Bison Peak Summit Trail

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Pike National Forest

Bison Peak Summit Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,740 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

wildlife

rocky

4 minutes ago

What a great trail! Definitely a good workout, but completely worth it. The views are spectacular in a 360 perspective. Clouds and storms rolled in early the last two days. Good to get an early start and be off the top by noon.

hiking
2 days ago

Tough, tough hike but so worth it for the incredible views at the end. As others have mentioned it’s easy to loose the trail as you cross the meadow. Very little snow that can easily be navigated around.

hiking
8 days ago

As Miley would say..."Always gonna be an uphill battle..." The reviews are no joke. Steady uphill for a few miles. Really pretty (and windy) once you get to the top, but make sure you're in good shape or be ready to take a lot of breaks.

hiking
no shade
scramble
8 days ago

Other reviews aren't kidding - this thing was steep AND sustained. The climb is just beginning at 9,500ft, when you're 3 miles from the summit (12,400ft), so that's 1,000ft of gain per mile. So, even for someone in very good ("14er") shape, this is challenging. Note: When you get to the plateau at the last fork, just hang left and head up to the summit. There are *multiple* trails which disappear and re-appear, but don't overthink it or worry about what paths other people are on. They all lead to the summit!

hiking
10 days ago

Challenging but not too difficult. At the top it is hard to navigate/pin point the summit marker without the gps, but the rock formations were beautiful all around. If you like to boulder at all, perfect place to go!

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent hike, It is difficult, especially the last 3 miles. Very Steep, bring lots of water. Once you get above tree line the trail pretty much disappears, but if you use a GPS and a map you can mostly figure it out. Their is snow, but you can walk around all of it. The views at the top are incredible, bring a good camera if you have it. Dogs are allowed on leash.

hiking
13 days ago

Not an easy early season hike, but a worthwhile one. The top of the mountain is very unique, weird, and cool.

Nice and brutal. Worth every step.

hiking
15 days ago

Pretty good grind to the summit. Well worth the effort for the views!! Summer conditions. Minimal snow, all of which is avoidable.

hiking
15 days ago

Tough climb to the summit, but well worth it! Minimal snow on the ground and it is all avoidable. The trail becomes a little tough to find at the summit, but it turned into a fun create your own path. Beautiful views and would recommend to anyone looking for a challenge.

hiking
18 days ago

I started on the trail at 7am and at that time there were no other cars in the parking lot. It was a beautiful and peaceful morning. The summit was cold and WINDY making the views slightly less enjoyable but still absolutely stunning! It’s a steep hike but the trail is easy to follow up to the false summit! I was back to my car by noon and there were several more cars parked in the parking lot. Only saw a few other people on the trail! My dog and I had a good time!

hiking
20 days ago

Just wow!!! So fun and views on top are worth it! It’s really steep after first 2 miles, just stick to it! The views are insane. Try to start at 6-7am or earlier to avoid heat and afternoon thunderstorms. Many snacks, sunscreen and water. Going down is easy! We spent a total of 8 hrs hiking and we explore a lot of boulders, climbed many stones, didn’t rush at all. A fun full day hike

20 days ago

Great hike with a lot of vert. The views at the top are well worth it

hiking
25 days ago

Ditto to all the recent reviews, they're 100% on point. I consider myself a relatively in-shape/experienced hiker, do 14ers, etc. but this was hard! Kicked my ass. I'd recommend starting as early as you can, and yeah bring more water than you might think. Only saw one other person on the trail. Great way to spend the day, 360 views of snow-capped peaks are amazing.

hiking
25 days ago

Everyone was NOT lying when they said STEEP! I'm beat from this hike. Started at 8 AM on 5/6/2020 and made the false summit by 11:30! Would of liked to stay longer at the top but winds were starting to rip and blow in clouds quickly. I had plenty of shade when I started my hike but had barely any coming down. it was hard coming down as well since the path was slick. Theres hardly any snow loafer now and most of it can be avoided! Start early & take LOTS of water!

hiking
snow
26 days ago

One of the more unrelenting inclines I’ve been on. Be prepared for a steady climb of about 6 miles to the peak. At the ridge there’s open space and rock formations, and the view at the top is incredible. The two times I’ve done this hike it wasn’t too crowded, so it’s a good option for a more solitary experience.

29 days ago

This trail is doable already! This is a must hike. Views are stunning. Some postholing required, but totally worth it.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Perfect day for a hike! Wish I would have started earlier in the day to avoid the heat but enjoyed what we did!!

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
8 months ago

Not a bad hike. Not terribly long but uphill all the way. Not a lot of people on the trail this morning. The trip was definatly worth it. I had fun, dog had fun. So another one in the bag.

hiking
no shade
off trail
9 months ago

A long, annoying slog uphill eventually reveals a sublime array of alien-looking rock formations above 12,000ft. If you start this hike, commit to reaching the top! You'll hate this trail if you don't. Give yourself time to explore and climb around up there too.

hiking
9 months ago

The hike is definitely worth it once you get to the top. Amazing views!!

hiking
9 months ago

Flies and mosquitoes were a bit of an issue the first couple miles but after that they weren’t a problem. The last mile is incredible with amazing views. There isn’t really a trail at that point, just keep working your way to the peak! So amazing.

hiking
9 months ago

8/2/19 First of all, the mosquitoes are almost gone, we didn't need any bug spray. The first 2.5 miles are easy with only 600 feet in elevation gain. Then the relentless climb starts and never eases until you reach the plateau with the first rock formations after the switch backs. We missed the turn off to Bison Peak initially and had to back track a short distance. The turn off is right after the switch backs. Keep to your left and look for the cairns, some of them are difficult to see. The rock formations are just amazing. We're used to seeing these in sandstone country but here they're solid granite. Don't forget to sign the register in the ammo box on top of Bison Peak. Highly recommend this hike

hiking
10 months ago

Started up at 4:45 AM and got to the top around 8 AM. The mosquitoes were only an issue if standing still, when moving I never had one land on me. The mosquitoes are present up to almost 12000 ft however. There were a lot of people heading up when I went back down even though rain was forecast at 11 AM. I couldn't tell which peak was Bison when near the top and wasted time technical climbing a few other peaks that looked to be the highest. Once I located Bison I saw the cairns and footpath leading around the other blocks and straight to it. You do not need to climb over anything to get to Bison other than up a few feet of granite once you are at the top to sign the trail register. If you find yourself doing 5th class rock climbing you are off trail-the footpath vanishes in many places but look for the cairns if the wind hasn't knocked them down.

ohv/off road driving
muddy
rocky
10 months ago

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