A short 2-3 hour hike will leave you in awe on top of a mountain painted by every shade of red you can imagine. And to think this spot is right off of the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado!!Check out this same adventure - in the winter, and on skis!

If you're starting in Ouray, it is a short (and beautiful) 11 mile drive to Red Mountain Pass. Coming from Silverton is about 12 miles. On the east side of the road, opposite of Black Bear Pass, you will find a 4WD dirt road. Follow that for a few seconds and make an immediate right turn. Drive until you reach a gate marked with a No Trespassing sign. 

From here it is a casual, fairly obvious hike up to the top. Some areas are thinly forested, but still easy to find your way. There is also an old mining road that will lead you in the right direction if you happen to stumble upon it. Follow the ridge line to the summit and enjoy the most colorful mountains in Colorado!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera!
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RT Distance 2.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 2100 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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