Snow shoe in the winter! It starts off with a tough climb that makes almost everyone gasp for air while mumbling 'Wow, I'm feeling the … This creates an East side trail option and an West side trail option. The trail out of Kenosha is fairly easy and definitely scenic. But right at the peak of the pass it is a total zoo, but don’t get discouraged. There are more rewarding trails with better views and less foot traffic. We were the first and only ones on the trail at 4:45am yesterday w/ my husky and saw SO much dog poop bags on our way in. Traffic back to Denver was AWFUL though so keep that in mind. Fremont Pass is centrally located on the CT north of U.S. Highway 50 and Red Mountain Pass is centrally located on the CT south of Highway 50. Trail was nice! It is a pleasant trail that wanders through the forest at a slight uphill grade with wonderful views of the valley looking south toward Fairplay. The surrounding peaks to the south and west are part of the Mosquito Range. Trail can be very narrow at times. The trailhead is on the left next to campgrounds, if you went to the east side by the bathrooms you’re not on this trail. On average it takes 1 hour2 minutes to complete this trail. It‘s more serene further from the main road. Dogs are also able to use this trail. We also saw a bull moose and calf! Georgia Pass. This trail offers stunning fall foliage, spectacular long-range views, and a chance to experience part of the famed Colorado Trail. A classic segment of the CO trail, always great. Explore the full Kenosha Pass hike profile below for trail map, driving directions, and more tips and details to help you enjoy this Colorado hike. The hiking trails at Kenosha Pass easy to moderate in difficulty and can be done by hikers of all experience levels. The owner and editor of Dayhikes Near Denver, Aaron writes every trail profile as a local guide who has hiked hundreds of miles of trails along the Front Range and deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. You can't go wrong! Get there before 6:30. Approximate elevation gain: … Shuttle Ride: It takes about one hour to drive from Breckenridge to Kenosha Pass. Length 5.9 miElevation gain 1017 ftRoute type Out & back However, this is a great trail; it is easy to traverse and challenging and is fabulous even without the leaves. Had to pull off trail every minute or so. From there, the trail leads through pine and aspen forest for about 2 miles until it emerges at the edge of an enormous valley overlooking South Park and Fairplay. Kenosha Pass is part of the Colorado trail and is usually pretty busy and for good reason. Go the whole 3.5 miles out for the best views, and if you're up to it go another mile - aspens are worth it! This is a great place to turn-around, making it into a 3 mile out-ant-back hike. Fun trail and not too crowded, but the leaves have all fallen. The crowd on the way out was kind of discouraging, people crowding the trailhead taking photos as you’re trying to get out after hiking 7 miles. If they were, we would rename this website "paradise. Hikers can pick up the Colorado Trail after crossing the cattle gate (if parked along 285) and hiking along the dirt road that leads to the restrooms that are near the 2nd parking area (after the cattle gate). The trail soon climbs out of the valley and traverses along the east-facing hillside en route to Kenosha Pass. This creates an East side trail option and an West side trail option. South Park is a high mountains plains area that stretches out mile-upon-mile to its western and norther mountain borders, the Collegiate Peaks and the Mosquito Range of the Rocky Mountains. Compared to most moderate Colorado trails on here I would say this is a much easier hike. The initial trail segment enters with a gradual ascent into the aspens, then at 1/2 a mile into the hike the woods opens up to incredible views into South Park. Beautiful hike through lots of trees and some scenic clearings! Additional Resources. Go as early as you can. Aspens were turning colors. On the way out I picked them up and carried out over 2lbs of dog poop. The distance from the trailhead to Guernsey Creek is approximately 3 miles, making this a 6 mile out-and-back adventure. The trail offers a number of activity options. Nearby Recommended Routes. Aaron Johnson has been hiking in Colorado for over 20 years. Leaves probably won’t last much longer. Very pretty hike. This is also a popular hiking and mountain bike trail. All the cars and parking - oh my! The climb continues at a gradual pace and hikers will emerge to a second panorama at 1.5 miles. It's a trail to bring your unacclimated friends to. It offers both an East and West trail option with gradual ascents to stunning views. The sky was blue as we were upwind of the forest fire smoke and haze. A lot of the Aspen leaves have fallen, but there were still plenty for a gorgeous hike! 17 °F: I had snowshoes- unnecessary but very enjoyable. This hike, that follows the Colorado Trail and the ridgeline sloping down from Kenosha Pass, will take you through forests and meadows. Radar & Satellite Image. Kenosha Pass provides access to the Colorado Trail as it heads southeast towards the Lost Creek Wilderness and west towards the Continetal Divide and Jefferson Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options. 