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177 mi 285 km of trail 12 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 14 Trails Intermediate Trails 27 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails

Local Info

Indian Peaks Wilderness became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978 and spans 76,711 acres. This wilderness shares borders with James Peak Wilderness to the south and Rocky Mountain National Park to the north. Elevations range from 8,300 to just over 13,500 feet. Indian Peaks is one of the most visited Wilderness areas in the United States. To encounter fewer people, hike and camp on weekdays and use less popular backcountry zones. Trailhead parking is limited. Always use Leave No Trace to help keep this area wild and pristine. For recorded information call 303-541-2519.

Camping & Lodging

Permits: The Indian Peaks Wilderness is divided into backcountry zones. View a map of Indian Peaks Wilderness & Backcountry Zones (pdf, 274Kb). Permits are issued according to zone and required for camping between June 1 and September 15. Large groups (8 - 12 people) and/or organized groups such as scouts, churches, schools, internet outdoor groups and hiking clubs require permits year-round for day and overnight trips. Download a wilderness permit application form (pdf 134Kb).

Permits are limited and must obtained in advance from the Boulder Ranger District (2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301) or Sulphur Ranger District (9 Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 10, Granby, CO, 80446). Please download and complete the wilderness permit application form before visiting the office.

Camping: Click here for a list of Boulder Ranger District Campgrounds.

Visiting Tips

July & August are the best, but also the busiest months to visit the IPW.

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Featured Hikes in Indian Peaks Wilderness - 12

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Trails in Indian Peaks Wilderness - 35

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4.5 mi 7.3 km
#1 Pawnee Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
58 days ago
17 
Nederland, CO
7.9 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
51 days ago
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Some Mud
75 days ago
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3.6 mi 5.9 km
#4 Diamond Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
3.6 mi 5.9 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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54 days ago
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Nederland, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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Fraser, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km Fraser, CO
All Clear
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Some Mud: Some mud after recent rains, but nothing too bad.
85 days ago
9.7 mi 15.7 km
#7 Cascade Trail
Granby, CO
9.7 mi 15.7 km Granby, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
65 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#8 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
Unknown
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12.1 mi 19.5 km
#9 High Lonesome Trail
Fraser, CO
12.1 mi 19.5 km Fraser, CO
All Clear
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Some Mud: Some mud after recent rains, but nothing too bad.
85 days ago
13.1 mi 21.1 km
#10 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
13.1 mi 21.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Snowy, Icy - pretty snowy/icy but decent postholes near the top. would recommend trekking poles or micro spikes.
30 days ago
15.0 mi 24.2 km
#11 Buchanan Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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Grand Lake, CO
12.6 mi 20.3 km Grand Lake, CO
Unknown
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Nederland, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
0.7 mi 1.1 km Nederland, CO
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#15 King Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
6.8 mi 11.0 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.1 km Nederland, CO
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Nederland, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Nederland, CO
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Estes Park, CO
6.4 mi 10.3 km Estes Park, CO
Unknown
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Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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