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Bison Peak Summit Trail is a 12 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.

Length 12.0 mi Elevation gain 3,766 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

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Above tree line there is not a defined path to the summit. However, if you look around you can make out a footpath. It’s a good opportunity to explore some and make your own path to the top. Be sure to sign the logbook in the metal box tucked into a crevice at the summit.

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Reviews (234)
Photos (306)
Recordings (137)
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David Stark
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BugsGreat!

One of the best views I have seen while hiking here in Colorado! A must-see sunset spot.

Scott Garcia
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Hiking

It’s dry!

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Quyen Nguyen
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Hiking

The hike was very pretty and rewarding. There is a steady and consistent incline after mile 2. There were a decent amount of mosquitos so I would recommend bringing bug spray. Most of the hike was below tree line which was great for shade. I would recommend hiking poles for the downhill portion of the hike. The loose rock and dirt will slide as you hike down.

Abigail Rhea
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This is one of the first longer hikes I've done since I moved to Colorado in 2019. It kicked my butt! The views are magnificent at the top. We didn't have much ttoubke following the trail. Just make sure to take a right at the 2-way about half way up or so. That'll lead you to the summit. :)

Kevin M.
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Hiking

This was unusually difficult because it was relentless. It doesn’t flatten out until you’re above the tree line. But once you’re there it’s unlike any other hike I’ve done in Colorado. It opens up to a vast, flat, green expanse with various rock formations some of which show symmetry that would make you think they are man made. If wish I brought a ball or frisbee because there is enough space to play with either. Above tree line AllTrails doesn’t follow a defined path to the summit. However, if you look around you can make out a footpath. It’s a good opportunity to explore some and make your own path to the top. Be sure to sign the logbook in the metal box tucked into a crevice at the summit. This one will stay with me for awhile. Superb.

Michael Flynn
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Hiking

The first five miles are kind of a drag, a steady uphill slog through forest with minimal views. But when you finally clear treeline and crest Bison Arm -- wow. WOW. Just a fabulous last mile up to the summit.

Ashley Gitchel
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HikingBugsRocky

The other reviewers are spot on- first two miles are cake and the incline doesn’t stop until you get a break at tree line. I wish I had read the reviews from last year that say to find your own path to the top. I first followed the nice, pretty path with cairns but AllTrails gps showed it wasn’t right. I tried to find a trail to get to the summit but I couldn’t. I felt like an asshat walking all over the tundra. I went as far as I dared and climbed onto the tallest rock that I could and didn’t see a trail. I wish I had just gone for it, but I was hesitant being alone. Someone sign the book for me, I promise I was almost there

Matthew Baca
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Hiking

Magnificent views and a wonderful bonding experience for my two children and I. They dug so deep on this trip and will forever remember this trail.

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Shannon Corpora
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Hiking

What an incredible hike! As others have said, it's a pretty relentless uphill climb from about miles 2.5 to 6, with a brief respite once you hit treeline. The forest is gorgeous but it won't feel worth it unless you're committed to making the summit. This was only my second time above 12k feet so I was definitely feeling that elevation. It's 100% worth it for the absolutely insane views in every direction. Pay attention to the AllTrails map as it wasn't immediately clear which rock formation was the summit (at least not to me). The tundra is gorgeous with all those rock formations. The summit book was really cool, dating all the way back to 2008. Arrived at 6am on a Saturday and the lot was maybe 1/4 of the way full. Started off with hats, gloves, jackets and was in a tank top by the end. Bring sunblock, warm layers and plenty of water, as you're only by the stream for maybe the first mile. If you have PeakFinder, make sure it's ready to go ahead of time - there are so many mountains in the distance at the summit that you'll want to use it on.

Frank Twe
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Ariel Briggs
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Hiking

We arrived at 7 am on Saturday and got one of the last parking spots. The hike was beautiful. The trail gets very steep after the first 2.5 miles. The views from the top are amazing!

Lea Hadzick
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HikingBugs

Pretty difficult even for someone who's lived in Denver for 3 years. But it was awesome! MANY mosquitoes on June 12. Things I wish I had: bug spray, more snacks, trekking poles, better shoes and socks, more water.

John Pilotti
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HikingBugs

Tough tough tough hike! My east coast lungs were challenged...But WOW!!! The views are beyond epic and awe inspiring! The mosquitoes were intense so bring bug spray :)

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Wild Flower
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Hiking

Beautiful challenging trail!! The views and rock formations are awe inspiring. Get an early start. Later! And bring rain jacket.

Stephen Wilson
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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.

Karen Honeycutt
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Hiking

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.

Zach Ford
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Hiking

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.

Tyler Winningham
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Hiking

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!

John Vogt
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Hiking

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.

Kevin Hemer
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Hiking

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

Ingrid Hockenberry
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Hiking

Nice and brutal. Worth every step.

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MATTHEW DENHAM
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Hiking

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

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Joey Deptula
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Hiking

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.

Lauren Farrell
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Hiking

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!

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Yulia Pastukhova
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Hiking

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

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