James Peak Trail

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James Peak Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2995 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

ice climbing

nature trips

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Winter Park: Follow the directions to the Roger's Pass Trail: Go southeast of Highway 40 to the Rollin's Pass Road (County Road 80/Forest Road 149) just across from the Winter Park Ski Area. Drive up the road about 11 miles toward Rollin's Pass to the first trestle, the rifle sight notch. Follow Trail #1495A (an old 4x4 road) directly across the road from the trestle, heading south. From Roger's Pass summit, follow the trail that goes south-southwest. The trail parallels the ridge on the west side. The last 1/2 mile to the peak has no trail.

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2 months ago

Beautiful, but difficult hike.

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3 months ago

Hiked this awesome peak with great views (Saint Mary's Lake and Glacier and about 8 or so lakes you can see from the trail and peak) on 9/8/17 with the Boulder Social Hikers Meet-up Group. We had fun and I plan to hike it again next year.

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3 months ago

This is a gorgeous and difficult hike. You first have to ascend to the lake, then the glacier and finally the mountain itself. After crossing the road, look for a large brown sign, its a little ways west of the road, the trail is there. Their are a few false summits so stay strong. If I can do it you can.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Came up St. Mary's glacier. Lost the trail when we reached the 4wheel drive road. Figured it out 2 miles later. Lol. Got to the top and was happy!!! It's a tough hike. Caleb(11) was tired and got a headache coming down. Next time I bring kids Tylenol!! Reward with BeauJo's pizza!!!!

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3 months ago

3 months ago

Definitely one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on! You'll wanna start early, bring $5 for parking and either poles or snow shoe clamps to get up saint marys glacier. I saw multiple people who were unable to complete just the beginning portion of the glacier because they didn't have the right gear for hiking in the snow. It was a challenging hike but the views were worth it, I'll for sure do it again!

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4 months ago

Just back from this hike. Quite breezy. From above the glacier the trail is a good highway unlike some 13ers like Square top. Yaked on summit for almost a half hour and got cold.

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail, absolutely breathtaking. Hiked up St. Mary's glacier to James Peak. Highly recommend starting early. We started about 7:30 and didn't get down till about 12:15.