Most of the climb is on hot southern exposures, ma ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
... Preview: Bask on this summit, surrounded by giants — the skyscraping Collegiate Peaks. Trail: Initial 1.8 miles, intermittent trail beyond. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 9.2 miles   
... Preview: A day hike up a remote valley. This obscure trail follows the meadows up Bowman Creek, which is flanked by steep foothills. The trail is easy to follow to the forks of the stream, but map and compass ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 8.6 miles   
... Preview: The hike to Browns Pass and nearby Browns Cabin offers a pleasurable way to enjoy the southern portion of the Collegiate Mountain Range. In addition to the incredible scenery you would expect to find ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 8.80000019073486 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to Hartenstein Lake or Browns Pass, or a backpack to Texas Creek. The trail to Browns Pass represents one of the most popular entry points into the southern reaches of the Collegiate Peaks ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 10 miles   
... Preview: The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness may very well possess the highest average elevation of any wilderness area in the contiguous 48 states. Eight peaks exceeding 14,000 feet are found here, including the ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Complete Guide to Colorado's Wilderness Areas
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 105 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to a wooded hanging valley. This trail offers a steady climb through the trees from Difficult Creek Campground, leading to a timbered hanging valley where Difficult Creek tumbles through pr ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 8.8 miles   
... Preview: Elkhead Pass, the state’s second highest saddle, is a real grunt of a hike—but worth every bit of the effort. Located on the north end of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, this route climbs to the head ... Related information:... From the guidebook 100 Classic Hikes in Colorado
Vicksburg, CO - Hiking - 9 miles   
... Preview: Here’s an all-above-treeline hike with constantly unfolding vistas and summer wildflowers. Trail: Initial few hundred yards, tundra walk beyond. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 4.4 miles   
... Preview: Fine views of the Sawatch Range are yours on this hike from historic Tincup Pass. Trail: To the saddle, talus and tundra beyond. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 2.7 miles   
... Preview: Frenchman Creek rises in a tundra-clad basin between Mounts Harvard and Columbia, then rushes down through soggy parks to enter the lodgepole forests at the skirts of the mountains. Although the Frenc ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 7 miles   
... Preview: This little-known hike follows an old logging road along a high mountain valley south of Independence Pass. All along the way, you will spot saddle-notched platforms that look like cabin foundations. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 4.8 miles   
... Preview: This popular and accessible trail leads up the meadow-filled valley of Grizzly Creek, ending high in a barren cirque that bears Grizzly Lake. The hike begins with a steady climb through spruce forest, ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 7.2 miles   
... Preview: The great bear that once roamed these mountains is remembered by this high lake and a former fourteener. There are many lakes, creeks and mountains in Colorado named for the great bear. In fact, early ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 7.6 miles   
... Preview: Keep a sharp eye for mountains goats known to patrol the cliffs above this lovely alpine lake. Buena Vista is my idea of an ideal Colorado mountain town. Surrounded by towering peaks, adjacent to the ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 6 miles   
... Preview: Hike along a segment of the Colorado Trail to two sublime lakes that promise rest and reflection. As winter approaches in Week 43, the hiker should seek lower destinations, in areas which normally exp ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 5.6 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to a 14,003-foot peak. Although Huron Peak is one of the smallest of the fourteeners, at 14,003 feet, in terms of challenge and scenery it is one of the most rewarding. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 6.4 miles   
... Preview: Trek through Missouri Basin — a spectacular tundra garden, blissfully uncrowded. Trail: Initial 5.6 miles, off-trail tundra and talus beyond. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 14 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to Kroenke Lake or a longer trip to Browns Pass. This trail follows North Cottonwood Creek up to a pretty subalpine lake, then climbs above the timberline for a high traverse above the Texa ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 13.4 miles   
... Preview: This hike has it all: two gorgeous lakes, a short walk along the Continental Divide, and memorable views of several 14,000-foot Collegiate Peaks. At 12.9 miles it is a relatively easy backpack trip wi ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 12.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: La Plata Peak lies in the Sawatch Range near the center of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This 80-mile-long range of mountains contains more 14,000-foot peaks than any other range in the lower 48 United ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 9.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike to the summit of a 14,336-foot peak. The trail to La Plata Peak follows Lake Creek past a pretty slot canyon, then climbs along La Plata Gulch to reach a picturesque hanging valley. This va ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 8.6 miles   
... Preview: Lake Ann is an alpine gem that lies just south of the Continental Divide and west of three picturesque summits known as the Three Apostles. The lake is also on the Continental Divide Trail; consequent ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike to Lake Ann or the Continental Divide. This trail climbs to a high pass above the alpine basin of Lake Ann. It has recently been extended westward and descends to the Timberline Trail as pa ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 7.6 miles   
... Preview: The valley of Pine Creek is one of the most beautiful in the Collegiate Peaks, with four skyscraping fourteeners. The trail leading southwest along Pine Creek takes you into one of the most beautiful ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 13.2 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to Elkhead Pass or backpack to Pine Creek. This challenging trail climbs along steep Missouri Gulch, then mounts a succession of rolling rises as it breaks out into the alpine tundra. At th ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 13.6 miles   
... Preview: This hike, with its 4,660 feet of elevation gain, is a relatively strenuous choice, but the rewards are ample. After climbing for the first two miles the trail finally levels out in a high alpine vall ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 9.7 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: A day hike to the summit of 14,196-foot Mount Belford, with an additional side trip to 14,153-foot Mount Oxford. The Mount Belford trail splits away from the Elkhead Pass route about midway up Missour ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 17.4 miles   
