James Peak Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Winter Park: Follow the directions to the Roger's Pass Trail: Go southeast of Highway 40 to the Rollin's Pass Road (County Road 80/Forest Road 149) just across from the Winter Park Ski Area. Drive up the road about 11 miles toward Rollin's Pass to the first trestle, the rifle sight notch. Follow Trail #1495A (an old 4x4 road) directly across the road from the trestle, heading south. From Roger's Pass summit, follow the trail that goes south-southwest. The trail parallels the ridge on the west side. The last 1/2 mile to the peak has no trail.
Beautiful hike! There were patches of snow all the way up, so had intermittent problems with route finding. The distance is 7.8 miles round trip.
Beautiful hike. Went up the St. Mary's glacier side. It starts steep and rocky all the way until you get up past the glacier. It was a little hard to follow the trail from there. Just look for the cairns that are stacked high. There is a gorgeous view of Evans, Bierstadt, Gray's, and Torrey's, and you can see all the way out to the flatlands. We had to stop about a quarter mile short of the peak due to weather, but will definitely come back to finish!
Really fun hike. I did Bierstadt last weekend with about 200 other people. I had the James Peak Summit to myself today.
Start early! great views and be a little confusing to follow the trails. awe got off track a bit but finally found our way to the peak path. Amazing views. I found the hike challenging but wrll worrh it!
I went up thru the St Mary's Glacier side. Climbing up the side of the Glacier on the gravel is very hard on my knees & ankles as it's all very loose gravel. However once you get to the top, you then hit the Divide trail. There is no clear path to James Peak Trail from here. I found it was more direct and easier to bushwack straight from where I intersected with the Divide and you will then eventually hit another trail with Cairns that will get you up the Mountain. It took me a bit longer than 8.6 miles, I would say it's more like 9.5. Once you get on the correct trail and you get to the bottom of the mountain, it's all uphill from there but the sights are one of a kind. I would def rate this trail as Strenuous, as you're hiking about 4000 ft in elevation gain, the first half at the Glacier then a mile rest to the Divide and then once you get to the base of the mountain. If you have spikes, hiking the Glacier on the snow may have been an easier feat for my knees
Started at St. Mary's glacier. Awesome hike, took longer than expected as a storm rolled in. Snowing on the summit. Awesome hike, great views of grays and Torreys.
Beautiful hike with awesome views - you can see Evans, Bierstadt, Gray's and Torrey's in the distance. Really difficult but worth it for the views from the top - plus when you start early, you barely see anyone else so you pretty much will have the peak to yourself!
So SO difficult. Wanted to quit several times, but the views from the summit and of the 5 alpine lakes was worth it
Went the other way by the lakes and it was a stunningly beautiful hike.
We hiked to Loch Lomond first and then up a path from the east side of the lake to James Peak.
Very tough up and down, many detours around snow fields, totally worth the aches and pains ( age 61 hiker)
A great 13er. Great views from the top, well worth the hard work. I would say this trail is moderate to difficult. Started from St. Marys glacier it was about 9 miles RT.
James Peak is a beautiful 13er right on the Continental Divide. My favorite way to climb it is right from St Marys Glacier. From the top, you have spectacular views of Winter Park and the Frasier River Valley to the west, and Denver to the east. Makes for a really fun ski descent as well.