Berthoud Pass Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily 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

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7 days ago

Snow shoes are a must! Pretty but we didn’t get far. Will come back in a month.

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13 days ago

Gorgeous views! There was still snow in early May, but in the morning it hasn't melted too much, so you can walk on top of it. Nice moderate hike. The snow actually made it kind of exciting! The wide path up a mountain with some cell towers on top would otherwise have been a little underwhelming.

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snow
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning, 360-degree mountain views. Leave some extra time for water, stretching, etc given the high elevation.

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1 month ago

Cornices are incredible up there right now. Massive overhangs to left and right. Trail goes straight up where switchbacks are. As you get close to upper ridge, recommend moving far left and entering the exposed rocks for last piece. Once above switchbacks, super easy. I would go early with spikes and just post-hole 4-5 inches near pass on way back. No need for snowshoes. Wind felt like standing in a riptide!

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snow
2 months ago

Great for snowshoe and skinning. Lots of powder. Very few people. Fantastic views- great outdoor getaway. Way too much snow for just micro spikes.

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icy
2 months ago

People were back country skiing and snowshoeing. YAK TRAKS helped but snow shoes would’ve been ideal

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snow
6 months ago

Solid day’s hike and a beautiful view! Yak Tracks would be helpful.

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icy
snow
6 months ago

Hiked on 11/3/19. There’s about 10-14” of snow and I honestly couldn’t even find the trail. Tried to explore the woods to find something trafficked but had no luck. Ended up going back to the car and had some spiked cider.

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rocky
snow
7 months ago

A little bit of snow up there. Would recommend snow boots and poles but for the most part, no one was up there

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7 months ago

Nice hike that is much quieter than the east side of the pass. Beautiful falls to right just out of treeline. Nice thin ridge with views to left and right. Good switchbacks on the hardest part. Great views to north (Winter Park) and rolling hills to west. Would only recommend this after Flora, but it's nice if you want to avoid crowds.

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7 months ago

Fun hike with great views of the surrounding mountain ranges. I parked on the Mt. Flora side with the restrooms and crossed the highway to get to the trail, but there is parking without having to cross the road. Winds were pretty wild once I got onto the ridge.

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8 months ago

Amazing hike. Beautiful weather. The dogs loved it.

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8 months ago

Didn’t do the whole trail as I was with my mom and so we made it just to the top of the switch backs.... at about 12300 feet and views were humbling!! 360 degrees of mountains!

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8 months ago

Mostly above tree line, austere panoramic views of contential divide Trailhead across highway Dogs ok

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no shade
rocky
8 months ago

Great trail with views from the top about 2.5 miles in. You can pick how far you want to go in. Windy along the ridge, definitely worth the climb!

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rocky
9 months ago

Great hike. Spectacular long range 360 views. Hardly any wildflowers now. Worth the effort through the switchbacks.

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9 months ago

Hiked Saturday morning with my lab, weather was mild but very gusty above the tree line. Then you get above the tree line there are beautiful views of the Rockies as you hike the continental divide. There’s one steep pitch the trail switch backs on that tough, the rest is fairly easy as you hike along the top of the mountains.

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9 months ago

Good hike above the tree line tough but fun.

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9 months ago

Arrived 8/18 around 9:30am and there was plenty of parking in the main lot. To get to the trail, you have to cross the street (there are other trails that run directly from the parking lot, but I’m not sure which ones). Not too crowded considering it was a Sunday morning, but the lot was nearly full by the time I was back at the base (around 12:15pm). Great views of the surrounding mountains, but hard to enjoy because it was so, so windy. Definitely bring layers! Also, according to the sign at the trailhead, dogs are allowed off leash as long as they are under voice control.

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9 months ago

Well kept trail with some spectacular views. All the elevation climb is at the front, so be prepared for those first 2 miles. As experience level goes, my 7yo nephew was with us for his first real hike and did fine. Got on the trail by 8:30am, and had some great weather. Would recommend getting on the trail before the weather picks up in the afternoon.

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9 months ago

Nice trail. Goes high above the tree lines so lots of open views in basically any direction you look. You’re essentially walking along the top ridges. The mountains surrounding don’t go much higher so you can see really far. I followed the exact trail this app outlines and turned around when this map indicated and my garmin gps showed I went 6.6 miles in total which is a bit further than this app says the trail is. Going up the trail is the challenging part. Quite a few steep inclines. Going down is easy it’s the exact opposite so all down hill. Dog loved it

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bugs
10 months ago

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bugs
10 months ago

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10 months ago

One of my favorite Colorado trails. Bring a raincoat because you never know what will happen that high up.

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rocky
10 months ago

great view, solid incline at the end!

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10 months ago

Beautiful views! Trail continues and meets with others in the area. Bring a camera and lunch to enjoy the variety of views from the top. Download Peak Finder for a great tour of nearby peaks.

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