Elk Mountain Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Elk Mountain Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hot Sulphur Springs, 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.

3.5 miles
1,200 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


5 months ago

If not for review from Cam McNair would have never found the trail. Excellent place to camp better than to hike.

11 months ago

See previous comments on how to locate the trailhead. I did drive right past the first time! I parked directly on the 4x4 trail as far as I could drive but there is a parking lot across the main road you can park on if you have low a clearance vehicle. You follow the 4x4 trail up the switchbacks until you reach an open meadow the road travels through. Turn left and bushwhack through the trees here as there is no distinct trail from this point. You will travel uphill a little ways (about .25-.5 a mile) before you get above tree line and are nearing the summit. Once above tree line, just keep heading up and you will find yourself on top of Elk! The views were incredible and the actual traverse wasn't extremely difficult making it a good mountain for less experienced hikers. The incline is steep at times but nothing crazy and the overall hike is fairly short. Good for many skill levels!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Elk Mtn Trailhead is not marked - actual location = 40° 10' 17.1876'' N, 106° 8' 19.7016'' W. Parking is best in clearing across CR-21 where old drill site is located. Trail is apparently seldom used and not well maintained. Looks like Forest Service is trying to restrict vehicles and cure erosion problems. It's worth the hike, though - awesome views from the summit!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Trailhead on this app no longer present. Start at abandoned forest rd 113 about a half mile north on Rd 112. Final approach up steep uplift is rewarded by a 360 view of Grand County

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Good quick hike to the summit. Pretty decent 360 views - including Rocky Mountain National Park to the NE.

1 month ago

Sunday, October 26, 2014