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Recommended Routes in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness - 8

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Favorite Sayres Mountain hides behind columbines in the early morning shade.
Difficult

La Plata Peak Out and Back

9.4 mi 15.1 km 4,276' Up 1303.2 m Up 4,276' Down 1303.18 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Michelle Smith turns the corner toward Grizzly Lake during a sublime late Summer outing in the alpine.
Intermediate/Difficult

Grizzly Lake

7.5 mi 12.1 km 1,959' Up 597.15 m Up 1,959' Down 597.04 m Down

Aspen, CO
Favorite Belford, Oxford, and Missouri from the summit of Mt. Yale.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Yale

8.8 mi 14.1 km 4,260' Up 1298.32 m Up 4,259' Down 1298.15 m Down

St. Elmo, CO
Favorite Shack up at 10,800 ft.
Difficult

Belford and Oxford

10.9 mi 17.5 km 5,670' Up 1728.35 m Up 5,670' Down 1728.32 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Looking west over Kroenke Lake.
Intermediate

Kroenke Lake

8.2 mi 13.2 km 1,587' Up 483.58 m Up 1,585' Down 483.22 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite View from Missouri Mountain summit looking SW.
Difficult

Missouri Mountain

10.9 mi 17.5 km 4,399' Up 1340.95 m Up 4,400' Down 1340.98 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Excellent views of Princeton, Yale, and Bear Lake from Harvard's summit. Much of the trail is visible in the lower left
Difficult

Harvard and Columbia

14.4 mi 23.2 km 5,628' Up 1715.37 m Up 5,622' Down 1713.45 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Hiking the ridge to Grizzly
Difficult

Grizzly Peak and Garfield Peak

7.3 mi 11.7 km 2,910' Up 887.04 m Up 2,913' Down 887.93 m Down

Aspen, CO

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Running

  • 268 Miles 431 Kilometers of Trail
  • 8 Recommended Routes
  • 7 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 28 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 24 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness - 51

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17.8 mi 28.6 km #1CT - Segment 12: Clear Creek to Silver Creek
Difficult
Leadville, CO
Difficult
Leadville, CO
12.3 mi 19.7 km #2Richmond Ridge Road
Difficult
Aspen, CO
Difficult
Aspen, CO
4.0 mi 6.4 km #3Tabor Creek Trail #2185.1
Difficult
Aspen, CO
Difficult
Aspen, CO
3.7 mi 6.0 km #4La Plata Peak-Blackbear Trail #1478
Difficult
St. Elmo, CO
Difficult
St. Elmo, CO
4.4 mi 7.0 km #5La Plata Peak Trail
Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Difficult
Leadville North, CO
1.4 mi 2.2 km #6Mt. Harvard
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
11.8 mi 19.0 km #7Pine Creek Trail #1467
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
26.1 mi 42.0 km #8CDT: Cottonwood Pass Road to Sheep Gulch (CO Sec. 22)
Intermediate
St. Elmo, CO
Intermediate
St. Elmo, CO
5.3 mi 8.5 km #9Kroenke Lake Trail
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO
Intermediate
Buena Vista, CO
3.1 mi 5.0 km #10Mt. Yale Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Buena Vista, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Buena Vista, CO

Photos of Collegiate Peaks Wilderness - 72

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View of Huron Peak and the Three Apostles from the trail
Aug 1, 2018 near Leadvil…, CO
Michelle Smith turns the corner toward Grizzly Lake during a sublime late Summer outing in the alpine.
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO
Approaching the sublime Grizzly Lake. About as good as it gets.
Sep 23, 2015 near Aspen, CO
A great view of the three apostles basin.
Jul 2, 2018 near St. Elmo, CO
3.6 miles in
Jul 19, 2020 near Aspen, CO
La Plata Peak trail looking at Sayers Peak
Aug 1, 2018 near Leadvil…, CO
View from Missouri Mountain summit looking SW.
Oct 17, 2019 near St. Elmo, CO
Early morning on the La Plata southwest ridge trail
Aug 1, 2018 near Leadvil…, CO