Montgomery Pass Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

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.

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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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"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."
Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides)
Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
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"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."

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Roosevelt National Forest
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Roosevelt National Forest
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