Mount Nystrom Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Mount Nystrom Trail is a 5.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until November.

5.9 miles 2023 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

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lake

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Mount Nystrom is a 12,652 ft / 3,856 m mountain peak in the Vasquez Mountains in Colorado, United States. Hike is an out and back. Elevation gain is a little over a 100ft. Don't be fooled by the gradual and little elevation gain. The trail consists of continuous rolling hills above timberline. The entire hike is exposed and the weather changes very quickly. Great views of two alpine lakes and the continental divide. You can see several 13,000-14,000ft peaks. I guided this hike with 10 other people. Ages ranged from the age of 10 to 58. All hikers were able to finish without too many stops. Watch footing on single track trail along ridge lines and watch for snow and ice in the early spring and late fall. Road to trail seems like it will drive you directly into the clouds! AWD or 4WD recommended. Watch corners as they are extremely narrow and hard to see oncoming traffic. Overall worth the drive and effort. Bring a lunch and utilize the picnic areas located along the service road.

hiking
1 year ago

Did not do the entire trail, just a short 9 mile out and back hike. Fairly easy. The views are spectacular. Coming back went off trail following the drainage and the water run off down, which was faster and fun. Would not have done that if I was hiking alone since that route is hard o find, but I was with couple of experienced Colorado Mountain Club members who had skied down that route and knew it well so off trail was fun.

hiking
3 years ago

Dont be fooled by the gradual and little elevation gain. The trail consist of continuous rolling hills above timberline. The entire hike is exposed and the weather changes very quickly. Great views of Two alpine lakes and the continental divide. Get a guide book and point out the peaks following a 360 degree view. You can see Several 13,000- 14,000ft peaks. I guided this hike with 10 other people. Ages ranged from the age of 10 to 58. All hikers were able to finish without too many stops. Watch footing on single track trail along ridge lines and watch for snow and ice in the early spring and late fall. Road to trail seems like it will drive you directly into the clouds! Dont go without AWD or 4WD. Watch corners as they are extremely narrow and hard to see oncoming traffic. Overall worth the drive and effort. Bring a lunch and utilize the picnic areas located along the service road.