Pawnee Pass

Estes Park, Colorado

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Pawnee Pass Trail follows a well-thought-out route offering spectacular views of Navajo Peak and Lake Isabelle (when it is present). Pawnee Pass received its name by passing Pawnee Peak, named as part of the process of naming Indian Peaks. The Pawnee were an agricultural people, living in dome-shaped earth lodges in Kansas and Nebraska. They ventured into Colorado’s eastern plains to hunt bison while the corn and squash were maturing. It is likely that they did not have much cause to cross the present Pawnee Pass. However, other Native Americans did follow a similar trail across the next low point to the south. This was the Breadline Trail.
Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

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Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness

by Kent Dannen (Falcon Guides)

Pawnee Pass Trail follows a well-thought-out route offering spectacular views of Navajo Peak and Lake Isabelle (when it is present).

Pawnee Pass received its name by passing Pawnee Peak, named as part of the process of naming Indian Peaks. The Pawnee were an agricultural people, living in dome-shaped earth lodges in Kansas and Nebraska. They ventured into Colorado’s eastern plains to hunt bison while the corn and squash were maturing. It is likely that they did not have much cause to cross the present Pawnee Pass. However, other Native Americans did follow a similar trail across the next low point to the south. This was the Breadline Trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Estes Park
Distance: 8.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 7 hours
Season: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 3140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Monarch Lake, Ward
Driving Directions: Directions to Pawnee Pass

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