... Preview: Mount Huron lies 0.6 miles north of the Continental Divide, at the top of a long ridge that includes Brown's Peak (13,523 ft.). It is best known for its terrific views Mount Huron Trail of the Three A ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 6.2 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Endurance is required, but no technical skill, in hiking up a pair of Sawatch Range giants. When hiking up fourteeners, there are two types of difficulty. There is the technical difficulty related to ... Related information:... From the guidebook The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 12.6 miles   
... Preview: Mount Yale is one of fifteen 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado’s Sawatch Mountain Range. The range is a favorite hiking area, and writers frequently refer to it with whimsical phrases such as “the pinnacl ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado's Incredible Backcountry Trails
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 10.9 miles    BestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
... Preview: Mount Yale rises to a height of 14,194 feet above Middle Cottonwood Creek, commanding a vast sweep of the central Sawatch Range. The hike begins on the trail to Browns Pass, then follows a well-beaten ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 8.8 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to the Bowman Creek divide or a loop hike along wilderness routes visiting Ptarmigan Lake and Brooklyn Gulch. The New York Creek Trail climbs into an alpine basin framed by pretty but unspe ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 11.3 miles   
... Preview: This hard-to-reach trail follows the Lake Fork of Clear Creek. The late snowmelt and abundant groundwater that characterize this north-facing basin lead to a vibrant display of wildflowers that linger ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 7 miles   
... Preview: A half-day hike through alpine meadows to Anderson Lake or Petroleum Lake. This trail follows old mining roads through non-wilderness lands to reach a pair of alpine lakes above the ghost town of Ruby ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 3.6 miles   
... Preview: A backpack to Silver King Lake. Pine Creek is one of the few long valleys that penetrate deep into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, allowing multi-day backpacking trips. The final 1.6 miles to Silver ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 22.2 miles   
... Preview: This gentle, Sawatch Range peak has impressive views of some of Colorado’s highest. Trail: Initial 2.4 miles, off-trail tundra beyond. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 6.2 miles   
... Preview: This trail was originally blazed by bands of Ute Indians, who used Lake Pass to travel between the Arkansas and Gunnison rivers. Later it was used by prospectors, and according to some accounts it is ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 12.4 miles   
... Preview: This short and little-known trail makes a gentle climb into a wild, alpine basin. The hike begins on an old jeep trail that wanders up the willow-dotted meadows of Sayres Gulch. An imposing summit ris ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 2.6 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to the top of a high pass east of Mount Yale. This leg of the Colorado Trail climbs from the North Fork of Cottonwood Creek to a basin at the base of Mount Yale, then climbs to the divide. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 6.4 miles   
... Preview: This hike follows a mining road dating from the turn of the twentieth century, built to cross the Continental Divide, linking the boomtown of Ruby to the smelting mills at Leadville. The road was aban ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Leadville, CO - Hiking - 6.4 miles   
... Preview: This primitive trail links the valleys of Frenchman Creek and Pine Creek via a high pass beside Mount Harvard. The route finding can be difficult in places: The trail is often faint or even nonexisten ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 3.9 miles   
... Preview: A backpack over a wilderness route to Texas Creek. This trail provides a scenic and less strenuous route from Cottonwood Pass Road to Texas Creek. The trail receives only rudimentary maintenance and d ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 4.5 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to a high pass above Galena Creek. This short trail follows a beautiful glacier-carved valley full of alpine meadows and flanked by inspiring summits. The last mile or so to the pass above ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 7.8 miles   
... Preview: A day hike or backpack along a major valley. Texas Creek drains one of the few long valleys that penetrate into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Linkages with trails to Waterloo Gulch, the Magdalene M ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 14 miles   
... Preview: A day hike up an old road to an abandoned mining camp. This “trail” is really a closed mining road that leads up to a large, old mining complex high on the flanks of the Sawatch Range. The lode was di ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 5 miles   
... Preview: A complex of short trails that visit waterfalls and water-sculpted gorges. This complex of short trails begins at the site of the old Weller Station on the original Independence Pass wagon road. Tolls ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 0.6 mile   
... Preview: The Horn Fork of North Cottonwood Creek originates at Bear Lake, a large pool set amid the alpine tundra at the base of Mount Harvard. Bear Lake makes a good destination for day hikers. Ambitious hike ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 10.8 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to Harvard Lakes or a backpack along the skirts of the mountains. This trail makes a high traverse across the mountainsides along the eastern boundary of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. Th ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 17.5 miles   
... Preview: A side trip from upper Texas Creek to an old mine high above the timberline. The Magdalene Mine is one of the best-preserved ruins of a mine site in the Sawatch Range. For backpackers camped in upper ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 4.4 miles   
... Preview: This easy hike follows a remote, open valley flanked by impressive peaks. Although it is close to the ghost town of Winfield, the North Fork of Clear Creek is relatively obscure and receives lighter v ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 5.6 miles   
... Preview: This pleasant but obscure little day hike follows an old mining road that leads nowhere in particular. Along the way, you can take in stunning views of the Three Apostles and view beaver ponds en rout ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 4 miles   
... Preview: A challenging day hike following a wilderness route to a high alpine lake. This trail, which is no longer maintained by the White River National Forest, is used primarily by anglers who are seeking a ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 3.4 miles   
... Preview: A day hike to a high mountain valley. In 1882 a pair of prospectors named John Abbett and John Lynch found traces of precious metals in Waterloo Gulch. They developed claims known as the Abbett Mine, ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - 9 miles   
... Preview: This short trail leads to a pleasant but unspectacular lake in the foothills east of Aspen. Its proximity to town and easy gradient make it a fairly popular trip. ... Related information:... From the guidebook Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness
Aspen, CO - Hiking - 1.2 miles   

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