Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone  by Dave Muller

Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone Guide Book

by Dave Muller (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone  by Dave Muller
From world-renowned Rocky Mountain National Park in the north to the magnificent San Juans in the southwest, from the famed peaks above Aspen to the remote tops of the Sangre de Cristos, no other state offers so many summits to reach or such spectacular alpine hiking as Colorado. Here you'll find everything you need to enjoy the best summit hikes that the state has to offer: accurate access and route descriptions, must-have color maps and elevation profiles, equipment checklists, safety tips and a full-featured index. Dozens of informative side-bars, on everything from history and nature to tips on photography and "fun facts," add to an enjoyable hiking experience. One of the great pleasures of reaching a summit is, of course, the great views to be enjoyed. That is why we include Great View, an easy-to-use system that identifies all the peaks within view from your summit.

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Trails from the "Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 95.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 95.

This is a hike through history with relics from Colorado’s gold rush days along the way. Proceed southeast up the road on your left. The road curves south and, in a quarter mile, you will arrive at ...
Idaho Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
Two famous wilderness paths converge on a hike to the terminus of the Sawatch Range. Trail: Initial 5.5 miles, off-trail tundra and talus beyond. Begin south on an excellent road, part of the Colorad ...
Salida, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 13
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Hold on to your hat — the God of the North Wind may visit you on this beautiful ridge walk. This is a good hike for those who enjoy ridge walking and being above timberline. Head northeast and up, st ...
Breckenridge, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
This makes a good early or late season hike, with some enjoyable, easy rock hiking over the last few hundred yards to the summit. The rock you are scrambling on is the very granular Pikes Peak granite ...
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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Bighorn sheep make this peak their home and can often be spotted on the open slopes in early summer. Trail: Initial 2.25 miles on ascent, final 2.0 miles on descent.
Bailey, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
After a beautiful forest walk, you are rewarded with a fine view of the Mount Evans massif. Trail: All the way.
Evergreen, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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A hike to remote Bills Peak features an exceptionally well-marked trail and an option to visit a pretty alpine lake. Proceed east at the trail sign and register. Kinney Creek remains on your right a ...
Dillon, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.6
This mountain forms part of the Continental Divide and lies on the boundary between Chaffee and Gunnison Counties. The trail, which is used for the initial part of this hike, continues to Kroenke Lake ...
Buena Vista, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
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Bison Peak is the highest in the Tarryall Range. The name Tarryall is said to have originated when miners found such abundant gold in this area that they believed there was enough for all (Tarry-all). ...
Jefferson, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.8
In winter, this valley is “the icebox of the nation,” but in season, this little peak is a summer delight. Begin west up the trail. After some switchbacks, you will reach a ridge and tundra just bel ...
Fraser, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
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A hike up this ridge in June is a delightful experience with miniature alpine plants to charm the senses. Trail: Initial 4.0 miles, bushwhack beyond.
Empire, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
Count ptarmigan and fourteeners — at least eighteen are visible — on this beautiful walk along the tundra. Buckeye Peak was probably named by some early miners from Ohio, the Buckeye State. There ar ...
Leadville, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 14.8
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The trail is a bit steep, but your well-earned reward is fantastic views and mountain goats. Trail: Most of the way, talus and tundra beyond.
Dillon, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
This challenging fourteener is considered by most climbers as one of the best in the state. Trail: All the way, but with moderate/difficult scrambling near top.
Aspen, CO - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 16.24
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The view from this gentle summit takes in the southernmost, glacier-fed lakes in the Rockies. Trail: To within 100 feet of the top. The trail begins at the left side of the parking area at a sign sta ...
Nederland, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.8
Enjoy exceptional views of a famous peak and an equally incredible hole that was once a mountain. Trail: Initial 0.25 mile, faint trail beyond.
Leadville, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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Observe the after effects of the largest wildfire in Colorado history on this summit jaunt. Trail: None, all bushwhacking with some easy scrambling.
Pine, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
This close-to-Denver hike is a good choice as an introduction to Colorado’s alpine. Trail: All the way.
Idaho Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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This is a perfect early summer hike along the crest of the Continental Divide. Trail: All the way on a dirt road.
Empire, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
It is striking how abruptly these classic fault-block mountains soar above the valleys on either side. Trail: All the way.
Westcliffe, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.4
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