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this is one of my favorite trail to go running on, the loose gravel can make it difficult so comfortable shoes are a must!

mountain biking
5 days ago

Great fun and amazing vistas!

Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. It is an intense climb up with steady and sometimes steep parts, but worth it when you get to the top. We did it in 5.5 hours. Didn’t see too many people on the trail

11 days ago

So happy for this app keeping me on track. Great trail!

14 days ago

Awesome uncrowded trail. Other’s directions really helped me find it. The top was beautiful but I couldn’t stay long because there are so many bugs I had to get out of there! Still really enjoyed

off road driving
15 days ago

Trail started at GoG and is a beautiful drive any stock sedan should do fine on. Once you reach the Loop it gets a little interesting. I went left at the fork with my 4Runner that has a small suspension lift. Had to 4WD for few spots and if you are unskilled at off-roading I wouldn't attempt this with anything stock.

Good trail,little confusion on where sections change to Middle Columbine and Lower Columbine as this is considered Upper Columbine.

wide trail, in the sun all the time. your map doesn't go to the place the teal actually ends

hiking
22 days ago

In the summer, this trail is best done early in the morning. The sun can be baking later in the day.

23 days ago

Good trail, short hike up. High line drive is wide and easy to maneuver. You go around a rope barrier when you get to the trail crossing. The trail is faint at the bottom but gets easier to follow. The summit is a great place to rest with a nice view of the Springs.

hiking
24 days ago

I did this hike last year and again last week. It is definitely a tough one! It is incline pretty much the whole way with switch backs as soon as you get closer to the top. We were able to go a steady pace and not take as many breaks.Make sure you veer right when you hit a fork in the trail. I recommend packing a lot of water/food and start early, it gets pretty hot. The drive to the trailhead was nicely paved. It was nice not running into a person every 10 minutes, The trail isn't too busy.

26 days ago

Was a beautiful drive with the exception of all the trash along the way. We are working to perform cleanup there in the next few weeks. Really bad washboard road. But not horrible.

Great Trail!!! definately not a walk in a park!! make sure to bring hiking poles.. you will need them

hiking
1 month ago

Brutal gravel. Suggest doing in the fall! Did not complete. Odds were not in my favor

Amazing trail. Loved the change in terrain from Ute Creek and wispy grasses to the aspen trees and meadows and eventually tundra at the alpine summit. While we could see Bison Peak easily at the end, the trail to the summit was not marked. Cairns marked the intersection with McCurdy but it appeared to indicate its path rather than Bison. Used Gaia app to ascend. Highly recommended. Would do again. Wonderful panoramic views of many notable peaks.

Beautiful hike up through High Drive road. Like others said this trail head is difficult to find! I am still not even sure we did the right trail! However it was absolutely beautiful and we will be back!!
Also- a very nice route to take if you are looking for a less crowded more off the beaten path hike

hiking
1 month ago

Bootiful hike!

Hiked to the first tunnel off the road. Not far and definitely worth the hike

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike on an old train tracks road. Little water so make sure you pack it. There’s a good tunnel to hike through about 4 miles up.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail was very well marked. This was a pretty hard hike. Initially, I started off at 0645. I was at the summit approx. 1130. There were two false summits. Keep to the left of them and it’s not all that bad. I do believe the trail is to the right, however it’s not difficult to find your own way. The mountain top was incredibly beautiful. The entire trail was dry, no snow at the top.

Hiked it on May 28, 2018.

What made it tough was I got here from Kansas yesterday evening and hiked it this morning. Not enough time to even quasi-adapt to altitude. All the same---a very good and do-able hike.

VERY IMPORTANT: Follow the AllTrails map closely. There are two places---especially one of the top where things flatten out---where the cairns are misleading and they took me astray adding some distance.

ALSO: There are at least two False Summits. So keep on going.

1 month ago

Great drive and nicely groomed hiking area!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a reverse style trail. You drive up the mountain a bit to park at the trail head, then hike your way down and back up. You have to watch out for bikers.

hiked this on 5/25. excellent conditions, pretty hard incline to the top. the top was amazing one of the coolest places I've been. definitely recommend this. took my friend and I 8 hours she is from sea level so we breaker a lot on the way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with the kids!

