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Colorado Trail, Hippo Trail, and Campion Trail Loop

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White River National Forest

Colorado Trail, Hippo Trail, and Campion Trail Loop is a 7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 1,371 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Hiking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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This route is within the Horseshoe Gulch Trail System of the White River National Forest.

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Recordings (55)
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Ryan Everoski
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john adgate
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Agree that it's good but not great. Suggest doing it clockwise. Also consider staying off the Hippo part of the trail because of all the mountain bikes as it is narrow. If you go down to the Colorado trail and walk up through the meadow you you will be parallel to the hippo trail and I'll probably be more pleasant hiking and you end up on that trail eventually anyway so you can't get lost.

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Cheryl Bond
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Good but not great. A few great views but a lot of blah too. Also, the new Hippo Trail is very narrow which makes it tough to share with bikes. Generally, don’t hike trail that allow bikes and this confirmed why.

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Shirlee Sodini
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Tough uphill start and downhill finish! Bring lots of water!

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marlene armfield
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I do think this is more than 7 miles now, as the Hippo trail has been redone, and I am sure it is longer, or maybe I am just out of shape! But it is beautiful!! Take lots of water.

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Alexander Pancoe
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Ran the loop this morning. FYI all trails will have a hard time potentially verifying as there is a new hippo trail and they still have the old one in their system. I would do this early for running — the new hippo trail is made for mountain biking and as I came down lots of bikers were headed up.

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Sven Henderson
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Beautiful trail but despite keeping my eyes peeled I did not spot a single hippo. I did see a moose though.

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Patrick Anderson
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Great hike! We started at the parking lot across the highway and crossed under by the river. It definitely wasn't 12 miles, more like 8. We went with family - some from sea level - and it was a fun but challenging hike. Beautiful views, close to town, and only saw 2 other hikers and maybe 3 bikers.

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Deb Osborn
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Great views. A few steep spots but durable. DO NOT follow the map in the link. Once you exit 9 stay on the main road and parking is to the right and a lake I’m the left.

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Brian English
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Parking was weird because the AllTrails map started in an RV park. There looks to be a public parking area just before the RV park or down the road on the right near a lake. There is a side trail around the lake or from another set of townhomes. The trail itself was lightly travelled We started up the switchbacks over the RV park. Good views of Breck up the switchbacks until heading East through an easy wooded area. We descended into a long meadow along the colorado trail. Saw some deer, lots of squirrels, chipmunks, and variety of birds. Great wildflowers of all colors and varieties before turning left onto Hippo trail. Hippo trail was a bit of a march to the top. Then the views got really nice looking south. The trail was very smooth and well marked.

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Julia P.
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Beautiful meadows on the backside, ... but that was a steep little sucker at the beginning.

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Lauren Winschuh
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So beautiful! Done in early July; so many beautiful butterflies, flowers and mountain views.

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Vanessa Shipp
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Super trail! We did this with our 3 kids (10,8,5) - we followed the instructions of other AllTrails reports to find the trail head. The first part is steep, but very doable. I would say maybe 3/4ths was in the direct sun, so we got hot but took frequent water breaks. It was very quiet, we saw a total of 5 others during our 4 hours. The meadows were spectacular- the hardest part was the final switchback decline for our 5 year old. But we made it - and dipped our feet in the cold stream afterwards. Enjoy!

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Robin Schroeder
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Good views during in the hike, did have quite a few mountain bikers yesterday which could be expected on a holiday weekend. Lots of wildflowers!

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SIMON HERRIOTT
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Gorgeous trail! Meadows filled with wild flowers and dramatic backdrops of mountain range. Hardly anyone on the trail. A few bikers.

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Kevin Stroud
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Trail head is a bit tricky to find like everyone else mentioned. Google maps will take you to the RV park, do not even go into their parking lot. Keep driving down the road about a quarter-mile and on the west side you will see a gravel parking area. Across the street from the parking there is a trail head marked for access to the Colorado Trail. Go down that trail and right when the Colorado Trail is about to start the switch backs (five minute walk), you will see the trail veer off straight and it will connect to Campion. Steep incline for the first 20 minutes, it levels off there after. Beautiful views of ten mile range, opens up about halfway through to an open valley. Did not see one other person on the entire loop. I went at about 7 AM. Took about two hours, 1367 elevation gain throughout.

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Randy Cox
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The trail was in great condition and very low traffic. Parking is about .25 mi past the RV entrance and on the right. Trailhead is across the street, directly behind parking.

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Katya King
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This trail starts between two modular cabins in a development called TigerRun. I happened to be staying in one of the cabins and was able to walk to the trail head, but if you’re arriving by car, you should park your car at the entrance of the development. The loop is great! It starts with a steep hike straight up the hill but gets much easier after the crest, And there are many beautiful vistas along the way. On a hot summer day there is very little shade on this hike, so bring water and be able to peel off layers of clothing. Definitely a fun hike with lovely views and beautiful meadow flowers.

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Jesper B
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Walking clockwise the trial starts off with a good incline. Flattens out later. Views of the city and mountains are gorgeous and well worth it

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Ross Merritt
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agree with previous post that the trail head is hard to find. use alternate trail at the road crossing

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Kelly Keglovits
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Google Maps took us to an RV Resort. Continue past the resort as the road curves to the right. You will see trailhead parking about.25 miles past the resort. Park in the lot and the trailhead for Campion is across the street.

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Pamela Less
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Never even got to the TH. Google maps kept taking me to an RV Park. Super nice RV/mobile home park but, not the TH.

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Andrew Anglum
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Cool field in the middle

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Erin Hurkes
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Counterclockwise is a steeper ascent. Not much fall colors except for in the valley, beautiful!!! Monday afternoon- 4 bikers, 3 hikers.

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Christopher Quinn
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Going counterclockwise, it’s quite an ascent for the first hour plus, but felt great. A lone moose came tromping through the forest during my hike. This was a really beautiful and peaceful hike, just what I needed. Felt longer than 6.5 miles for sure, but easy to follow and lots of gorgeous views and golden aspens. Highly recommended!!

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Fahren Norton
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Steep, low trafficked trail. This is the trail that splits off of Hippo trail to the right. It’s a steep trail that I had to hike a bike in a few spots. Loose gravel single track. It was a fun descent and difficult climb. I’m not sure how far it goes as I did not have time to explore further. It seems to go up the backside of Swan Mt. I could not find this trail on the map, so I recorded it in hopes it will be mapped soon.

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Thomas Gifford
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Great view from the top of Campion a Trail and a beautiful walk through the valley on the hippo loop part of the hike. Not too difficult but there are a couple decent ascents. Would recommend bringing 1.5-2 liters of water on a nice day.

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Ryan Mosley
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overall nice but there are a lot of other hikes in the area that I would recommend first

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Nicole O'Neill
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Amazing wildflowers. 2 big steep uphills and steep downhills. We saw 3 Mtn bikes and 3 other families in our hike. Bring at least 2 water bottles per person and a snack.

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