Montgomery Pass Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado 80526

Elevation Gain1,082ft
Trailhead Elevation9,991ft
Elevation Min/Max9991/11005ft
Elevation Start/End9991/9991ft

Montgomery Pass Trail

Montgomery Pass Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 9,991 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,082 feet. The trail ends near the Montgomery Pass (elevation 10,991 feet) saddle. This trail connects with the following: Bowls Route.

Montgomery Pass Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The magnificent view from the top of the pass includes North Park, Clark Peak, the distant Zirkel Range, and the approach to Diamond Peaks, as well as the northern reaches of Rocky Mountain National Park. It is worth the steep, but short 1000-foot climb to the pass. You can descend the pass into the Colorado State Forest if you arrange a car shuttle or want a challenging out-and-back adventure, or once you have surmounted the pass, you can walk west into the ski bowls and enjoy a great view of the Nokhu Crags, Ute and Mahler Peaks, and Thunder Pass.

Feel free to take a spectacular roller-coaster hike to the top of the Diamond Peaks if you have the time and energy in the summer; you don’t have to worry about the avalanches that can make the peaks treacherous in the winter. The pass can also be climbed from the west side through Colorado State Forest; check for details at the Moose Visitors Center. Unfortunately, the west side access also allows offroad, motorized vehicles that share the good hiking and biking route to the top."

"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 on skis or snowshoes to the top of Montgomery Pass is one of the more challenging and advanced trails in this book. It features steep slopes, a narrow trail, and rocky ridge challenges that are typical of the challenges found throughout the area and along Cameron Pass.

Having and knowing how to use a compass or compass/GPS unit is a big plus for staying on the trail. And, even though the winds may be calm at the trailhead, be prepared for wind up on top of the pass."

"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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Roosevelt National Forest
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Jul 2018