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185 mi 298 km of trail 11 Featured Hikes

Gems 2 Gems Easy Trails 14 Trails Intermediate Trails 27 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.

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Featured Hikes in Indian Peaks Wilderness - 11

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Trails in Indian Peaks Wilderness - 34

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Nederland, CO
7.9 mi 12.8 km Nederland, CO
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Dry
5 days ago
13 
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
4 days ago
10 
Nederland, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
4 days ago
13 
3.6 mi 5.9 km
#4 Diamond Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
3.6 mi 5.9 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Muddy, Snowy - When you start to go up hill from the waterfall to Diamond Lake, there is a lot snow. Hard to find trail at times.
40 days ago
14 
9.7 mi 15.7 km
#5 Cascade Trail
Granby, CO
9.7 mi 15.7 km Granby, CO
All Clear
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Mostly Dry, Some Mud - Ranger station at Monarch Lake trailhead is run by volunteers and not always open. Get permit before getting to trailhead
12 days ago
13.1 mi 21.1 km
#6 Arapaho Pass Trail
Nederland, CO
13.1 mi 21.1 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry - Wildflowers are great!
26 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km
#7 Crater Lake Trail
Granby, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km Granby, CO
Minor Issues
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Snowy, Some Mud
39 days ago
12.3 mi 19.8 km
#8 High Lonesome Trail
Fraser, CO
12.3 mi 19.8 km Fraser, CO
Unknown
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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
Unknown
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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
All Clear
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Some Mud
39 days ago
Nederland, CO
0.5 mi 0.7 km Nederland, CO
All Clear
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Dry
4 days ago
2.6 mi 4.2 km
#14 Diamond Lake
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2.6 mi 4.2 km , Not set ()
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4.4 mi 7.1 km
#15 King Lake Trail
Nederland, CO
4.4 mi 7.1 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Some Mud - Didn't have to touch any snow. Trail had some running water and mud in spots but could be mostly avoided.
13 days ago
Nederland, CO
2.6 mi 4.1 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Snowy - All post holing after the first 1/4 of the trail and very difficulty to follow the trail due to snow.
48 days ago
Nederland, CO
6.8 mi 11.0 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Some Mud - Didn't have to touch any snow. Trail had some running water and mud in spots but could be mostly avoided.
13 days ago
Nederland, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km Nederland, CO
Minor Issues
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Muddy, Snowy, Fallen Trees: Multiple stream crossings via jerryrigged log/stone paths; prepare for soggy shoes. Significant snow piles at the very end.
25 days ago
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
All Clear
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Dry
4 days ago

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