Buchanan Pass / Camp Dick Trail

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Roosevelt National Forest

Buchanan Pass / Camp Dick Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, 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: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 941 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Note: the road into Camp Dick is closed, so plan to walk on pavement for an additional 1.5-2 miles RT.

hiking
muddy
snow
18 days ago

Trail still has tons of snow and water from the spring melt. We made it 2 miles in but then the trail turned to complete snow, which is brittle from the melt and fell out under our feet a lot. We did make it to the opening in the trees that overlooks the river, which was nice. Also: the road into Camp Dick is closed, so plan to walk on pavement for an additional 1.5-2 miles RT.

hiking
flooded
snow
26 days ago

trail is still very snowy and flooded in spots. expect to get your feet wet so plan accordingly. still a gorgeous hike and so worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

steep climb up spur from St. brain back to beaver reservoir was a challenge on AT skis. but doable and beautiful

4 months ago

I love this trail. I've actually seen a moose on this trail! It is a beautiful more forested trail, easy enough for my older dogs to hike.

hiking
7 months ago

The leaves were terrific today--at their peak. The road to Camp Dick and the campground are both closed, but you can park at Peacful Valley and walk in.

camp in

hiking
9 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! For a Sunday, it was very low-traffic and pleasant. A few rocky parts, but gorgeous and plenty of great spots to take a dip! Our dog loved it, too. Shady, not too strenuous, and the perfect way to spend 2-4 hours in the mountains.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail was beautiful, full of wild flowers right alongside the creek. I think other people who reviewed this trail, did so incorrectly as this parallels a 4 x 4 road, but is not the 4 x 4 Road.

hiking
10 months ago

So the reviewer below made a very innocent mistake if you're unfamiliar with the area. About 150 yards to the right of the 4x road is a bridge that veers to the right; bringing you along the river for nearly 4 miles. You can then take a bridge back across and go back down the 4x if you wish - though I have no idea why you would subject yourself to trucks and ankle-twisting rocks. This trail is gorgeous and continues on for many many miles; you just have to take that first right and cross the bridge to get on the foot path. Expect to see a lot of people; wildflowers and potentially moose.

hiking
10 months ago

NOT FOR HIKING! This trail is for 4x4 and I do not recommend hiking it outside of winter (with gear of course) due to the standing water. I made it 1.5 miles in and could not longer jump on rocks to make it across. Disappointing.

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked lower part today. First time on this trail and as Sammi noted below, much of the trail is a stream with some wide ponds that you can think your way across, till we hit the point about 2 miles in where the torrent crosses the trail. Scoped it out and turned round. Beautiful day, no snow encountered before our turning point.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

a little Rocky but a good trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
11 months ago

Hiked up to the boundary. This hike is beautiful. It is easy and might be considered more of a walk. There are a lot of rocks on the trail though so you have to pay attention. The trail follows the creek and it was really running. There is still snow around though e only had to cross one snowbank. That being said, the trail has a lot of wet areas. Like the previous person, there are times you might think you’re hiking in a creek bed because it is so wet. But I really enjoyed the scenery and would do this again.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
11 months ago

Hiked 6/9/2019. Most of the trail/road looked like a creek bed because of all the snow melt (the actual creek was a raging river). There were a few spots of standing water where we had to get creative to cross them. This was our first time on this trail, so we weren't sure how much of this was normal. We couldn't make it all the way to the top because where the creek crossed the trail/road it was way too deep/fast to cross. Overall though a great, long, not too steep hike. Would love to come back and do it again later in the season and see the water at a normal level.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Quiet hike on a weekday . Super easy flat terrain . Aspens looked beautiful

Sun Sep 16 2018

I enjoyed this trail. Much of it is through the woods so shade is appreciated on a hot day. Wildflowers we’re past time so I would like to do it in mid summer. Nice walk with dogs. Not difficult.

camping
Mon Aug 27 2018

This is an amazing and easy trail. It is mostly shaded and runs along side the creek. We backcountry-camped a little over halfway to the waterfall back in the trees. There were signs of bears (although no personal sightings) and patches of poison ivy. No other campers were in sight although we did see backpackers at the trail head. Highly recommended for a beautiful, cool hike and backcountry camping! The shade and creek make for a blissful atmosphere. As usual, this spot requires staying highly bear-aware and responsible.

Wed Jul 04 2018

Great camping spots along the water

hiking
Sun Jun 17 2018

This is a great trail trail that remains fairly flat throughout. There is a waterfall half way in which is really nice and a couple meadows you walk through with the mountains in the background. We went early in the day and saw few people. Good hike with dogs as well!

Tue May 29 2018

We hiked this trail on a beautiful Tuesday afternoon. The gate was closed so we parked at the side of the road. Very easy trail we hiked 3 miles in and back out. Beautiful pine forest with river always present. We stopped for a snack where the trail crossed the river. Great spot just us the breeze and the rushing river. As far as creatures, we found some pretty fresh black bear scat and some pretty fresh scratch marks on adjacent trees, some mule deer scat and a bunch of butterflies. Nice trail

hiking
Mon May 28 2018

nice waterfall... not too challenging ... good trail for flatlanders. nice shade, water

hiking
Sat May 26 2018

I had a great day with my 7 year old.! We took a couple detours due to felled trees and it was difficult to keep socks dry with all of the run off so the child decided to not care, but it was fun the whole way. Light traffic on a Friday morning.

Sun Oct 15 2017

Beautiful hike. Set out at 6:30 AM and didn’t see anyone the whole way up and back. Hiked in 4 miles on the trail to the Wilderness boundary. Hiked out on the 4 WD Road. The road was a bit sketch as there were numerous icy sections, should have stayed on the trail both ways. Take your spikes if you take the road.

Thu Aug 03 2017

Fun hike with the kids! We hiked in a few miles - the river was beautiful, there were many boulders for the kids to scramble up on, and my daughter was thrilled with all of the wildflowers.

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