Byers Peak Trail

HARD 41 reviews
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Byers Peak Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Winter Park, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3123 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

Directions from Granby: Travel southeast on Highway 40 approximately 17 miles to County Road 73 in the town of Fraser. Travel west on Road 73 for 2 miles to Forest Road 160.2. Travel southwest on Forest Road 160.2 for 7 miles to Forest Road 111, then west 4 miles to the trailhead.

Really beautiful trail. rating is accurate. uphill steeply at least 3/4 of the way and the last 1.75 miles are the biggest climb. aits worth it at the top though, especially when the fall colors are at their peak.

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13 days ago

The 2 miles on the service road is kind of a bummer by foot. But it is worth it. The rest of the hike is absolutely breathtaking. Some bouldering and tough elevation gain. For a rather inexperienced hiker and lowlander like myself, we figured it was roughly 2.5-3 hours to get to the top, and a solid 2 hours to get back. I will definitely do this one again, but next time will mountain bike for the first 2 miles and lock my bike up at the rack. Oh and a vehicle with 4 wheel drive is recommended to get to the trail head--I made it in my Honda Accord, but went less than 5 mph for the last mile or two of the road. Would have felt more comfortable in my SUV.

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20 days ago

Great views. Not very busy (only saw about 15 people Labor Day Weekend). Definitely moderate to hard. I couple slightly technical boulderish climbing where the trail kinda goes away towards the top but not too bad. First part meanders up a Forest Service Road (about 2 miles, which there's an actual bike rack at the top where the original trailhead used to be where people lock up their bikes and hike on - we saw about 5 people ride their bike to here) then the trail kinda meanders through the woods without a ton of elevation gain then makes a B-line up the ridge for about 1900 feet of nearly constant vertical gain.

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20 days ago

Awesome hike if you're looking for a good workout! Trail is well maintained and very easy to follow besides the very tip top but it's not a problem! Very steep but very worth it. Beautiful, wide open views.

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21 days ago

It was beautiful up top even with a storm approaching. During summer make sure you summit early. But the 2-3 mile road if you don't mtn bike to bike rack was extremely tedious on the way up and down.

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1 month ago

Stunning views... Once you get past the 2 mile dirt road and the really nice pine forest... Up up the whole way, you get above tree line where you start the REAL hike. I lost count of the number of false summits; don't let them play mind games with you... It's a slog, but oh so worth it the entire way up, and somehow even better at the top, with 360 views.

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The trail is in great condition, with many mushrooms to be found along the way. Quiet, challenging hike. We were alone on the summit on a Saturday mid-morning.

First 1/4 is a series of switchbacks on a wide trail. Next 1/4 is in a gorgeous, lush forest. After that, you've reached a series of false summits leading to some scramble. The summit has lots of wildflowers and killer views.

Long dirt road starting from about 7 miles out.

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2 months ago