Bowman’s Shortcut Trail

Frisco, Colorado 80443

Bowman’s Shortcut Trail

Bowman’s Shortcut Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Bowman’s Shortcut Trail is often gentle interspersed with a few steep stretches. The trail winds through lodgepole and spruce-fir forest then crosses several open meadows on a gentle ridge with great views of Mount of the Holy Cross and the Sawatch Range to the southwest the Gore Range to the east and the Tenmile Range to the south. The meadows are filled with colorful wildflowers in July.

In winter this trail is part of the Commando Run of the U. S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division fame. The best part of Bowman’s Shortcut Trail comes along the high gentle ridge —the great views cover a large section of the central mountains. You can see at least three 14 000-foot peaks: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive near Leadville and Mount of the Holy Cross. What appears to be a high meadow above a headwall is really Homestake Reservoir. To the east the craggy peaks of the Gore Range treat the eye."

More Bowman’s Shortcut Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Upon reaching the top of Bowman’s Shortcut, you may start singing the Sound of Music. Great views of Mount of the Holy Cross and the Sawatch Range to the southwest, the Gore Range to the east, and the Tenmile Range to the south uplift the spirit. Colorful wildflowers fill the meadows in July.

Bowman’s Shortcut Trail is often gently interspersed with a few steep stretches. The trail winds through lodgepole and spruce-fir forest then crosses several open meadows on a gentle ridge. In winter this trail is part of the Commando Run of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division fame."

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Trail Information

Frisco
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.6
Distance
880 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.3 to 3.8 hours
Duration
Best from late June to early October
Season
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Red Cliff; Trails Illustrated:#108 Vail,Frisco,Dillon
Local Maps