Hike Courthouse Peak

Courthouse Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Piper Wolters

Pretty short hike, with plenty of wildlife, wildflowers, and big mountains!

Drive up Owl Creek Pass until you reach the trailhead. It is very well marked, with a large area for parking to your left. 4WD is not necessary, although it can get quite muddy after a downpour. 

Cross the road from your vehicle, and start up the trail. It is well defined until the last 1/3 of a mile near the very top. You will climb up several switchbacks, crossing through gorgeous wildflower fields and probably probably pass by some elk. After .8 mile, you will reach a junction with a Wilderness Boundary sign. Follow the arrows to the right, heading towards Courthouse. After several hundred more yards, you'll start climbing a grassy meadow. Eventually this will turn into a boulder field. At this point, there are several "right" ways up. Just pick the way that looks easiest, and scramble the last mile to the top. 

There are cute little chipmunks at the top that are way too comfortable with humans. But also mountains, lakes, and beauty to take in all around!! 

Distance

3.6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

1800 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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