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An epic, long distance trail connecting Boulder to Winter Park, and one that is in the process of substantial upgrades!


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Map Key

71.2

Miles

114.6

KM

Point to Point

11,665' 3,556 m

High

5,425' 1,654 m

Low

9,173' 2,796 m

Up

5,813' 1,772 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Commonly Backpacked · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

A challenging and rewarding hike from Boulder to Winter Park.

Need to Know

This is a *VERY LONG* hike. Consider exploring it in segments.

Description

The vision of the Indian Peaks Traverse (IPT) came from a committed group of outdoor enthusiasts in the Boulder area. Many of us had enjoyed iconic trails like the Colorado Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Kokopelli Trail, and the John Muir Trail. And while Boulder has a wonderful collection of trail systems, there has long been a passion, especially among trail runners and mountain bikers, to connect them and make longer and longer adventures. Our love of long distance adventures and a tradition of exploring the forests in Boulder County led us to the vision of an official trail connecting Winter Park to Boulder –the Indian Peaks Traverse.

While the current route for this trail uses a lot of road segments, there are several areas where active construction, corridor flagging, or planning is underway to substantially improve this route and increase the amount of singletrack.

Please check out the Indian Peaks Traverse Website for detailed segment-by-segment descriptions in the works.
indianpeakstraverse.org/

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Kate King

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Photos

Summer wildflowers bloom on Chapman Drive next to trail damage from the Boulder Floods.
May 6, 2016 near Boulder, CO
The view from Needles Eye.
May 3, 2015 near Fraser, CO
View from Rollins Pass, Colorado
Aug 3, 2022 near Fraser, CO
Beautiful path in Boulder Canyon
May 10, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Boulder Creek Path
May 10, 2018 near Boulder, CO
Wooden bridge on Rollins Pass.
May 3, 2015 near Fraser, CO

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