Montgomery Pass Road

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Elevation Gain2,368ft
Trailhead Elevation9,137ft
Elevation Min/Max9137/11301ft
Elevation Start/End9137/9137ft

Montgomery Pass Road

Montgomery Pass Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County and Jackson County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 9,137 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,368 feet.

Montgomery Pass Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a short, easy walk to a grand expanse of Colorado high country. Like all high-altitude hikes, start this one on a cloudless morn. Doing so gives youngsters ample time to roam the mountaintop landscape, including stops to investigate the intimate views at their feet."

"This is a challenging tour on a steep, narrow trail, but you are rewarded with fantastic views into North Park. The popular tour to Montgomery Pass is one of the more difficult routes in this guide. Despite a blue diamond rating by the Forest Service, we rate this route most difficult for its steep, narrow trail with many blind curves.

Slower snowshoers heading uphill need to be alert for skiers plunging down the fast trail. From the pass, the trail descends west into the Colorado State Forest (a fee area). You will likely encounter hut-trippers coming up to the pass from that side for a day of fun from the close-by Upper Montgomery Pass Yurt, one of seven maintained in the State Forest."

"The trek to Montgomery Pass is one of the most difficult in the splendid group of winter trails in the Cameron Pass area west of Fort Collins. A steep ascent to the pass rewards the nordic skier and snowshoer with a breathtaking panorama and extensive open terrain and snow-filled bowls to explore.

Stay on the direct route to the pass to avoid any avalanche danger around timberline. The nordic skier may wish to use climbing skins for the ascent. Snowmobiles are very unlikely on this steep, narrow and winding trail."

"This is a four-season trail that quickly takes you above timberline as it climbs up to Montgomery Pass. The trail provides an enjoyable short hike in the summer, and it can serve as a good jumping-off point for longer trips to nearby peaks in the Medicine Bow Range, such as Diamond Peaks and Clark Peak. In the winter, the trail is popular with snowshoers and backcountry skiers on their way up to the bowls of Diamond Peaks.

The climb up to the pass is pleasant as you pass through evergreen forest interspersed with a few small meadows. The pass itself is the prize, however, as it has magnificent views of the surrounding peaks and ranges and down into North Park. But don’t just focus your sights on the mountain vistas; a host of beautiful alpine flowers grow here in the late spring and into early summer."

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
For current conditions and more information, contact the Colorado State Forest State Park, or (970) 723-8366
Local Contacts
Roosevelt National Forest; USGS Clark Peak
Local Maps

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Oct 2018