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    • Gunnison County, Colorado

      Hike to Lost Lake

      4.2
      2.4 mi / 600 ft gain
      This Trail starts at about 11,200 feet right before the top of cottonwood pass. The trailhead starts at the LAST pull-off before you reach the top of the pass, so if you reach the top, you've gone too far. The hike isn't a super difficult one, but you will go through numerous streams and flooded ...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Backpacking to Kroenke Lake

      9 mi / 2750 ft gain
      Starting at the North Cottonwood trailhead just outside of Buena Vista, Colorado. This hike will take you 4.5 miles to the lake with about 2750 feet of elevation gain. The hike is mostly mellow and you'll likely see hikers heading up to Horn Fork basin to hike Mt. Harvard and Columbia. Campsites ...
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    • Red Cliff, Colorado

      Ski to Fowler-Hilliard Hut

      6.5 mi / 2500 ft gain
      Fowler-Hilliard hut sits at 11,500 ft on a forested ridge of Resolution Mountain, with easy access to intermediate and expert backcountry skiing right out the door. This newer hut was built in 2010 after the original hut burned down from a lightning strike. The hut comes stocked with padded mattr...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Ptarmigan Lake near Buena Vista

      5.0
      6.01 mi / 1608 ft gain
      When you begin the trail, make sure to choose the correct trailhead from the parking lot (located on the south side of the lot to the left, NOT behind the bathroom). From there, begin a moderate climb through a shaded fir forest to the tree line. Emerge in a meadow at a pond and the lower lake, ...
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    • Fairplay, Colorado

      Hike Mount Sherman

      4.2
      10.5 mi / 2100 ft gain
      A mile South of Fairplay, turn West onto 4 Mile Creek Road (dirt) and follow it for about 8 miles. The road passes a number of excellent camping spots and finally ends at the ruins of an old mine. Parking is available about a quarter mile from the mining area. Don't park at the gate as its possib...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Summit Mt. Yale

      5.0
      8.48 mi / 4232 ft gain
      This amazing adventure starts at 9,900 feet and goes up 4,300 feet over the course of an 8.5-mile round trip. You will want to start at the Denny Creek Trailhead. If you are coming from Buena Vista or staying at the Collegiate Peaks Campground you will pass Denny Gulch and then Denny Creek. The ...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Hike Mt. Harvard

      14 mi / 4600 ft gain
      Start your hike at the North Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot. You'll cross a bridge and meander along the creek, eventually reaching another bridge crossing at about 1.5 miles.After this bridge, you'll reach a trail junction. Be sure to go right (towards...
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    • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

      Spouting Rock via Hanging Lakes Trail

      4.4
      2.85 mi / 1529 ft gain
      To get to Spouting Rock you need to take the same trailhead as Hanging Lake. I made the hike in the offseason when there was still ice on the trail and using crampons were imperative. The hike to Hanging Lake is rather steep and while it's only about 1.2 miles long it takes about an hour. Once yo...
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    • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

      Hanging Lake

      4.7
      3.06 mi / 1168 ft gain
      Hanging Lake is a beautifully unique natural wonder. Surrounded by dramatic, pine tree lined cliffs, a unique community of hanging plants thrive beside waterfalls cascading in to this glimmering turquoise pool of water. If this isn’t enough to entice you- the trail leading up to the lake is rathe...
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    • Fairplay, Colorado

      Climb Horseshoe Mountain via Boudoir Couloir

      7 mi / 2500 ft gain
      Horseshoe Mountain is a peak that is ranked in the top 100 tallest peaks in Colorado at 13,898 feet, and it can be done in the summer but is arguably more fun in the spring as a snow climb. Avalanche safety, snow climbing, and snow safety experience is necessary. To get to the trailhead, follo...
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    • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

      Hike the Grizzly Creek Trail

      5.0
      7.9 mi / 1900 ft gain
      Take exit 121 off Interstate 70 (a rest stop exit), and follow signs to a secondary parking lot near Grizzly Creek. This is a great addition to the nearby Hanging Lake & Spouting Rock hikes just 4 miles East on I-70. Because these two are so popular, Grizzly Creek is a great, not very well kn...
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    • Gypsum, Colorado

      Camp at Dotsero Crater

      COLORADO'S YOUNGEST VOLCANO The Dotsero crater is Colorado's youngest volcano, erupting a mere 4,200 years ago. While the crater may not be as dramatic as Mt. St Helens, Mt. Baker, or other volcanos in the U.S., it's quite an unusual terrain feature to come across in Colorado, and offers some gre...
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    • Leadville, Colorado

      Backcountry Ski at Fremont Pass

      Starting at 11,319 feet of elevation, you can choose which direction to head into the backcountry. Park at the pull-off area at the bend in the road. From here, you can head into the woods to the right (there are usually tracks from other skiers to follow) or follow Trail Rd. to reach some peaks ...
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    • Buena Vista, Colorado

      Backpack the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Loop

      5.0
      11.7 mi / 2000 ft gain
      Starting at the Rich Creek Campground this wonderful moderate hike forms a loop by connecting the Rich Creek Trail and the Tumble Creek trail. in the Buffalo Peaks wilderness. Flanked by the Collegiate Peaks, in Spring and Summer the area is awash with rushing creeks, lush wet lowlands & deep...
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    • Glenwood Springs, Colorado

      Relax at Glenwood Hot Springs

      4.5
      Glenwood is best known for its large hot springs pool, kept between 90 and 93 degrees, while the minerals in the water are meant to provide a natural therapy to the body. There is also a smaller therapy pool, at 104 degrees, and a spa, as well. You'll find all the amenities you need here, and wi...
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    • Gypsum, Colorado

      Camp at Deep Creek Campground

      I was driving from Denver to Telluride and wanted a camping spot along the way so I decided to make a random turn off of 70 and sure enough found some beautiful BLM land to camp on. The Deep Creek Campground is along a dirt road about 2 miles off of a paved road. There are 6 camping sites along t...
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