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."
--Maureen Keilty , Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Dave Muller, The Colorado Year Round Outdoor Guide (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"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."
--Dave Muller, Colorado's Quiet Winter Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"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."
--John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club), The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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