Eccles Pass

Frisco, Colorado 80443

Eccles Pass

Eccles Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Located in the southern end of the Gore Range, 11,900-foot Eccles Pass makes a great destination for hikers who set out along the Meadow Creek Trail, both for the scenery and for the sheer pleasure of reaching this high point."

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9/1/2018
I did this on 08/30/2018. The weather was cool and dry and the hike itself was not hard. The trail is well maintained and not always rocky...but it is rocky in places. There are great views basically at all levels but the best views are at the pass. In fact those views are outstanding. I spent about 1.5 h there just sitting and eating lunch and admiring the views. About 2.5 h to get the top and about 2 hours to hike back down. Other reviewers mention mosquitoes. I didn't see any.
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8/3/2011
A great hike - both me and my dog loved it. Plenty of water, and gorgeous views! You don't meet up with the gorge trail until about mile 4. Go early, the trail fills up later in the day. I started at 6am and started seeing people on the way down at about 9am (a lot of people). You can even go further on this trail and make it an overnight. I am planning on doing this at some point.
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7/31/2011
Beautiful hike! This trail has a variety of scenery, from a forest of trees to open meadows and to awesome views of the Gore Range. The first half of the hike does have a lot of bugs/mosquitos, so make sure you bring your deet. This time of year, there were a lot of variety of wildflowers and it was absolutely gorgeous! the hike from the alpine meadow to the pass is not that bad at all. I didn't go to Red Buffalo pass, just did Eccles. Amazing views of Red Peak and you can see the trail that goes over Eccles and towards Red Buffalo. If you forget your deet, then just keep walking and swing those arms! (which is what i ended up doing and i only got one little bug bite)
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7/29/2010
Ok, I have done much nicer trails and better scenery. The trail is ok if you like big rocks and loose rocks all at the same time, and as far as some of the most stunning scenery, it good but not great. Best part of my hike was the family of marmots that were just pure entertainment seeing the young and old playing together!! Is it work doing yes but dont expect a lot.
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7/11/2009
What a lovely hike. Once we broke out of the trees, the veiws were great. The final meadow and ascent to the pass was lush. The views from the pass were stunning. We did not meet too many hikers, but saw more than our share of mosquitoes. Bring the bug spray - you will need it.
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6/17/2009
Great hike! Made it to treeline when the snow became a bit much to handle with no snowshoes. Meadow flowers just starting to bloom, elk on the mountainside, and gorgeous down valley views made failing to reach the summit no disappointment at all! Enjoying beers at Backcountry Brewery in Frisco. Just another day in Paradise.
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8/3/2008
Overall a great trail. A little steep at first, then well-maintained and excellent for trail-running, both directions. If weather permits, definitely do the extra mile to Red Buffalo Pass.
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7/30/2008
Beautiful, but LOTS of mosquitos when we went (late-July).
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7/7/2004
This trail was awesome! Begins w/ a lot of trees, opens to beautiful green & flowers above tree line (in July). I think the path is very identifiable...you just have to wait for the snow to melt just like most high altitude hikes in
Colorado. moderate slopes. I would consider it a good work-out for sure.

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7/17/2003
Beautiful hike. Not too strenuous if you are a local but my out of state friends were a little winded. I was surprised about the number of flies and mosquitos. This was probably due to the recent snow-melt. I recommend you take bug spray. Incredible views at the top of the pass. Leave early in the am to avoid afternoon thunderstorms!
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Trail Information

Frisco
Nearby City
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Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
July to October
Season
9,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,900 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest; Eagles Nest Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Frisco, Vail Pass
Local Maps

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