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


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Map Key

7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

Point to Point

11,643' 3,549 m

High

9,040' 2,755 m

Low

1,496' 456 m

Up

2,602' 793 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

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

Family Friendly The first mile or two have relatively flat tread and access the Denny's Point Trail, making for a shorter excursion.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Kristen McGlynn

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#2

in Mummy Range

#12011

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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Trail Rankings

#2

in Mummy Range

#1,081

in Colorado

#12,011

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Photos

Heading south on Stormy Peaks Trail toward Stormy Peaks Pass.
Jul 27, 2023 near Estes Park, CO
Comanche Peak from Stormy Peaks Pass.
Oct 28, 2018 near Estes Park, CO
Stormy Peaks (North) Campground. 3 natural "pads" to set up tents, kitchen, etc.
Jul 27, 2023 near Estes Park, CO
Stormy Peaks (North) CG Sign
Jul 27, 2023 near Estes Park, CO

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