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Recommended Routes in Pike National Forest - West - 16

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Favorite Long shot at 07:30 am from 12,680' looking down southeast towards the beginning of the trail up to Mount Democrat. This shot shows the progression from a smooth, wide trail to start, to a steeper and rockier climb forward. This is halfway to the summit.
Intermediate/Difficult

DeCaliBron

7.0 mi 11.3 km 3,003' Up 915.3 m Up 3,003' Down 915.21 m Down

Copper…, CO
Favorite A small outcropping gives an incredible view of the unique rock formations of the Lost Creek Wilderness.
Intermediate/Difficult

Lost Creek Wilderness Loop

29.2 mi 47.0 km 6,156' Up 1876.38 m Up 6,156' Down 1876.4 m Down

Bailey, CO
Favorite Mt Sherman summit
Intermediate

Mt. Sherman

4.8 mi 7.7 km 1,972' Up 600.93 m Up 1,971' Down 600.71 m Down

Leadville, CO
Favorite A beautiful day makes our trek along Rich Creek all the better.
Intermediate

Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop

12.3 mi 19.8 km 1,921' Up 585.38 m Up 1,917' Down 584.31 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Beautiful fall day on the Colorado Trail heading southwest from Kenosha Pass.
Intermediate

Kenosha Pass Out-and-Back

12.0 mi 19.3 km 1,513' Up 461.14 m Up 1,510' Down 460.36 m Down

Jefferson, CO
Favorite Trail between Bison and McCurdy Peaks.
Difficult

Lost Creek Lasso via Twin Eagles

38.9 mi 62.7 km 6,904' Up 2104.38 m Up 6,887' Down 2099.06 m Down

Bailey, CO
Favorite Long shot at 07:30 am from 12,680' looking down southeast towards the beginning of the trail up to Mount Democrat. This shot shows the progression from a smooth, wide trail to start, to a steeper and rockier climb forward. This is halfway to the summit.
Difficult

Mount Democrat

3.8 mi 6.2 km 2,093' Up 637.91 m Up 2,092' Down 637.73 m Down

Copper…, CO
Favorite Wildfires have scorched the area near the trailhead.
Difficult

South Tarryall Peak

8.1 mi 13.1 km 1,514' Up 461.5 m Up 1,514' Down 461.55 m Down

Bailey, CO
Favorite Trail between Bison and McCurdy Peaks.
Intermediate/Difficult

LCW Central Circuit

28.8 mi 46.4 km 4,932' Up 1503.36 m Up 4,929' Down 1502.36 m Down

Bailey, CO

Pike National Forest - West Hiking

  • 596 Miles 960 Kilometers of Trail
  • 16 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 49 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 16 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Pike National Forest - West - 56

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8.6 mi 13.8 km #1Abyss Lake Trail #602
Intermediate/Difficult
Jefferson, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Jefferson, CO 22 
9.7 mi 15.6 km #2Goose Creek Trail #612
Intermediate
Pine, CO
Intermediate
Pine, CO 13 
7.2 mi 11.6 km #3McCurdy Park Trail #628
Intermediate
Bailey, CO
Intermediate
Bailey, CO
14.5 mi 23.3 km #4CT - Segment 5: Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass
Intermediate
Pine, CO
Intermediate
Pine, CO 11 
2.8 mi 4.6 km #5Tanglewood Trail #636
Intermediate/Difficult
Bailey, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Bailey, CO 12 
4.9 mi 7.9 km #6West Jefferson Trail
Intermediate
Jefferson, CO
Intermediate
Jefferson, CO
1.4 mi 2.3 km #7Black Powder Pass
Intermediate
Breckenridge, CO
Intermediate
Breckenridge, CO
6.3 mi 10.1 km #8Rolling Creek Trail #663
Difficult
Bailey, CO
Difficult
Bailey, CO
32.6 mi 52.5 km #9CT - Segment 6: Kenosha Pass to Goldhill
Intermediate
Jefferson, CO
Intermediate
Jefferson, CO
11.7 mi 18.9 km #10Ben Tyler Trail #606
Intermediate/Difficult
Bailey, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Bailey, CO 10 

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Long shot at 07:30 am from 12,680' looking down southeast towards the beginning of the trail up to Mount Democrat. This shot shows the progression from a smooth, wide trail to start, to a steeper and rockier climb forward. This is halfway to the summit.
Sep 26, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Top of the false summit of Mount Democrat looking down at the saddle and trail up to Mount Cameron. That nice lady with a floppy hat is 79 years young and this was her fifth time to complete Decalibron Loop! For scale, zoom to center, below her.
Oct 12, 2019 near Copper…, CO
The view of Mount Lincoln from Mount Cameron.
Jul 16, 2021 near Copper…, CO
Bison Peak through window rock on McCurdy Peak.
Jun 6, 2016 near Pine, CO
East towards Alma at halfway to the summit of Mount Democrat.
Oct 12, 2019 near Copper…, CO
Mt Sherman summit
Feb 27, 2015 near Leadville, CO
Drone footage of the morning fog over the marshland about 7 miles in. Trail can be seen to the right.
Aug 30, 2020 near Buena V…, CO
Approaching summit of McCurdy Peak.
Jun 6, 2016 near Pine, CO