9/27 Got there around 6:30am (waited till 7 to start) and there were still about 5-10 parking spots left. Virtual Tour of Kenosha Pass Out-and-Back. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail begins just off of Hwy 285 at Kenosha Pass campground. There is additional parking on the East side after crossing a cattle gate. The first half of the hike is a pretty standard walk through the woods but when the trail opens up to the valley below the views are truly breathtaking. Fido will enjoy getting wet and taking a drink at several stream crossings. Kenosha Pass is probably the best place to view the changing aspens near Denver. Parking can get tight in the Autumn when the aspens are at their peak, so be considerate of others and the land as you park your vehicle. Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass, Webster, Radical Hill and Saints John OHV Trails, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass and West Jefferson, Wilderness on Wheels Mountain Boardwalk [CLOSED], Red Cone, Webster Pass, Radical Hill, Middle Fork Swan River OHV Route, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices. The Colorado Trail (http://www.coloradotrail.org) is 500 miles long and stretches from Denver to Durango. We ended up taking the wrong trail and still had a pretty hike, but we wished this was better marked. It runs adjacent to the Kenosha Pass and Kenosha East Campgrounds. Super beautiful and quiet day on the trail. Climbing even higher along the ridge that goes on toward Kenosha pass, the valley of South Park comes into view. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This 24 mile out-and-back ride follows a section of the Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass. Both offer incredible views down into the South Park plains of Colorado and out to the often snow-capped peaks of the Mosquito Range. Hiking the East Side of Kenosha Pass Forecast Valid: 6am MST Dec 16, 2020-6pm MST Dec 22, 2020 . At Kenosha Pass, the Colorado Trail, which goes from Denver to Durango, intersects with US Highway 285. Near: Bailey. In just a few miles miles, views of Breckenridge and the Ten Mile Range open up to the west. Sadly, these are not soft-baked, double-chocolate chunk cookies. The riding surface is moderately technical singletrack, with long but gradual climbs. Great weather for hike.... very nice cool breeze. Take the turn where the sign says Colorado trail and drive in the backcountry. Vantage points can be accessed about 1/2 mile up both trails offering views down into the high country plains of South Park and out to the Rocky Mountains. Beautiful trail with great vistas. Hard to find the trailhead—there not a lot of signs and too many people. Besides the last .1 miles, Long Gulch TH should be accessible to all vehicles but does travel on dirt roads. It is 12 miles, one way, to Georgia Pass, with the high point of this route at just over 12,000'. Distance: 2.75 mi (RT) Elevation Gain: 500 ft; Elevation Min/Max: 9,991 to 10,173ft … It's hard to find 30+ miles of singletrack which leaves you wishing there was more at the rides end. Guanella Pass, at one time, was a burro trail. Love this trail and do it every fall. Kenosha Pass is a wonderful fall hike the huge aspen trees tower above the trail in golden colors. Nice when you get passed the first mile. You'll ride the Colorado Trail west or on the right side if you're headed south on 285. Great views of South Park. Start on the other side of 285 for that.) Only downside is how crowded it was. During fall peak colors, the first 2 miles from the road have lots of hiking/biking traffic. 14.5mi Jun 25, 2018 TheOzMan Cometh. We arrived at 6:45 AM Saturday morning, and the actual parking lots were 75% capacity, but there were a lot of cars also parked on the street we noticed after our hike. Not difficult but absolutely stunning, especially with the aspen leaves changing and the sun rising. I'll trail run this trail come winter, but there was not much special and all the above ruined the experience ( at least on the way out). Beautiful trail! Kenosha Pass. It starts at the top of Kenosha Pass, follows the Colorado trail, and turns around at the Lost Creek wilderness boundary (not Georgia pass. At Kenosha Pass, the Colorado Trail, which goes from Denver to Durango, intersects with US Highway 285. One of the Colorado Trail's finest segments; alpine vistas and flawless downhills! The Kenosha Pass Trail is on Part of the Colorado Trail About 1 Hour and 30 Minutes West of Denver and It's a Great Place to Snowshoe in the Winter. I've never seen a trail so crowded with most not wearing mask. It’s about a 90 minute drive from Denver. Click here for a description of the hike south from Kenosha Pass. Hiking in the summer and leaf peeping in the fall. Kenosha Pass North is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. About a mile in there’s a beautiful clearing