Pawnee Pass Trail, Usfs Trail 907

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance7.8mi
Elevation Gain5,471ft
Trailhead Elevation10,510ft
Top12,548ft
Elevation Min/Max10064/12548ft
Elevation Start/End10510/10510ft

Pawnee Pass Trail, Usfs Trail 907

Pawnee Pass Trail, Usfs Trail 907 is a hiking trail in Grand County and Boulder County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest and Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It is 7.8 miles long and begins at 10,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,471 feet. The Long Lake Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. There are also restroom. Near the end of the trail is an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Jean Lunning Trail, Usfs Trail 907.1A, Isabelle Glacier Trail, Usfs Trail 908, Shoshoni Summit Route, Pawnee Peak Summit Route, Crater Lake Trail and Cascade Creek Trail.

Pawnee Pass Trail, Usfs Trail 907 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Pawnee Pass Trail follows a well-thought-out route offering spectacular views of Navajo Peak and Lake Isabelle (when it is present).

Pawnee Pass received its name by passing Pawnee Peak, named as part of the process of naming Indian Peaks. The Pawnee were an agricultural people, living in dome-shaped earth lodges in Kansas and Nebraska. They ventured into Colorado’s eastern plains to hunt bison while the corn and squash were maturing. It is likely that they did not have much cause to cross the present Pawnee Pass. However, other Native Americans did follow a similar trail across the next low point to the south. This was the Breadline Trail."

"From Pawnee Pass Trail (see description of Hike 11) to reach the summit of Pawnee Peak requires an uncomplicated trudge in thin air up the Continental Divide from the pass.

Hikers who are so tired that they lie down to rest are rewarded by fine views of very rugged peaks framed by tiny tundra flowers glowing with various colors. The blooms provide an honorable reason to refrain from rising."

"The hike up to the top of Pawnee Pass is, along with climbing Mount Audubon, one of the most enjoyable moderate to challenging outings in the area. When you make the top of the pass, it is only a short scramble to the north to climb Pawnee Peak. From the top you have not only a great view of the Indian Peaks but also can see all the way over the Continental Divide and into the Monarch Lake and Winter Park area."

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
USDA Forest Service, Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave., Boulder CO 80301; (303) 541-2500; fs.usda.gov/arp
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Indian Peaks Gold Hill; USGS Ward, Monarch Lake
Local Maps

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Oct 2018