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blue CDT - Berthoud Pass to Stanley Mountain

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7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer out and back
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,309' 399 m
Descent: -1,311' -400 m
High: 12,486' 3,806 m
Low: 11,348' 3,459 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Heather Ruth

A great singletrack trail with enough elevation gain to make anyone's legs and lungs burn.

Heather Ruth

Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The hike starts at the parking lot at the top of Berthoud Pass. Follow the trail up through the woods to gain great views even before you get above treeline. Once above treeline, you have amazing views of the Winter Park area and the Continental Divide Trail in both directions.

Description

The trail starts at the parking lot at the top of Berthoud Pass. There is a large parking lot with bathrooms maintained by USFS. The trailhead is directly across Highway 40 from the parking lot. From the top of Berthoud Pass parking lot, cross Highway 40 and follow the singletrack trail up! It's that simple!

Follow the trail up through the woods to gain great views even before you get above treeline. Once above treeline, you have amazing views of the Winter Park area and the Continental Divide Trail in both directions. The steepest climb is a series of switchbacks about 1.5 miles into your hike. The true summit of Stanley is about 200 ft off of the trail. A little rock scrambling is required to reach the flag marking the summit.

Once you make it up the first 2 miles (including the steep switchback section at 1.5 miles in) the trail is what I would call gently rolling. The trail is mostly hard packed dirt with a fair amount of rocks. This is an out and back route so you can decide how far you'd like to go or make a quick hike if weather is coming in.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers along the trail. Marmots are easy to spot and hear along the way. We did not see any other animals on our journey.

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Jun 30, 2019
Qasim A
7.7mi
May 25, 2019
Clancey Potter
We did the steep part of the trail but didn't continue on the ridge. Snow was v slushy on the way down, still tons of snow up here! 3mi — 3h 00m
Nov 5, 2018
Cheryl McMaster
Sep 21, 2018
Annette Deering
Decent hike. Steep with switchbacks the first 1.5 miles but smooth after that. Nice packed trail. Had lunch at top before racing the storm down
Sep 15, 2018
Ashley Atkinson
Very nice trail, mostly above tree line, not crowded at all. Felt like we had the place to ourselves. 7.7mi
Sep 8, 2018
Bill Eger
May 12, 2018
Michael Thomas
lots of snow at the start but after the first mile, its pretty easy. nice and rolling at high elevation. great views 8mi — 4h 00m
Jul 28, 2017
Tyler Branagan
7.7mi

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