Wyoming Trail

Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487

Wyoming Trail

Wyoming Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"For the first 12 miles this interesting hike follows the Wyoming Trail north along the crest of the Continental Divide. Then, after passing just 280 feet below the summit of Mount Ethel, it turns east to descend past the Slide and Rainbow Lakes. Rainbow Lake is particularly impressive: at nearly 100 acres in size, it is the largest lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. Although the total amount of elevation gain for this hike is nearly 3,000 feet, it is not particularly strenuous.

Most of the gain is realized along the 12-mile segment of trail that follows the Continental Divide where, although there is a great deal of up and down, none of the grades are particularly steep. I would classify the hike as long but relatively easy, with plenty of rewards to justify your effort. The trail passes six very scenic lakes, and the variety of landscapes range from pristine alpine tundra to dense conifer forest."

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100 Classic Hikes in Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Following the Continental Divide for most of its 20-mile length, this hike along the Wyoming Trail offers a memorable multiday excursion across some beautiful alpine terrain. Running north from Buffalo Pass to the Wyoming border, the Wyoming Trail covers nearly 50 miles in all. This hike takes in the highest portion of the route as it traces the Divide along the southern half of the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. This segment of the Wyoming Trail is also part of the interstate Continental Divide Trail."

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Trail Information

Steamboat Springs
Nearby City
2,950 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3 days
Midsummer through mid-fall. The higher parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from mid-November through early July.
Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area, Routt National Forest
Local Contacts
Buffalo Pass, Mount Ethel, Pitchpine Mountain (USGS)
Local Maps

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