with the biggest chunk of yellow aspens that I saw. © Copyright 2010-2020 Dayhikes Near Denver LLC, We use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. Temperature was around 61°. Kenosha Pass West Trail is a 10 mile hike in Pike National Forest that will take about 6 to 7 hours to complete with Fido. The Aspens were mostly gone but a few leaves reminded to make the hike wonderful. The views are incredible. The trail enters conifer and aspen forest, making a gentle climb toward the northwest until popping out of the trees to breathtaking views down into South Park and the Mosquito Range. The ascent at the beginning and from the far end is about 500 feet for each, but not too steep. Most leaves are gone but there are still some. Most of the Aspen leaves have fallen but there’s still some pops of yellow. The aspens are a little past peak but still have groves of yellow, catching sunrise made them golden, pretty steady incline not very hard and pretty scenery. But the way back was super crowded, tons of bikers, tons of people not wearing masks, dogs off leash etc. Very few people midday Friday. It has a balance of uphill and downhill, although it does climb more as you get closer to the Georgia Pass area. ! Segment 6 is a true Colorado Trail gem! While most visitors park, take a jaunt into the aspens, snap a few photos and leave, the more stunning views await those who venture further south along the trail. Steady stream of people on the way back around 9am. Kenosha Pass CO 39.42°N 105.76°W (Elev. As always, keep eyes peeled for changing weather, and pack the 10 Essentials. We found a pair of pant leggings at the stream bottom, 3.2 mile in and returned them to the trailhead for the owner to claim. More Stats for Colorado Trail (Seg 6.1 - … As for wildlife, moose are often spotted on this side along the lake near the trailhead. The Colorado trail at Kenosha Pass is a mainstay for fall foliage hiking as the aspen groves to the south of Hwy 285 and leading up to the Twin Cone Peaks is one of the finest in the front range. A beautiful hike with stunning views. il be back next year! After this viewpoint, the trail travels a short distance uphill, then makes its way down toward Guernsey Creek. Looks they peaked earlier in the past week or two. The trailhead is closed to OHV and the bathrooms are closed too. The Colorado Trail, which starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango, runs through Kenosha Pass Campground. This section is very lush and can be pretty treacherous when wet as there are many roots on … Mostly packed snow as of today 11-13-2020. The weather was nice. Jun 22, 2016 Brandon Sharpe. Get the Hiking Guide and our Trail Dispatch for hiking tips and new trails. Would not recommend. Hourly Weather Forecast. Both offer incredible views down into the South Park plains of Colorado and out to the often snow-capped peaks of the Mosquito Range. The Colorado Trail starts outside of Denver and ends in Durango. Kenosha Pass South CO Trail Segment 5, Pike National Forest. We got there at 6:30 AM on a Saturday with plenty of space to park. Colorado Trail from Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass is a 11.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. I turn a corner, and there’s two big black cows standing right on the trail. You don’t have to go far along the trail to get away from the bulk of the people. End Trailhead (Kenosha Pass): From Morrison, take US285 for 45 miles to reach Kenosha Pass. It goes all the way down to the prairie type field, but even though the aspens are pretty, depending on the time of the year, they don’t have much leaves left on them. More clouds than sun. The north section is a beautiful area especially in the fall with all the Aspen leaves changing. We hiked with our kids (all under age 7) for about an hour (approx. wind today will probably take the rest out. By continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. The Trailhead is located just before the 2nd parking area, and will be located on the right (south). The rules of thumb: About one week after the Fremont Pass SNOTEL registers zero inches of snowpack, the high points along the north half of the CT (including in Segments 6, 7 and 8) become passable. I was underwhelmed going all the way down to the prairie type field even though the aspens were pretty they don’t have much leaves left on them. Of course, hikers can continue on the trail all the way back into Denver, but that requires a multi-day backpacking trip. Abyss Trail to Abyss Lake. Aug 27, 2014 Tyler Golden. The hike is beautiful with beautiful views and a decent trail. Location: Kenosha Pass, CO Distance from Denver: 64mi (~1.5hrs) ♡ ♡ Hike: Interpretive ♡ ♡ ♡ Difficulty: Easy ♡ ♡ ♡ Parking Situation: Small lot that fills up quickly, as does street parking ♡ Parking Fee: N/A Hello world! