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Stormy Peaks Trail

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 4.0 (3)

A rugged backcountry trail that rises up and over a nearly 12,000' mountain pass.


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Map Key

7.0

Miles

11.2

KM

Point to Point

11,663' 3,555 m

High

9,039' 2,755 m

Low

1,502' 458 m

Up

2,625' 800 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Stormy Peaks Trail runs through multiple different land management zones. Its northern trailhead is located in the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail follows a moraine for more than a mile and then begins rising to provide spectacular views of Pingree Park and the Mummy Range.

The trail then crosses almost a mile of the Comanche Peak Wilderness as it climbs steeply to the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park at Stormy Pass (11,660). On a clear day, views from Stormy Pass are absolutely stunning.

The trail continues down the southeast side of Stormy Pass and connects with the backcountry systems of the park. A favorite route of hikers and backpackers involves being dropped at the Stormy Peaks trailhead, hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park over Stormy Peaks Pass, and exiting via the North Fork Trail (#929) to be picked up at the Dunraven Trailhead.

Stormy Peaks trailhead accommodates approximately 7 vehicles.

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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#2

in Mummy Range

#10098

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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#2

in Mummy Range

#916

in Colorado

#10,098

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Comanche Peak from Stormy Peaks Pass.
Oct 28, 2018 near Estes Park, CO

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May 19, 2020
Kevin VP
Connection point with North Fork Trail is wrong- map shows it near a small bridge on trail. It is another 1/4 mi W and is signed. Deep snow in May
May 16, 2020
Stone Olson
Camped at Pingree Park and went hiking here. Needed to bring plenty of water but didn't plan the hike. Nice new growth and spots to hike in for cam… 4mi — 2h 00m
Jun 11, 2017
Ryan Grunkemeyer
18 round trip too much snow 6.10.17 9mi
Mar 23, 2016
Megan Clark