Looking for a great trail in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado? AllTrails has 33 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 23 hard trails in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness ranging from 5.3 to 153.3 miles and from 8,920 to 14,412 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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With eight "fourteeners" (peaks exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation), Collegiate Peaks Wilderness probably possesses the highest average elevation of any Wilderness in the Lower 48. You can climb Mounts Yale, Oxford, Columbia, and Harvard (the state's third highest point), as well as Huron Peak, Missouri Mountain, Mount Belford, and La Plata Peak (the state's fifth highest point).Climbing these peaks is a very popular activity, making opportunities for solitude very elusive. Expect to be inundated by people and their dogs on any "fourteener" trail. As you travel through the area, you might notice unusual and deep indentations in the boundary line. These are a legacy of man's hunt for gold and other valuable metals that are still sought just outside. More than a dozen trailheads create a situation in which no one ever stands more than five miles from a road. About 40 miles of the serpentine Continental Divide snake across the area, and this expansive Wilderness lies in parts of three national forests. The beauty of this place and its ease of access ensure torrents of visitors, especially on weekends. Please help keep Wilderness wild by following Leave No Trace practices. In particular, please refrain from having camp fires near treeline. The dwarfed Krummholtz trees that grow there are taking a beating from insensitive campers.

Hiked today! Ended up being 9 miles round trip since I parked a mile before the trailhead due to the rough road. Took me a little over 5 hours total. Beautiful trail and barely any humans on trail

hiking
2 days ago

I have a Jeep and was able to drive all the way to the trailhead and my Fitbit said the hike from there to the summit was just a little over 5 miles. The trail is fairly gradual until about the last mile. Since you’re hiking east the sun is behind the mountain most of the morning so it can be pretty chilly, but once it peaks over it get warm. The scramble gets pretty steep, and there’s some little snow/ice spots, I would definitely recommend poles or spikes on your shoes for the last bit. 10/10 one of the best summit views I’ve seen!

Extremely long and mentally draining. Sure it’s only class 3 if you make absolutely no mistakes on your route-finding, otherwise, expect mostly class 4 with exposure. Took my partner and I almost 13 hours to complete.

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snow
3 days ago

Great hike but beware. Dogs are never on a leash. Old ladies with nippy little suckers. Crazy ankle biters are everywhere. So many hipsters and Texans you can hardly see the lake. They all think their in the movie the river runs through it!!! Patagonia wearing font range yuppies camping nut to butt. However once you get past the clouds of marijuana smoke and puffy jackets and remember the last time you saw this high lake and realize it’s a free country it’s great.

on Mount Belford

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scramble
4 days ago

This one was rough, it’s so steep and narrow once you get to the scramble. Definitely take elkhead pass to go down, because I did not and it was terrible, it took me longer to go down than it did to go up! Very difficult, very long, and the weather is very bipolar from this peak! We experienced ton of heat, insane wind, and snow a couple different times throughout the day, I felt like I kept stopping a ton to change take off and put on clothes.

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scramble
4 days ago

The early season snow, loose steep scree and exposure was a bit more challenging than a typical Class 2 14er. The views from the top are amazing!

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike. Trail easy to follow as long as snow stays shallow. Poles useful on descent after the crux. Exposure quite limited to just a part near summit. Beautiful transition from trees to rock. Approach to final summit push has gorgeous views. Trailhead just before the 4wd sign is a joke and nearly bottomed out our Tundra. The state needs to repair these 14ner trailhead roads and at least reduce the size of holes to something more manageable. Consistent theme with so many roads leading to 14ners.

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blowdown
bridge out
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over grown
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snow
5 days ago

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

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rocky
scramble
snow
6 days ago

10/12/19 This is a brutal climb that takes full commitment. People that are thinking of down climbing this after hitting the summit is bad decision. This is a clockwise hike leading to the summit. Down climbing is probably the most dangerous thing you can do, with even having rock climbing experience on this ridge. Route finding in the mix of snow after 13,000 was exhausting! I climbed with gloves and the boulder x sportiva- I gave up dry gortex boots for better grip, which lead to wet feet. I still prefer grip over winter mountain boots for this type of endeavor. Be safe and happy trails on this extreme scramble!

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no shade
snow
6 days ago

Hiked today, beautiful views at the summit. There was a few inches snow on half the trail but no ice really, got up to a foot deep in spots tho. Took us about 6 hours

1st mile is really, really tough. Just straight up. Once you get past that hurdle it’s pretty smooth sailing. Make sure you go to the 2nd lake (Harvard) and not the bigger one at the bottom. The views are better from Lake Harvard.

This was my 3rd 14er, I've hiked Elbert and Massive and this was by far the prettiest and most challenging. We hiked this on 10.09 and the hike through the forest was breathtaking, the aspens were just beautiful. It really is a climb from the get go with a few respites. Once you clear treeline though it's just up and we had 30 mph winds gusting to 50 and it was cold. At least the wind was blowing us into the mountain! I made it to the saddle but didn't summit because the wind just freaked me out. My husband did and said it was difficult with the wind adding to the excitement. The hike down is hard on knees so trekking poles are a must if you have issues.

My husband and I hiked this on 10.08 and didn't see another person. The road out to the trailhead past where Chaffee County maintains is rough! We drove our Honda CRV which is AWD but it was still a challenge. The hike through the forest was gorgeous and once you clear that the hike to the lake seems otherworldly. I would hike this again for sure.

My first 14er so I really don’t have a reference point for comparison. Certainly a leg and lung burner for this sea level dweller. The top 500 or so vertical is a bit precarious with the wind posing an extra challenge. Getting to the top was an incredible emotional and scenic reward.

hiking
9 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous fall hike. Super shady and fairly dry. Easy incline - enough to get you working a little bit, bit still able to take in the scenery. We towed our teardrop to the trailhead and had to go pretty slow because the road up is quite rocky. Tons of parking and a loop available at the trailhead for easy turn around!

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muddy
rocky
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

The wind made this hike suck.

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