The summit showcases panoramic views of Rocky Mountain National Park, The Continental Divide, the Gore Range, Williams Fork Range, the Never Summer Range, Indian Peaks, and all of the peaks in the Vasquez Mountains. Due to its diverse range of ecological habitat, the area contains a wide variety of flora and fauna. Moose and bighorn sheep are commonly spotted along this hike. Byers Peak is one of the most visible peaks in the Winter Park and Fraser Valley. As a bonus, due to its lower height (12,804’), Byers Peak is not as crowded as the other (14er) peaks in the area.

The drive to the start of the trail is okay, having a high clearance vehicle would make the drive easier, but is not necessary.  Free parking is available along the side of the road.The trail starts on a closed service road at a gate and requires you to either hike or bike up the dirt road (2 miles) to the New Byers Peak Trailhead. Bikes need to be left behind in the designated bike rack once you reach the single track trail.

From the trailhead to the top of Byers Peak, the trail is 1.8 miles of steep subalpine slopes. The trailhead starts in a heavily forested section with plenty of shade and a several mesmerizing lookout points of the Fraser Valley.

After tree line, you will begin to ascend the ridge of several false summits. The trail is primarily dirt and grass with loose gravel and fields of wildflowers. Remnants of snow fields usually remain along the trail until the first or second week of July. Sun exposure, temperature, wind, and weather can change quickly, so be prepared for all conditions.

There is some easy class 2 scrambling on the last part of the ridge as you approach the summit.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Extra Layers
  • Gloves
  • No permits are required
  • Parking at the “trailhead” is free
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RT Distance 8.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 2774 Feet
Activities Cycling, Photography, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Diving, Fitness
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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