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Bison Peak Summit Trail

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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

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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

This was an amazing hike. Definitely a challenge as the incline is no joke to the top. Once you get up there, you will be in awe. It's breathtaking. we climbed some rocks at the top and rested a bit. Bring plenty of water! Mosquitos were definitely out for blood

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Great hike. Start early to get the most out of the day. Hiked on Saturday 7/6. began at 7am. Mosquitoes were heavily present the majority especially at the trailhead so bring bug spray! Reached the summit at 945am. explored for quite a while and went over to the other two rocky peaks to the southeast. headed back down at 1210 and got to my car at 120, just as the skies opened up and began to pour. impeccable timing!

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Spectacular hike with incredible views. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The incline is relentless but definitely worth the effort. The rock formations are fascinating. The mosquitos, which carved me up like a ribeye, are no joke! I’d seriously consider wearing a mosquito net or hoodie, as they were undeterred by bug spray. This hike would be ideal in mid-August when the bugs die off and the Aspen begin to turn.

hiking
bugs
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Did this trail this morning, 7/4/19. Start early if you can, I was on the trail by 8, I would've started earlier if possible. Trail is mostly shaded in the morning, but as the sun rises it gets very sunny. The incline is intense, almost zero switchbacks on your way to the plateau at the top. The scenery and the rock formations at the summit are some of the best I've ever seen in the front range, you can see clear across the state on a clear day; if my peakfinder app is to be believed, I could see peaks to the south 180 miles away. The only ding against this amazing trail is the ever-present mosquito population: BRING BUG SPRAY!

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Loved this trail. Got started around 6 AM, got back to the car around 11, temperatures weren't too unbearable. Mosquitoes were a serious nuisance, though. Physically challenging hike but extremely rewarding once you get to the final ridgeline - it's like another planet up there, and you can choose your own adventure to get to the top. Very unique experience, and no crowds. Highly recommend.

hiking
bugs
no shade
5 months ago

Pretty views, mosquitos are bad down on the bottom trail, not much shade, but worth the views and the amazing rock formations! Very little water at the tops as well.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful vistas framed by really fascinating rock formations. The top is completely magical! The mountain itself is much dryer than a lot of hiking I've done in Colorado so it was blessedly snow free!

hiking
5 months ago

This one takes you above treeline, with sweeping views of not only the valley below but of multiple ranges. Was a little concerned starting out because it was so tame -- concern was right, because you gain a ton of elevation after that first mile. Really varied and beautiful trail. It will hold your attention throughout. All Alltrails route doesn't take you all the way up, so continue forward to the obvious peak. There's no real trail when you gain the ridge. There's a neat box and sign in book at the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked on 6/22. Nice hike with a steady incline all the way to the top. Awesome views from Bison Peak. Get there early as there is a smaller parking lot at Ute Creek trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Dry with wildflowers scattered around :) lots of shade!! Started at Ute Creek Trailhead (where the directions take you) then turned right at the fork up top (the first sign you see). Cold and windy at the top but lovely views! Also the first 2 miles or so are super flat before it starts getting steeper. Nothing too hard though.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely incredible!! I would recommend this hike to anybody. The views at the top are so worth it.

hiking
6 months ago

Completed this trail with a friend and my dog 6/10/19. Beautiful trail. Only saw one other person the entire hike. Almost no snow or mud all the way up. First 1/3 of the trail is nice and mostly gentle inclines next to either a river or a creek depending on which section. 2nd 1/3 of the trail is pretty steep with a lot of loose gravel and intermittent shade. Last 1/3 of the trail is mostly shaded and more gentle of an incline than the second section mentioned above. It’s starts to get steep again once approaching and above treeline till you hit the first major summit. I ran out of time once I hit the main rock formation garden so stopped at a little of 5 miles in, relaxed, and admired the awesome views from the top

hiking
6 months ago

Wonderful trail. Snow wasn't much of an issue on June 1. We carried snowshoes the whole way without any opportunity to use them. I appreciated having poles for more stability, though (a couple of piles of snow to walk through, but nothing on an uncomfortable incline; it's also melting fast). Be sure to go right at the fork near the top. Much of our party was happy to just hang out at the meadow at the top. Incredible views and rocks, even without a summit. No restroom at the trailhead. Easy to get to and little traffic the day we went. Highly recommend!

recorded Bison Peak Summit Trail

hiking
snow
6 months ago

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