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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 beautiful wild flowers 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: 2,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: The road is currently closed, which adds 4.3 miles of road walking to the trailhead.

hiking
3 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done. Trail is dry.

hiking
3 days ago

A great hike. Not too hard but definitely a trudge to the top. Views at the top were amazing.

hiking
7 days ago

Trail was outstanding. Drove up in a minivan and the dirt roads were mostly fine. Access road still closed, but the walk up wasn’t bad. Several fallen trees were pretty easy to get around. Some snow pack on the trail near the top, but all of it was easy to get around (to the right as you ascend). Increasingly windy as you rise above the tree line. I was cold enough at the top that I didn’t linger long. I counted less than 15 other hikers, all of whom were v friendly. Views from the top were spectacular.

hiking
rocky
snow
16 days ago

Spectacular view of all that Colorado has to offer at the top. There is some snow on the trial but it does NOT require any snowshoes. The biggest piece of snow emerges out of tree line before you start the ridge accent but you can easily walk over it or around it. There are a few downed trees along the trail and some minor snow patches which you can go around or through. Recommend a morning start and you can get it done in 4.5 hours at a brisk pace or 6 hours going slow. The view is very much worth it.

hiking
closed
snow
1 month ago

Amazing trail. Snowshoes were needed, and the road was closed. Took Byers Road, which added 4.3 miles of road walking to the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Nicely maintained however FYI the road is block until June 15. It looks possible to park near the trail head in the summer however if you can't park the area to leave your car is 3 miles from the TH.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike with an very well maintained trail. Hour and a half up and hour down, gets pretty steep around tree line!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike on a beautiful day. Long but worth it he view. Did not mind the mile and a half forest service road to start and finish. Gives ya a warm up and cool down.

hiking
9 months ago

Great day to hike Byers Peak. Trail is in great shape. Only a few fellow hikers out today. Temp's are starting to drop. No Aspen colors yet.

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic views for a little work. Arrived at 630, first car at trailhead. Reached summit in 2 hours, down in just over an hour hiking/running. Around 20 cars when I left.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail- proposed on top today to my now fiancé. Caught lucky weather. We had to hike 3.6 miles to get to trail head using the gps coordinates on this map on Apple for some reason

backpacking
off trail
10 months ago

Did this as a one-night backpack (no fees, no reservations/permits) with our dog. We didn't follow the trail to the peak but instead followed a different trail and camped at the base of Mt. Byers which was BEAUTIFUL. We saw very few people along the way, basically just a park ranger who was mapping out the trails. Pretty chilly (some snow in the cirque and definitely on top of Mt. Byers) even in late August at our campsite (NOT hammock appropriate), which also had a stream/lake-ish area that probably came from the melted snow, convenient for filtering. The second day, we attempted to climb up the ridge to summit Mt. Byers, but it was extremely windy and we made it to the top of the ridge and didn't feel comfortable climbing the *very* rocky part along the ridge to make it to the top. Overall a gorgeous area that I definitely plan to return to.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyed this trail greatly. I was up and down before afternoon weather moved in. A bit breezy on the ridge in spots but trail was dry, snow banks along the sides but not an impact. Grand 360 views, timbered portion was pleasant. Recommend highly. Hint, arriving early has the added benefit of choice parking among the limited spaces.

hiking
10 months ago

Well maintained trail, got a late start (11am) and was lucky to avoid any bad weather except the high winds while summiting. Came across about 5 other groups so not too crowded. Ran/hiked up in 2 hours and down in 1. First 2 miles are a wide, gravel road which isn't my favorite thing. Still, it's a great trail with great views though.

hiking
scramble
11 months ago

Beautiful views. Fun, easy scramble at the top. Good elevation gain. Summited in just over 2 hours running / hiking. Made it back to the trailhead just shy of 1 hour running down. Trail is well maintained. With adequate time, this hike is doable for most levels of fitness and hiking experience. Great hike near Fraser / Winter Park.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is challenging but worth it. Starts out on a service road that made us wonder if we were in the right place. About 2 miles in, the trail really begins. Weather today was challenging in addition to the trail itself, but that’s all part of the fun - just be ready for it! A couple of things to note: when folks around here say rock scramble, they may mean more rock climb. The most intense climbing was at the summit of this trail, which was a bit too much at this altitude for one of us. Seasoned hikers and climbers will really enjoy the last .3 or so to reach the summit.

hiking
11 months ago

Epic hike surrounded by miles of Rockies views! Starts with a moderate two mile stretch on dirt road before the woods start and the trail gets steeper. The steepest grade (including a bit of rock climbing) starts when the trail opens up...you'll be at the base of the peak and there will be a sign that says 1.1 miles to the summit. We started at 7am and summited around 9:45, making for a strenuous but enjoyable morning hike. Make sure to bring warm weather gear as the summit gets a bit chilly when the clouds roll in around noon, and consider hiking poles if you have sensitive knees on steep downhills.

hiking
11 months ago

Favorite hike in the area! We had beautiful weather and good temperatures. Started at 8:00 am. The service road was about two miles at the beginning then there was about a mile and a half in the beautiful forest then the last 1.1 miles is out above tree line and very steep but with amazing views the whole way up. Had to rock scramble a little but it is doable. Made it to the top in a little less than three hours. Outstanding 360 degree views! Total miles hiked was 9.1 with 3000 elevation gain.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful dry hike today on Byers!

hiking
scramble
11 months ago

To summit, their is a small rock climb. A bit scary for smaller kids but fun trail especially if you ride your bike to the trailhead!!

hiking
snow
Fri Jul 05 2019

Hiked 7/3/19. Trailhead is accessible via a 2WD low-clearance vehicle (I made it in a Ford Focus). There is some parking on the side of the road near the beginning of the service road, which you have to hike up or bike up (like 1.5-2 miles) to access the true start of the Byers Peak trail. Large amounts of snow below the treeline made it difficult to navigate the trail at first, and I spent a lot of time path finding and postholing through drifts across the trail. After making past the treeline, however, the trail opened up significantly, and there was only one large snow field to navigate past that point. Be aware that there are two trails to the peak (I believe they meet up somewhere on the ridge). I took the new Byers Peak trail- do your research! The old trail is often the one depicted on topo maps. Overall, it took me about 5 hrs with the snow, probably would have been closer to 3-3.5 without. Views are amazing from the top. The snow is quickly melting, and if you're up for an adventure, it's a fun and more challenging hike than many of the other options in the Winter Park area.

hiking
Tue Sep 11 2018

favorite hike in the Fraser valley! tough & challenging but totally doable. mentally, the toughest part is the walk down the road once you come off the trail.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

Loved this beautiful hike outside Frasier. The top affords some incredible views of a number of different ranges, not to mention of Winter Park and the ski resort. We completed this round trip in about 6 hours. The last mile along the ridge felt like a slog, and the first couple hours hiking up the road was a bummer, but the bits through the trees and the incredible views from the top made it worth it. We summited around 10:30 am and began our descent shortly thereafter, and the clouds were rolling in quickly. Be careful with weather in that exposed high alpine terrain!

hiking
Sat Apr 28 2018

Great hike! Good workout, cold up top though!! Needed gloves. Dog friendly.

Sat Dec 09 2017

Went up there today and the trail is now closed for the season! You can walk past the barrier up to the actual trailhead if you want but it's a good 10 miles to the trailhead.

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