Bison Peak Summit Trail

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Bison Peak Summit Trail is a 12.1 mile out and back trail located near Lake George, CO that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.1 miles 4339 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

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13 days ago

gorgeous view. pretty steep starting 1/3 of the way all the way till the summit.

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20 days ago

this trail is relentless. i'm not in the best shape, but far from the worst. once you take that turn to the northeast, its uphill until 11900. maybe one or two sections of flat where you're calves and quads get a break, but each is only about 50 yards. but MAN the top is worth the effort. amazing views and its like a bouldering playground. massive rock formations everywhere. really beautiful. highly recommended. i'll be returning in the summer for a backpacking trip.

23 days ago

hiked on 11-6-16, well maintained trail with amazing views at the top. As person new to CO it was a difficult trail but with the view.

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1 month ago

The weather was great today, no snow or mud on the trail, it was clear all the way to the top where the views were awesome. Total time hiking 4.5 hours round trip plus almost an hour at the top looking around.

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3 months ago

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5 months ago

Nice to see all the rock formations.

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5 months ago

This hike delivers great views, is not too busy and was a great hike for our dog. We started at 6 am and hiked up in a little over 4 hours, enjoyed taking pictures and spent 2.5 hours hiking down. There was some snow near the summit, enough to sled down and have some fun but nothing serious. We were thankful we brought our trekking poles and had hats as the trail is sunny and warm in the afternoon. Alpine wildflowers were just beginning to flower - forget-me-nots and pasqueflower were just finishing up. When you get above tree line and start to see the boulders, the trail sort of disappears towards the summit. Try to not damage the tundra and take the rock pathways around the backside of the summit (you'll know it by the market and old wooden sign). Definitely recommend for a summit hike to get in shape or do in early summer!

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1 year ago

Hanging my head in shame, as I did not do my homework before heading out on this trail. Started late and got caught in the afternoon heat. Didn't pack a lunch or enough water, and I guessed the trail was only about 1/2 of what it was. Shame Shame Shame.
Hiked in about half way, beautiful well marked trail. The changing leaves on the aspen were gorgeous. The creek near the beginning of the trail was pristine, fresh & cool. Only saw 6 other hikers the entire time. After reading the reviews, I am ready to try it again!

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1 year ago

From TH to summit, this trail is in tip top shape, very easy to follow. I made it to Bison Peak in three hours. The first hour is almost without incline and takes you through a meadow. The next two hours are steady incline. There's no technical challenge to getting to the summit, but I'll admit to feeling a year's worth of unnecessary second helpings and desserts during the steeper second and third hours! The scenery at the top is breathtaking. The higher points are at some remove from the trail markings. Incidentally, the flora at every stage of the hike was in full bloom, adding beautiful color to the experience.

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2 years ago

While there is no "Bison Peak Trail", you can take the Ute Creek trail from the south up to Bison Pass, where it meets the Brookside - McCurdy Trail, and continue towards the summit from there. We did this trail Memorial Day weekend 2014 and the weather was great. Some snow above 10,000 feet, but it was no problem in hiking boots. Over 3,500' elevation gain from this direction. Awesome red rock formations around the summit - a nice day hike.

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2 years ago

Fantastic hike to Bison Peak. Beautiful scenery and amazing rock formations. You also get get amazing views of Pike's Peak and Sawatch Range. Lots of elevation change, but worth a hike up to the peak for these amazing views.

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2 years ago

My brother and I did this hike to mark the ten year anniversary since my open-heart surgery, and to celebrate my new book "The Great Mystery" which is symbolic of that journey. This was a great trail for early spring time in CO, and to knock off the winter rust before attempting some of Colorado's bigger mountains in Summer. The 12,400+ foot peak presents a challenging 13+ mile round trip hike and 4300 feet of elevation gain from the ute creek trailhead the the top of Bison. The trail follows a nice creek at first and then winds through pine and aspen forest on an easily identifiable trail until you reach tree line. Once up on the tundra, there are thousands of unique rock formations to climb on to you're hearts content, and the peak is about a mile to the north, give or take. Try and follow the small piles of stacked rocks to minimize your impact on the fragile alpine tundra. At the top there's a wood post marking the summit with a journal to log your name and some brief info about your journey. Reaching the summit requires a little rock scramble but nothing dangerous if you're careful. 360 views of Pikes Peak, the Collegiate Peaks, the Taryall Mountains, and the many unique rock formations are well worth the effort to reach the summit. When you're done taking it all in, just head back down the same way you got up before the afternoon storms roll in. We saw deer, bighorn sheep, bison, and elk on the trip so that was pretty cool too. Id say this was a moderately difficult mountain to climb for someone who knows what they are doing, but the distance and elevation change is a bit tough for a beginner who may not hike as much. I do this stuff all the time and still got a good workout on Bison Peak Trail in the Lost creek Wilderness. Easy to find the trail head. Just go to Jefferson, CO and follow the sign to the Taryall Reservoir down a beautiful well maintained paved road for about 17 more miles to the trailhead with ample parking. Enjoy your trip and remember to leave no trace!

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4 years ago

Beautiful scenerie all along the trail. Final push up to Bison Peak is moderately strenuous but worth the trip. The top of the peak is a Paradise with lush green meadow and fantastic rock formations. Lots of biting deer flies in the summer so bring repellent