Summit Byers Peak

Byers Peak Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Brittney Leigh

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.

Distance

8.8 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

2774 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Cycling, Photography, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Backpacking, Hiking, Diving

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Denver West / Central City KOA

Central City, Colorado

From $385/night

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Frisco, Colorado

From $145/night

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Frisco, Colorado

From $168/night

Copper Springs

Frisco, Colorado

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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