Bison Peak Summit Trail

HARD 26 reviews
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Bison Peak Summit Trail is a 12.1 mile out and back trail located near Lake George, Colorado that offers scenic views 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
12.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4327 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

views

hiking
4 days ago

Difficult hike with a relentless incline. It gets harder as you go. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

This trail is an a$$ kicker, but the summit is exquisite with the super cool rock formations and views. Did it for the third time last weekend, and it never gets easier, but it's well worth it. Shaving off a few minor excursions I recorded 12.5 mi/4,035' total gain on my Garmin GPS.

We went up the right side of the summit (so started off right or east of the Monolith rock) and came around the back (which probably added 0.2 mi). We then went back down the middle, where there was a minor snowfield, but overall it was pretty much snow-free this time of year.

It gets very windy on the plateau and then the summit, so a warm ascent can feel cool once above treeline, but it was very welcome on what was a hot day down in Denver. The lesson (as always in CO hiking) is: bring layers.

Finally, we got to the TH around 8:15a and the lot was pretty full, although a second row of cars parked behind the first by the time we returned. Definitely more people have learned about this special place in the past few years, including a troop of Boy Scouts we played leap-frog with up and down the trail. Enjoy!

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent trail finishing in stunning views. Seriously, you could explore the summit all day. It was a shame to have to turn around and come back down again.

hiking
12 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

backpacking
19 days ago

6/3-6/4/17

Not a lot of info around on current conditions, so here you go.

Despite what the SP Ranger District will tell you over the phone (snow beginning at 10k feet), the trail is snow free all the way till within a few hundred feet of the actual summit. Even there you are easily able to find your way around what small amount of snow hasn't melted off. Odds are it's going to be gone this week.

Water is available via the creek up until half a mile past the wilderness boundary. Once the trail crosses the creek, that's it. Haul your own or hike to another source. Per above, there's a small bit of snow left on top of the peak that you could melt but not for long.

Trail is perfect. Little bit of deadfall to dodge in a couple spots, but otherwise dry and in good condition. Lots of day hikers until 4:00 or so, after which I shared the mountain with two other campers until the next day.

Others have described the actual hike very well. Relentless ascent from the trailhead to the summit. Awesome views from the peak, which you will have definitely earned. I spent the night up on top at 12000 feet and saw more stars than I think I have in my entire life. I watched a small herd of elk run through the forest on the way back down, but otherwise no wildlife besides a couple chipmunks running around on the plateau.

hiking
26 days ago

Nice hike. Not crowded. We made it within a mile and a half of the top. The elevation change is no joke.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked 4 miles up, 8 miles total. Then, lost the trail in the snow. It's a beautiful hike, one of my favorite. That's a deceptively steep incline! I can't wait to do it in the spring, see the Aspen budding, and make it to the top.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

7 months ago

gorgeous view. pretty steep starting 1/3 of the way all the way till the summit.

hiking
7 months ago

this trail is relentless. i'm not in the best shape, but far from the worst. once you take that turn to the northeast, its uphill until 11900. maybe one or two sections of flat where you're calves and quads get a break, but each is only about 50 yards. but MAN the top is worth the effort. amazing views and its like a bouldering playground. massive rock formations everywhere. really beautiful. highly recommended. i'll be returning in the summer for a backpacking trip.

7 months ago

hiked on 11-6-16, well maintained trail with amazing views at the top. As person new to CO it was a difficult trail but with the view.

hiking
7 months ago

The weather was great today, no snow or mud on the trail, it was clear all the way to the top where the views were awesome. Total time hiking 4.5 hours round trip plus almost an hour at the top looking around.

hiking
9 months ago

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

Nice to see all the rock formations.

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

This hike delivers great views, is not too busy and was a great hike for our dog. We started at 6 am and hiked up in a little over 4 hours, enjoyed taking pictures and spent 2.5 hours hiking down. There was some snow near the summit, enough to sled down and have some fun but nothing serious. We were thankful we brought our trekking poles and had hats as the trail is sunny and warm in the afternoon. Alpine wildflowers were just beginning to flower - forget-me-nots and pasqueflower were just finishing up. When you get above tree line and start to see the boulders, the trail sort of disappears towards the summit. Try to not damage the tundra and take the rock pathways around the backside of the summit (you'll know it by the market and old wooden sign). Definitely recommend for a summit hike to get in shape or do in early summer!