Added by Dave Kozlowski

Distance: 14.3 miles roundtripElevation gain: 3,300 ftGateway to the West Elk WildernessIn winters, it's a great place to cross-country skiSummers offer amazing hiking and fall, dramatic landscapes

The hiking starts out relatively flat for a couple miles then will eventually climb up to Storm Pass. You can traverse through the West Elk Wilderness and choose your exit point. There are quite a few ways to make this hiking area incredible experience.

There is a main parking area, you can start there (in Summers) or keep driving up a mile or so to the Wilderness boundary. From there you can start hiking. Right from the parking lot the views are amazing. The West Elk volcano left mud flows that eroded into vertical cliffs and are a stunning backdrop. The trail gets steeper and climbs up into an amazing basin with Storm Pass, which looks back onto the "Castles".

You can pack for a hour, day or multi-day hike from this area. Best to look at a map to decide if you want to trek through the West Elk wilderness.

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