Buchanan Pass Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 10,398 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,024 feet. The Buchanan Pass (elevation 11,844 feet) saddle can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost.
Buchanan Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The nonmotorized Buchanan Pass Trail 910 takes you gently uphill through thick forest north of Middle Saint Vrain Creek and into high meadows with beautiful vistas of the Continental Divide. This hike is featured as access to explore the area. Past the 4.5-mile turnaround, you can hike any of several di?erent trails to the Saint Vrain Glaciers—Red Deer Lake, Saint Vrain Mountain, Beaver Creek Trail, or Buchanan Pass-that traverse the Divide. As a day hike, you can enjoy big rock outcroppings at mile 2.1 and the broad meadows and creekside stops just before the Indian Peaks Wilderness boundary."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"The challenging Buchanan Pass Trail has been recently closed to us mountain bikers, but a good ride can still be had using the forest road on the south side of Middle St. Vrain creek. The trail starts easy, but gets progressively rockier as it climbs to the Coney Cutoff Road. The drop from Coney Flats is long, much of which is on loose small rocks. Pedal a short distance on the road and take the wide Middle St. Vrain Trail on the left. The trail is remarkably smooth as it slowly climbs west along the Middle St. Vrain River. Several trails join the main trail; keep pedaling parallel to the river to the Middle St. Vrain Road. Turn left onto the road and grind your way west, sometimes on baby-head sized rocks to the Cooney Cutoff Road FR 507 (5.3). Take this rutted and rocky road on the left toward Beaver Reservoir and climb to the Coney Flats Trailhead (6.0)."
--Tom Barnhart, Front Range Single Tracks (Fat Tire Press).
"The shortest route to Buchanan Pass begins at Beaver Reservoir and leads to a tundra- covered pass below Sawtooth Mountain and over to the western side of Indian Peaks.The least-lengthy approach to Buchanan Pass begins on the north shore of Beaver Reservoir. (The Buchanan Pass Trail from the Middle Saint Vrain Creek to the north is long; the Buchanan Pass Trail from the west to the pass on the Continental Divide is longer.) From privately owned Beaver Reservoir, walking up a 4WD road lifts hikers along a comparatively gentle grade through lodgepole pines. Here and there, actual beaver reservoirs built by busy rodents add interest and mosquitoes to this route."
--Kent Dannen, Best Hikes Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"This fantastic excursion up to Buchanan Pass and Sawtooth Mountain features alpine wildflowers, meadows, spectacular views, great camping sites, and an ascent of Sawtooth Mountain. This is a beautiful two-to three-day hike. Trail conditions: The lower part of the trail is rocky and wet in some sections. The trail is well traveled and sees a fair amount of traffic during weekends in the summer months. Mountain bikes are allowed on this part of the Buchanan Pass Trail. The upper part of the trail near Buchanan Pass holds snow well into the summer months."
--Bob D'Antonio, Hiking Colorado's Indian Peaks Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"A great singletrack challenge for advanced riders. Beautiful scenery along Middle Saint Vrain Creek, with occasional views to the Indian Peaks. Tread: 10.0 miles on singletrack and 1.5 miles on forest roads."
--Bob D'Antonio, Mountain Biking Denver & Boulder (Falcon Guides).
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