Indian Peaks Wilderness

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173 mi 278 km of trail 11 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 14 Trails Intermediate Trails 25 Trails Hard Trails 4 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.

Food & Drink

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Tabernash Tavern Try the steaks!
72287 US Hwy 40, Tabernash CO — (970) 726-4430
Hernando's Pizza and Pasta Pub Dip your pizza crust in honey. I know, it sounds weird, but it's just plain awesome.
Rise & Shine Bakery Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Breakfast Under $2!
Fontenot's Seafood & Grill Excellent service. The surf and turf was great. Steak was better than the Capital Grill.
78259 Hwy 40, Winter Park CO — (970) 726-4021
Sharky's Try 18 Wheeler breakfast!
Elevation Pizza Gluten free crust!
551 Zerex St, Fraser CO — (970) 726-0066
Randi's Grill & Pub I saw someone fart on my grilled chicken.
Rudi's Deli Great sandwiches
Pepe Osaka's fishtaco Tequila bar The soft shell crab was about as generic as it gets. Dining mate said the spicy pork was the best
The Smokehouse BBQ Try the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce! With pork ribs.
78656 Hwy 40, Winter Park CO — (970) 722-0227
Fraser Valley Dog Bison Brat was awesome! The jalapeƱo adds just the right kick to the brat.
New Hong Kong Curry Triple Delight was delightful.
Casa Mexico Fajitas for two were absolutely delicious. More than enough food for 2 people. The service was great and everyone was very friendly.
Carvers The service was great. Get the Mexican Scrambler and share one of the cinnamon rolls. Delicious!
Kathmandu The best Nepalese food over 8000 feet!
New Moon Bakery and Cafe This is a great place for a morning meeting. Quiche and coffee is my breakfast of choice here.
1 W 1st St, Nederland CO — (303) 258-3569
Pioneer Inn Cool spot to work an watch a game
Crosscut Pizzeria and Taphouse Best pizza in CO
Backcountry Pizza Eggplant parm sandwich is awesome!
Miyauchi's Snack Bar Get the wild berry crumble with a chocolate dip and a waffle cone
1029 Lake Ave., Grand Lake CO — (970) 627-9319

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Trails in Indian Peaks Wilderness - 32

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Nederland, CO
7.9 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
79 days ago
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4.5 mi 7.3 km
#2 Pawnee Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
4.5 mi 7.3 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry: Primo conditions
49 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#3 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
All Clear
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26 days ago
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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Snowy
8 days ago
Nederland, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#6 King Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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20 days ago
9.7 mi 15.7 km
#7 Cascade Trail
Granby, CO
9.7 mi 15.7 km Granby, CO
Minor Issues
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Muddy: Muddier and rockier than expected. I would not agree that it is 91% runnable. Views make up for it at the turn around.
75 days ago
4.2 mi 6.8 km
#8 Caribou Pass Trail
Fraser, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km Fraser, CO
All Clear
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Dry
27 days ago
Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Dry, Muddy, Snowy, Icy - After treeline, the trail passes several small streams, with lots of mud, follow the man-made rock formations, for the trail.
57 days ago
10 
Nederland, CO
3.4 mi 5.4 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Some Mud, Fallen Trees: Muddy areas with downed treas in some locations. It has been raining in the afternoons so plan an earlier hike.
74 days ago
15.0 mi 24.2 km
#11 Buchanan Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
15.0 mi 24.2 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry, Some Mud
92 days ago
Nederland, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Wildflowers are popping off hard. Perfect conditions. Of course there are a few water crossings. No big deal though
92 days ago
12.3 mi 19.8 km
#13 High Lonesome Trail
Fraser, CO
12.3 mi 19.8 km Fraser, CO
All Clear
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Dry
27 days ago
Nederland, CO
6.8 mi 11.0 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
27 days ago
13.1 mi 21.1 km
#15 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
13.1 mi 21.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
27 days ago
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
24 days ago
Nederland, CO
1.3 mi 2.1 km Nederland, CO
Unknown
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Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.5 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
35 days ago
6.9 mi 11.2 km
#19 East Shore Trail
Grand Lake, CO
6.9 mi 11.2 km Grand Lake, CO
Unknown
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6.9 mi 11.1 km
#20 Beaver Creek Trail
Nederland, CO
6.9 mi 11.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry
51 days ago

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