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. There’s a paved road and two campgrounds at the pass. Starting at 10,000′ the initial elevation gain on the trails make for easy to moderately strenuous hikes, all depending on how far one decides to travel on these beautiful segments of the Colorado Trail. Kenosha Pass is located about 65 miles southwest of Denver along US 285. From Denver, take US 285 towards Bailey, Colorado. We arrived at 6:30 and had no problems parking. ... Kenosha pass is fabulous!! Geographicaly they begin to the northwest at "Platosha", the informaly named pass traversed by the Ben Tyler Trail, and end to the southeast in the vicinity of Wellington Lake. From Rock Creek to Kenosha pass the trail is open to mountain bikers, so be prepared to possibly meet them. Leaves already past peak. The warmth of the open light feels good after last night’s rain, and I cross the road and re-enter the woods on the far side. It’s a dry, sunny morning as I break camp and hike the short distance to Kenosha Pass. Plenty of water from Long Gulch to Rock Creek then dry until Kenosha pass. Lots of cute doggy’s, and about 15% of the people passing us were on mountain bikes. Probably after this weekend they’ll be very helpful. Definitely worth it to get there early. The restrooms by the trailhead are also closed. The creek at the end was unimpressive and almost dry, but the dog was able to enjoy it a bit. LOTS of people on a monday afternoon but they are mostly in the first mile or so on both sides of the road. Forecast Discussion . It is not a very strenuous hike and the aspens are gorgeous. 9895 ft) Last Update: 2:48 am MST Dec 16, 2020. Wide trail, easy hike. Not many birds and only chipmunks and squirrels. Geologically, the pass is located atop a large granite batholith (known as the Kenosha Batholith) that forms the spine of the Front Range along the eastern side of South Park. Starting at the parking area at the top of Kenosha Pass, the Colorado Trail, heading towards Breckenridge, is one of Colorado's most popular high altitude trails. The Colorado Trail is divided into 33 segments which includes a choice of two routes in the middle, Collegiate East and Collegiate West.See the map on our maps page for a quick look at the segments.. Parking will never be an issue here just fyi, there are a few lots but even if they fill up, people can park along the highway and walk to trailhead. We went at 8am lot was busy but even busier when we left at 12. Both sides of 285 are gated off and closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices ", Pole Creek Falls Hike near Granby, Colorado, Forsythe Canyon to Waterfall and Gross Reservoir, aspen groves, creek, wildflowers, mountain range views, views of South Park, wildlife: moose, Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, photography, snowshoeing, camping. I would advise going early on a weekday to avoid the crowds. The traffic and parking was ridiculous at this point (9:30). Join our Community. Colorado Trail (Seg 6.1 - Kenosha Pass) is a 6 mile popular blue singletrack scenic trail located near Park County Colorado. From Bailey, continue driving approximately 19 miles on 285 to the Kenosha Pass Trailhead. Bathroom was unfortunately closed. Scroll right to see more Conditions Comfort Precipitation Sun; Day Temperature Weather Feels Like Wind Humidity Chance Amount UV Sunrise Sunset; Wed Dec 16: 30 / 15 °F: Light snow. We drove to Kenosha Pass to see the fall colors. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. Arrived around 645 and had plenty of parking. 10/2 most aspens without leaves but a few areas still active and beautiful. The West Side Trail at Kenosha Pass can be picked up immediately on the West side of 285. It starts off with a tough climb that makes almost everyone gasp for air while mumbling 'Wow, I'm feeling the … Date Hiked: September 19, 2014. Definitely go early as the parking lot was completely full and then some when we left around 9! Length (roundtrip): 17.1 miles. National … Now that it's paved, the road climbs all the way to the timberline and offers views of Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans. Lovely! Went on 10/5. this is always a good one in the fall. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Also, carry your dogs poop, Very crowded! This is a fantastic section of trail. Went on 9/25. Colorado Mountain Biking - Georgia Pass. We enjoyed our hike on Kenosha Pass North on 9/30. The trail starts up the gully and shortly after intersects with the CT. Because this is the Colorado Trail, it does continue west, offering multi-day backpacking options that lead all the way to Durango, Colorado. The trail descends through grassy pastureland, sparsely decorated with stands of aspen. Happy Monday! It‘s absolutely gorgeous! This doesn't even cover the over 100 people we saw on the way out. All reviews colorado trail fall colors end of september leaf peeping hiking trails north side park county aspen trees beautiful drive beautiful scenery hike leaves denver picnic mountains camera snow. Restrooms can be found on both trailheads. Segments of the CT. 1 mile). You'll ride the Colorado Trail west or on the right side if you're headed south on 285. Kenosha Pass North is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Excellent views! 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