Searle Pass and Kokomo Pass Trail

Frisco, Colorado 80498

Searle Pass and Kokomo Pass Trail

Searle Pass and Kokomo Pass Trail Professional Guide

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"This portion of the Colorado Trail delivers you above timberline via the beautiful Guller Gulch. On the other side of Copper Mountain Ski Resort, the singletrack passes high above Janet’s Cabin to Searle Pass and on to Kokomo Pass. This entire area proved an invaluable resource to America during World War II.

You’ll pass an area where soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division once trained for wintertime warfare. Visible from Searle Pass, the Climax Molybdenum Mine supplied the Allied Forces with most of their molybdenum, an element used to reinforce steel alloys, which was critical to the war effort."

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
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"The trail climbs a wide meadow up to timberline, but is never that far from a mixed forest. The trees occasionally come closer to create smaller meadows. The ridge to the east is Jacque Ridge. This is one of those hikes that offers tall, wavy grass in which your pet can roll to his heart’s content. However, if you don’t want to leave the trail to find water, take plenty of it not only for yourself but also for your dog. If hiking during the height of summer, this trail can get hot."

Searle Pass and Kokomo Pass Trail Trip Reports

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I did this trail as part of a loop starting at Camp Hale, over Resolution Pass, over Shrine Pass, down the Vail Pass bike path east, then over Searle and Kokomo on the CO trail back to Camp Hale. The trail starts out a bit rocky, then is a steady rolling climb with a few technical spots. You're along the edge of a beautiful meadow, then it opens up above treeline as you pass janet's cabin. From here on out, the trail gets very narrow and technical with quite a few hike-a-bike sections. The scenery is incredible going over the top, watch out for lightning! There are small craters around the high points were lightning has hit in the past, when I was up there a thunderhead started lighting up one of the adjacent peaks. From Searle to Kokomo there are a few boggy spots/a little hike-a-bike, but then from Kokomo down it is a rippin', screamin',descent back down to Camp Hale. If it weren't for the hike-a-bike stuff, this would be one of the favs.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,443 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
The route begins with a short stint on a paved bicycle path before connecting to singletrack. The singletrack includes rocky terrain and many roots.
2.5-3.5 hours
July to September
9,877 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,320 feet
Top Elevation
Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District, 680 Blue River Pkwy., Silverthorne 80498; (970) 468-5400.
Local Contacts
USGS Vail Pass, Copper Mountain; Trails Illustrated map #108: Vail Pass and map #109: Breckenridge South; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 48 A-1.
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