Things To Do

This 13,234-foot peak above Loveland Pass offers a great trail for year-round access to the higher terrain of the Rockies, without the aid of a ski lift. The trailhead is the top of the 11,990-foot pass, the highest year-round paved pass in the country. From the top of the pass, head east along a gentle ridge, which is wind-blown and often clear of snow in winter. Simply follow this for 1.75 miles up through the tundra to the summit. The first stretch is steep (1,000 feet of climbing in a mile), but it becomes more moderate after that. From the top you can see fourteeners Grays and Torreys peaks, several ski areas and the peaks beyond.

Pro Tips

  • Because of its access, this is a great introduction to winter mountaineering. Pick a day with clear weather, bring spikes or snowshoes just in case, and experience the thrill of climbing high in the Rockies when most of the mountains are inaccessible because of snow.
  • Because of its proximity to Denver – just 50 miles on Interstate 70 – this is a popular day hike for Front Range residents and a great way for visitors to the Mile High City to get a taste of what it means to be two miles high.
  • This entire trail is above timberline, where weather can change violently and suddenly, so keep an eye on the clouds.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round (snowshoes or spikes may be needed in winter).

    –R. Scott Rappold

    Newsletters

    Get OutThere

    Signup today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates.

    (0) comments

    Welcome to the discussion.

    Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
    PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
    Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
    Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
    Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
    Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
    Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.