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A great singletrack trail with enough elevation gain to make anyone's legs and lungs burn.


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7.7

Miles

12.4

KM

87%

Runnable

12,486' 3,806 m

High

11,348' 3,459 m

Low

1,309' 399 m

Up

1,311' 400 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The run starts at the parking lot at the top of Berthoud Pass. Follow the trail up through the woods to gain great views even before you get above treeline. Once above treeline, you have amazing views of the Winter Park area and the Continental Divide Trail in both directions.

Runner Notes

A well-maintained and well-traveled singletrack mountain trail. The majority is above treeline so be prepared for high winds. While most of the trail is not super technical trail, there are steep switchbacks on one section.

Description

The trail starts at the parking lot at the top of Berthoud Pass. There is a large parking lot with bathrooms maintained by USFS. The trailhead is directly across Highway 40 from the parking lot. From the top of Berthoud Pass parking lot, cross Highway 40 and follow the singletrack trail up! It's that simple!

Follow the trail up through the woods to gain great views even before you get above treeline. Once above treeline, you have amazing views of the Winter Park area and the Continental Divide Trail in both directions. The steepest climb is a series of switchbacks about 1.5 miles into your run. The true summit of Stanley is about 200 ft off of the trail. A little rock scrambling is required to reach the flag marking the summit.

Once you make it up the first 2 miles (including the steep switchback section at 1.5 miles in) the trail is what I would call gently rolling. The trail is mostly hard packed dirt with a fair amount of rocks. This is an out and back route so you can decide how far you'd like to go or make a quick run if weather is coming in.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers along the trail. Marmots are easy to spot and hear along the way. We did not see any other animals on our journey.

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Shared By:

Heather Ruth

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  4.8 from 18 votes

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Descending to Berthoud Pass.
Dec 12, 2015 near Winter…, CO
Great, well maintained singletrack on the way to Stanley Mt.
Sep 17, 2015 near Winter…, CO
Snow melt pond on the CDT
Sep 17, 2015 near Winter…, CO
The switchbacks 1.5 miles in.
Jul 15, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Down the switchbacks
Sep 19, 2017 near Winter…, CO
Suffering through some weather during return from Stanley Mountain summit
Sep 19, 2017 near Winter…, CO

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Jul 29, 2023
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 1, 2019
Jenn Targett
Beautiful views! Initial ascent is a kicker. — 2h 01m
Sep 1, 2019
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Aug 28, 2016
Ricky Lambert 1
Jun 19, 2016
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