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Gore Range Trail #60

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Trail

48.7 mile 78.4 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 9,565' 2,915 m
Descent: -9,021' -2,749 m
High: 11,886' 3,623 m
Low: 8,748' 2,666 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Some solid elevation gains and loss on this trail as it tames multiple alpine passes.

Matthew Coye

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

Open to hike/Horse Only. The trail enters the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area.

Need to Know

Be smart about your food storage. We saw a bear near North Lost Lake and evidence of a bear on the approach to treeline leading up to Eccles Pass.

Description

The Gore Range Trail runs the north-south length of the Dillon Ranger District portion of the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The trail begins at the Copper Mountain exit (196) along Interstate 70 and finishes in the Spring Creek area north of Green Mountain Reservoir.

The trail climbs over Uneva and Eccles Passes before dropping below tree-line. It then climbs in and out of numerous drainages as it travels north. The Gore Range Trail is named after Sir St. George Gore, an Irish nobleman, who led a hunting expedition across this mountain range in 1853. Jim Bridger, aka King of the Mountain Men, served as his guide. They crossed what is now the Gore Range and hunted extensively in the Vail area.

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Sep 22, 2019
Brandon Oliff
Aug 15, 2019
Hannah Williams
We hiked this from Copper to Vail : Uneva, Eccles and Red Buffalo passes and then out via the Gore Creek Trail. 22mi
Aug 26, 2016
Brody Troyer

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 9 votes

#5

in Gore Range

#5152

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  4.3 from 9 votes
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#5

in Gore Range

#350

in Colorado

#5,152

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One more view of Red before dropping down the other side of Eccles Pass
Mar 14, 2015 near Frisco, CO
From Eccles Pass, enjoy this view looking back at the South Willow Creek drainage.
Jul 5, 2017 near Frisco, CO
Heading up Eccles Pass
Mar 14, 2015 near Frisco, CO
SUCH a beautiful run.  One of the ponds up high, and another excellent view of Red Mountain.
Mar 14, 2015 near Silvert…, CO
Looking at the NNE side of Buffalo Mountain. Rugged!
Nov 8, 2017 near Silvert…, CO
Red Peak and Buffalo Mountain
Sep 17, 2015 near Silvert…, CO

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