Square Top Mountain
ElevationAscent: 1,748' 533 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 13,787' 4,202 m
Low: 12,040' 3,670 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)
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“Another nice way to enjoy the Bierstadt / Guanella Pass area, not far from Denver”— Seth Dayvan
This trail starts from the top of Guanella Pass, but not at the main Bierstadt trailhead. The correct trailhead is on the other (west) side of the road - I believe the parking lot is labeled as "Summit Overlook."
To access this trail, set out from the vault toilet to the southwest along the trail. The first couple miles on South Park Trail are undulating, easy to follow, and not too steep. You'll cross a few creeks and potentially muddy spots along the way as you meander through willows and wildflowers.
The first fork in the trail has an option for an interpretive run. Don't take this fork. Turn right for Square Top Mountain / Lakes. The next intersection continues straight for Square Top Lakes and has an unlabeled path to the left. Take the left path; this leads to the summit. Shortly after this, you'll see a sign pointing to the Square Top summit or South Park Trail. Turn right here.
At this point, the trail gets fainter but steeper. Welcome to the world of 13ers. Run up, following the trail as well as you can until you get to the top. :) There are a couple of false summits, and the summit itself is quite long. The high point is at the far (west) end. It offers great views of Mt. Silverheels, the Decalibron, Quandary Peak, and even Mount of the Holy Cross. Plus of course, Grays & Torreys and our good friend Bierstadt.
This is a nice trail with all the hits - wildflowers, lovable rodents, and beautiful views.
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