Byers Peak Trail

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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

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.

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muddy
rocky
snow
3 months ago

hiking
3 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
3 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.

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.

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4 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
4 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

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5 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.

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5 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.

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scramble
5 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
5 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.

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5 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
5 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.

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6 months ago

Beautiful dry hike today on Byers!

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scramble
6 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!!

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snow
6 months ago

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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Tue Oct 24 2017

10/23. Amazing trail, well maintained. Lots of snow, which made it very challenging, but worth it every step, and every slide. Took me 3 hours on the way up, 50 minutes on the way down. The summit is wide open, great view, but the wind... be prepared!

Sat Sep 23 2017

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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Mon Sep 11 2017

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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Mon Sep 04 2017

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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Mon Sep 04 2017

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.

Sun Sep 03 2017

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.

Sun Aug 20 2017

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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Sun Jul 09 2017

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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Sat Jun 24 2017

06/24- trail mostly clear, some spots where you had to maneuver around or just posthole through. Went up and down in 3:50. Good challenge for a warm up on a 14er season

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