Berthoud Pass Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idaho Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,555 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

skiing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
22 days ago

Really great hike, awesome views and my pup loved it, really steady incline the whole time. Turned around before I got all the way to the top but still worth it! Super windy though once you get close to the top

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Long views in all directions along the top. Spectacular fall color. We turned around at about 3.5 miles, but the trail keeps going.

walking
1 month ago

Great trail. Pleasant woods to begin with and gradual inclines along the way. Opens up at the top with great views, very windy.

1 month ago

One of the best hikes I have ever done. Amazing views throughout, from multiple mini-summits along the way. Not too steep but will feel a lot harder if not acclimated to the high altitude. A must-do if passing through this part of the Rockies.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for a moderate hiker! Get there early, the storms roll in after lunch. The more breaks needed the closer you get to the top, but only because of elevation. The actual climb is not terrible but not easy! False summit has beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular hike with 360 views. Now my favorite hike in the area. All the feeling of being at the top of a 14er but very quick easy access to the summit. The first 2 miles are the steepest section, but not technical & nice switchbacks. Be prepared for intense sun above treeline and wind up top. Being layers, check the weather, and start early if clouds and precip are forecasted. Also be very careful crossing Highway 40 from the parking lot - people drive fast & it’s a blind curve. Love this hike!

2 months ago

2:30 out and back. Other than a tough switchback, it’s pretty flat and easy once you clear the tree line. A must if you enjoy alpine scenery.

2 months ago

Really great hike! Starts out on a gentle uphill through the forest and then opens up. 360 degree view of surrounding mountains. It can be quite windy but it wasn’t bad when we were there! Not hard and has flat spots along the way! We were very pleased with this hike!

2 months ago

Awesome hike! You start at high elevation and will certainly feel it on the way up but it’s a nice steady incline. The views are magnificent along the way and especially above the tree line! Get up there early cause we got caught in a storm with lightening and hail- no joke!

2 months ago

Amazing views didn’t see one person the entire time up and down connects to CDT and other great trails. Also, has access to summit Vasquez Peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike that I took a few visitors on. Good elevation change up to Vasquez peak after that it is smooth sailing with great views. A few small lakes that you can see from afar as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views. Start in the trees go up above tree line. Lots of wildflowers and bumblebees! A little bit of snow on the ground even in August!

hiking
3 months ago

Took our 6 kids up (ages 14 years to 14 mo). Amazing vistas, beautiful wildflowers.

3 months ago

Plenty of parking at the lot of Berthoud Pass. Cross the highway and the trailhead is there. Starting in the beautiful forest, then above tree line the elevation picks up with steep switch backs. Once on the divide, the views are amazing and the trail is pretty flat. A must hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike with spectacular views. Moderate incline to get above tree line. Once you reach the first view point there’s a section of steep switch backs. Worth it for the views! The weather alternated quickly between sunny and cold/foggy. Can definitely feel the elevation gain on this hike!
Wild flowers are out.

hiking
4 months ago

Done on 6/6. Trail starts across the road from the parking lot. There are a few areas with snow still that obstruct the trail but can generally find the way. The largest is right near the tree line—head left up the slope once you’re out of the trees and it’s easy to find from there. No need for snow shoes or anything at this point though. Would definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Hit this trail last week. Great views on the way up and absolutely stunning at the top. There’s a radio tower of some sort that we explored for a while. Overall great hike but definitely would’ve been better if I had snow shoes. Also great for backcountry skiing or snowboarding

7 months ago

Path is completely covered in snow, but there are a few tracks you can follow from the skiers who hike up to the first peak. Recommend GPS, but still had to cut across some trail sections because of deep snow. Only attempt at this time if you go with someone else or if are an expert hiker. Dress warm. Views are completely wild at the top!

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great hike. We took our dog up with us and she loved it. We had to take a couple breaks here and there because the air was thin but I would highly recommend. Beautiful views.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Nice trail with fantastic panoramic views at almost every turn. Take your time if you aren't used to the altitude and take a wind break for the upper potions of the route.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great views, solid challenge with the elevation gains, some snow left in parts. Windy and chilly up top so bring a hoodie!

hiking
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Very snowy but manageable with boots and sticks. Incredible views from up top.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I went late in the wildflower season, about August. Up this high, still plenty of flowers blanketing the ground. I wouldn't say it's difficult, but it's not easy, either. It's high, so if you're not acclimated to altitude, it might get ya. Once you get up, you can see forever. One of my favorite days hiking (oh, and I saw no one else on the hike, on a weekday)

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Hiked straight up this motha!! Good stuff. Couple lakes you can see if you reach the peak.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

went in the summer time, the views were breathtaking.

snowshoeing
Friday, June 12, 2015

Snowshoed up to the peak of the pass - more like 11,000 ft elevation... breathtaking views, both literally and figuratively. A New Englander born and raised at sea level (!), this hike is not for the faint of heart. Don't be fooled by its "easy" rating... maybe easy in spring but with snow it's quite a great workout! having poles will help as some of the inclines are straight up.

hiking
Monday, July 14, 2014

Great trail! Very tough in the winter late spring.

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