Hiked on 5/16/18- No snow anywhere on the trail. This hike was incredible, and difficult. This was a butt kicker but so worth it at the top. The first 2 miles are definitely deceiving in that they are easy. After that it is up hill all the way with only one tiny break section when you come to the trail intersection (McCurdy Trail). Be prepared to be tired. I didn't make it all the way to the peak as the trail sort of ends in an alpine meadow after what feels like the summit. I didn't really feel like getting lost, and I was exhausted by that point so I wandered around the rock formations up there for a bit and headed back down. Views were still amazing and it definitely felt like I still accomplished a lot. Prepare for a full day with this hike I arrived at 8:30 and didn't get back to the trailhead until 3.

This was a bit difficult for me only being at this elevation for less than 24 hours but the hike was well worth it. My 14 year old son had no trouble at all. Very light traffic which was very nice, however, we ran into some very nice people along the way. Just the right distance for me to some beautiful views!!

Beautiful hike! Loved it. 12 miles RT. No snow, nice and dry. Beautiful weather for it today. It took our group of 4 about 7 hours, including two breaks and spending a good amount of time climbing on the rocks near the top. We went on 5-25-18,cool geocache box at the summit too so bring something small to leave if you wish!

A decent hike, however, some commentary is needed in order to find your way. From the parking lot head west toward 7 bridges. Shortly before the entry to 7 bridges a trail starts to your right. There are some large cement blocks by the trail head, but no sign to tell you what trail it is. Take an immediate left as you enter the trail. After going uphill for a short distance you will come to a fork. Turn right, this is trail 776, however there is no sign. From here the trail is easy to follow for a couple miles until you come to a junction. There are signs here marking the trails. Turn right on trail 667. This website incorrectly says trail 665, but it is 667 according to the sign post. After a short distance you will come to a spur trail that will turn you around almost 180 degrees. This will take you to Mt Buckhorn. You will come to a large boulder which looks like the summit, but it is not. Continue past the boulder. You will pass a large fire pit. Eventually you will come to an even larger boulder with a crawl space underneath. This is the summit. After this make your way back to trail 667 and continue until you come to a junction with a parking lot. A road goes through the parking lot north and south. This is High Drive. You can see it on this map. Immediately past the road and to the left is the trail you turn on from the parking lot. After a couple miles it will take you to a parking lot off of Gold Camp Road. From the parking lot take a right on the road. You will immediately see the first of 2 tunnels on the way back to the parking lot were you started. The road portion is about 2 miles.

My cousin and I tackled this bad boy last Monday (5/21) around 8 am. It took us about 6 hours to complete this out-and-back hike, which let me tell you, is no walk in the park.

There wasn't a single car in the parking lot when we started and there were only three additional cars in the small lot when we returned. We only saw one fellow hiker and his pups on the trail, as well, which added to the tranquility of our journey.

The first 1.5 to 2 miles of this trail are relatively easy (and misleading), but it is a very gradual climb for the next 3 miles until you reach the ridge line at about 12,000 ft. Around 10,000 ft. we started to see some snow on the trail, and that continued to get deeper all the way up to Bison Peak's summit.

The trail became quite difficult to follow at the ridge line, as there were no visible footprints or trails to the summit, and we ended up misreading the All Trails map and summiting a neighboring peak instead. We eventually figured out that we were well off our course and found our way back to the trail.

We made our own way to the summit by postholing and scrambling over some boulders to reach the top. The views from the peak were absolutely magnificent! I will most definitely be returning to conquer this peak in the summer when the trail is dry and a bit easier to follow.

This is NOT a hike for the faint of heart, as the almost 4,000 ft. of elevation gain is a real butt-kicker! We ran half way down on our descent though, and that almost halved our return in the process. The weather was beautiful the entire time with the exception of a few raindrops on the way down.

A must for anyone who's in shape and looking for a challenge!

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