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blue Kenosha Pass Out-and-Back

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Trail

12.0 mile 19.3 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,513' 461 m
Descent: -1,510' -460 m
High: 10,397' 3,169 m
Low: 9,844' 3,000 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Kelly Kahler

A smooth and easy-rolling hike with incredible views, aspen groves, and three stream crossings.

Kelly Kahler

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

Overview

This best part about this hike is that it is at high altitude, but does not have an overwhelming amount of elevation gain. There are some moderately technical areas (considered black diamond for a mountain bike), but it is a fun out and back.

Description

Part of the Colorado Trail, the first two miles from the road cut through a wider trail with roots and small rocks here and there. The trail is very well-worn and gains a bit of elevation (maybe 400ft?).

The trail then narrows into singletrack and opens up into a high alpine meadow with incredible views: mountain ranges off in the distance to the southwest, 13ers just over to the west and northwest. GORGEOUS - and all downhill. The trail continues on through aspen groves, losing a bit of elevation along the way. The first stream crossing is at 3 miles; the second is at 4.5 miles, and you're winding your way through the aspens the whole way.

You end up at Jefferson Creek at about 6 miles even. The meadow is the steepest part on the way back, but you're just stopping to take in the views - right?

Flora & Fauna

People come here for the fall colors - plenty of aspens!

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Sep 23, 2018
Micki Balder
6:45am sun sept 23, beautiful fall hike, long but pretty moderate. Quiet going out, really busy coming back. No actual ending point 12mi
Sep 16, 2018
Britt Mooney
Sep 15, 2018
Paige Lane
Sep 15, 2018
wildtrout1
Nice views but way too many people utilizing this trail. 11.8mi — 4h 00m
Sep 9, 2018
Clancey Potter
Beautiful trail to view the aspens changing! 6mi
Aug 7, 2018
Jordan Frdnmkr
Cut short. Blisters. 8mi
Jul 22, 2018
David Orner
Oct 9, 2017
Kelsey Lackas
Fall colors, too late in October

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 12 votes

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in Park County

#495

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in Colorado

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