Mosca Pass Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Visitor Center: About 1/4 mile past the entrance to the Visitor Center, on the right side, is the entrance to the Montville Parking Area. If you get to the entrance for the Dune Parking Area, you have gone too far. The trail takes off on the east side of the parking lot.
Sweet trail in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. I combined this trail with the Montville nature loop trail to add a bit more to it. Overall easy trail with awesome, variable terrain and great views.
My daughter and had a great day hiking this trail. It was the first time on this trail for us. It is well defined and beautiful from start to finish going from rocky hillside to wooded areas to open meadows,etc. My one recommendation is bring LOTS of bug spray. The mosquitos are intense!!
A great hike. The hike is closer to 8 miles up and back from parking lot TH (Trail Head)and 9 miles from the visitors center. All uphill from the sand dunes area TH up to the pass but not very steep.
Lots of pretty windflowers along the stream, and great views of the dunes through the pass as you gain elevation. For the first 1/4 mile of the hike, there's a cool historic guided tour providing insight into lives of the pioneers that lived and passed through years ago. The trail seemed to end in a meadow, though we were hoping to go to the top. Don't forget to bring bug spray! The mosquitos are thick through the woods.
This is my favorite trail to run and is closest to Alamosa. The scenery changes a few times-rock walls, aspen forest, meadow, and desert before getting to the official end of the trail. There's miles of forest service road on the backside. The summit is up to the right after the trail ends. Follow the road up to the 'T' and head right up the two track. There's a camping spot and you'll have a great vista at the top
Probably the most beautiful hike I've completed to date. We didn't even plan on going the whole way up, but we couldn't stop because we were enjoying it so much. Winds it's way through various kinds of forest, ends in a meadow, and follows a nice mountain stream almost the entire way. Gradual incline --nothing too difficult. Beautiful views of the mountains and dunes. Awesome for birding!
A few other hikers were disappointed that the end was abrupt and didn't lead to the other side of the valley, but if you take a left right at the other end of the trail and walk up the hill for another 5 minutes, you can see the other side. We didn't expect the trail to traverse the entire way across so we weren't bothered by the end. Amazing hike!