Buchanan Pass Trail

Estes Park, Colorado

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The shortest route to Buchanan Pass begins at Beaver Reservoir and leads to a tundra- covered pass below Sawtooth Mountain and over to the western side of Indian Peaks. The least-lengthy approach to Buchanan Pass begins on the north shore of Beaver Reservoir. (The Buchanan Pass Trail from the Middle Saint Vrain Creek to the north is long; the Buchanan Pass Trail from the west to the pass on the Continental Divide is longer.) From privately owned Beaver Reservoir, walking up a 4WD road lifts hikers along a comparatively gentle grade through lodgepole pines. Here and there, actual beaver reservoirs built by busy rodents add interest and mosquitoes to this route.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

The shortest route to Buchanan Pass begins at Beaver Reservoir and leads to a tundra- covered pass below Sawtooth Mountain and over to the western side of Indian Peaks.

The least-lengthy approach to Buchanan Pass begins on the north shore of Beaver Reservoir. (The Buchanan Pass Trail from the Middle Saint Vrain Creek to the north is long; the Buchanan Pass Trail from the west to the pass on the Continental Divide is longer.) From privately owned Beaver Reservoir, walking up a 4WD road lifts hikers along a comparatively gentle grade through lodgepole pines. Here and there, actual beaver reservoirs built by busy rodents add interest and mosquitoes to this route.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 8 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301 (303) 541-2515; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Ward, Allens Park, Isolation Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Buchanan Pass Trail

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