Montgomery Pass

Fort Collins Colorado Cross Country Ski Trails

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This is a challenging tour on a steep, narrow trail, but you are rewarded with fantastic views into North Park. The popular tour to Montgomery Pass is one of the more difficult routes in this guide. Despite a blue diamond rating by the Forest Service, we rate this route most difficult for its steep, narrow trail with many blind curves. Slower snowshoers heading uphill need to be alert for skiers plunging down the fast trail. From the pass, the trail descends west into the Colorado State Forest (a fee area). You will likely encounter hut-trippers coming up to the pass from that side for a day of fun from the close-by Upper Montgomery Pass Yurt, one of seven maintained in the State Forest.
The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide

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The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide

by Dave Muller (Colorado Mountain Club Press)

This is a challenging tour on a steep, narrow trail, but you are rewarded with fantastic views into North Park. The popular tour to Montgomery Pass is one of the more difficult routes in this guide. Despite a blue diamond rating by the Forest Service, we rate this route most difficult for its steep, narrow trail with many blind curves. Slower snowshoers heading uphill need to be alert for skiers plunging down the fast trail. From the pass, the trail descends west into the Colorado State Forest (a fee area). You will likely encounter hut-trippers coming up to the pass from that side for a day of fun from the close-by Upper Montgomery Pass Yurt, one of seven maintained in the State Forest.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Fort Collins
Length: 3.8
Elevation Gain: 1,110 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Most Difficult; Avalanche Danger: Moderate
Duration: 76 minutes up, 45 minutes down
Season: Early December to late February
Trailhead Elevation: 9,990 feet
Top Elevation: 10,990 feet
Local Contacts: Roosevelt National Forest; Colorado State Forest
Local Maps: USGS Clark Peak
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