Rosalie Trail

Georgetown, Colorado

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The Rosalie Trail offers a variety of terrain and scenery. The trail is mostly through a dense and lush Colorado forest that is watered by numerous creeks your dog will enjoy. Views are spectacular and include the southwestern slope of Mount Bierstadt and the glacial cirque on the south side of Mount Evans. The trail snakes along the base of Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans, two of the four Fourteeners in the Front Range. Several stretches of the trail are above timberline. The Guanella Pass area is notorious for sudden, intense afternoon thunderstorms, hence the lushness of the forest. This weather pattern also affects hikers, particularly when they are hiking above timberline.

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"The Rosalie Trail offers a variety of terrain and scenery. The trail is mostly through a dense and lush Colorado forest that is watered by numerous creeks your dog will enjoy. Views are spectacular and include the southwestern slope of Mount Bierstadt and the glacial cirque on the south side of Mount Evans.

The trail snakes along the base of Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans, two of the four Fourteeners in the Front Range. Several stretches of the trail are above timberline. The Guanella Pass area is notorious for sudden, intense afternoon thunderstorms, hence the lushness of the forest. This weather pattern also affects hikers, particularly when they are hiking above timberline."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Georgetown
Distance: 12.4
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 9-10 hours
Season: Best July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 11,550 feet
Top Elevation: 11,800 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pike National Forest, South Platte Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Evans, Harris Park; Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass

Rosalie Trail Reviews

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8/4/2010
Awesome trail. Going from Georgetown to Bailey it took a straight 8 hours. The trail is hard to follow when you get on top of the mountain but it is majestic view and experience.
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9/30/2006
Did this on Labor Day as a training hike for my MN buddy who was heading to Nepal to trek 5 weeks in celebration of his 50th birthday. Cloudy/foggy in Denver and the foothills. We hiked the peak--not the trail. 4 miles, 4k vert in 4 hrs. Every step was uphill from the Jeep to the peak. Only saw one other group of people along the way, some local-yokels (no insult intended) wandering around with a .22 looking for something 4-legged to shoot. It's a tough slog to the saddle that would take you down into the Bear Creek/Cub Creek drainage if you weren't paying attention. Broke out of the clouds just below the saddle and it was glorious. From the saddle to the summit was a solid hour of rest steps but it was as awesome as any 14er summit I've done. On the way back down, we paused to do luxurious stretches in the sun, drink a beer and speak philosophically of life. This is a real sleeper and overlooked by the masses which makes it great.
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