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James Peak to Rollins Pass Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

21.3 mile 34.3 kilometer loop
82% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,886' 1,489 m
Descent: -4,886' -1,489 m
High: 13,248' 4,038 m
Low: 9,216' 2,809 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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A big loop from Rollins Pass including James Peak and the CDT.

Michael Reschly

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This run goes past creeks and along alpine meadows and lakes to reach Rogers Pass, continues south to the summit of James Peak, then turns back north along the CDT: South Boulder Creek to Rollins Pass and returns via the Forest Lakes Trail. The loop also presents several shorter options.

Description

From Moffat Tunnel, the South Boulder Creek Trail takes you above the treeline to Heart Lake and the continental divide at Rogers Pass. After reaching the pass, follow the trail south, along the west side of the divide until reaching the final summit push for James Peak.

After summiting the peak, return back to Rogers Pass, then continue north along the CDT: South Boulder Creek to Rollins Pass. If following the CDT be aware there is not actually a trail, but you'll just be following a series of posts/cairns along the ridge. In a few sections there are faint trails. The posts are easy to follow but it is slow going. Once there, follow the Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass) road to a side trail up and over the Needle tunnel to the Forest Lakes Trail, taking that back to where you started.

This run also provides shorter options. Turning around after first reaching Rogers Pass results in a 9 mile run. Those that summit James Peak and return directly via the South Boulder Creek Trail will have a 13.5 mile day. A run that goes directly from Rogers Pass to Rollins Pass, skipping the trip to James Peak, will measure 16 miles. But there are no bailouts (besides turning around) once on the CDT headed to Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass).

Flora & Fauna

Lots of wildflowers.

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Aug 3, 2019
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Photos

Upper Forest Lake.
Oct 23, 2016 near Winter…, CO
The view from Needles Eye.
May 3, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Upper Forest Lake in October.
Oct 17, 2016 near Winter…, CO
Northern view from Rogers Pass
Jul 6, 2018 near Winter…, CO
Wooden bridge on Rollins Pass.
May 3, 2015 near Fraser, CO
Rogers Peak Lake
Jul 6, 2018 near Winter…, CO

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