Baker Pass

Grand Lake, Colorado 80447

Baker Pass

Baker Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Nestled up to the western border of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Never Summer Mountains got their name from the Arapaho Indian word Ni-chebe-chii or “No Never Summer.” Although the range does seem to be gripped by winter for much of the year, it is probably no more so than other comparable mountain ranges in northern Colorado.

Nevertheless, the name does have a certain mystique, as do the mountains themselves. A nice day hike—or perhaps an overnight excursion—into the Never Summers follows the Baker Gulch Trail for 6 miles to the drainage’s headwaters at 11,253-foot Baker Pass. Because the pass lies at the heart of the range, and because the Never Summers are not well known, the chances of finding solitude along this hike are great."

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This is a hike across a river valley, through trees and vales, and into a gorgeous valley bordered by mountains with a riot of wildflowers in the spring and early summer, meadows that roll to the horizon, and the possibility of more challenging climbs to either Parika Lake or the top of Mount Nimbus. You are responsible for your own safety and health while in the wilderness. The fact that a trail is described in this book does not mean that it will be safe for you. Be aware that trail conditions can change from day to day."

Baker Pass Trip Reports

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Arrived Thursday, June 22, 2006 around 2p. Packed up and backpacked in about two miles. Set up a wonderful camp near a large meadow to the north. Absolutly beautiful trail. I have been all over Colorado and this is one of the best trails I have had the opportunity to backpack in the state. Very few people too. In the three days I was on the trail I only saw six people and five of them were on Saturday, June 24th. Three days was a little too long for this trial though. The other folks I saw hiked the 12 mile round trip in one day with a small day pack. THIS IS NOT AN EASY HIKE. The gain in altitude takes about five hours up and about three hours back down if you only take a day pack. Take at least one camel pack if you're only going for the day. If you stay overnight take a water pump/filter because there is a beautiful river to rely on.
Overall... I highly recommend this trail. I will go back next year.
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one of my favorite hikes of all time. make sure to swing by parika lake on your way back down the trail. keep in mind that there is generally snow on the trail at the higher elevations until early june. it can also be a bit "marshy" until mid-late june. don't miss this trail!

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Trail Information

Grand Lake
Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
July to September
8,940 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,253 feet
Top Elevation
Arapaho National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Forest; Never Summer Wilderness Area
Local Contacts
USGS Bowen Mountain, Mount Richtofen, Grand Lake
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