Kenosha Pass North

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Kenosha Pass North is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jefferson, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1089 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike to see the changes colors of the aspen. The trail head gets very crowded so the earlier the better. We arrived around 8:30am on a Sunday and the place was already packed with cars using the side of the road for parking spots. Still, we didn't have too much trouble finding a place to park. The trail begins right off the road, make sure not to follow crowds into campground on the opposite side, you'll just have to turn around. The trail begins through beautiful pine forest but the best is yet to come. A couple miles in, the trail emerges from the woods and reveals an expansive view of the plains to the south and the mountain range farther to the west. Beautiful golden yellows and bright oranges paint the sides of mountains around you. You can keep going on as the trail descends, but once the trail enters the forest again, there are no more high points. The trails does meander its way down through a dense aspen growth but most of the leaves on these trees had already fallen, and you find yourself about the skeletons of trunks and branches with the occasional yellow leaf in its final days of grasping to the tree. We turned around here but the trail goes on for a long ways as this is part of the Colorado trail. We didn't go all the way to where the trail end is marked on the Alltrails map and the out and back took us about 5 hours.

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful day for a beautiful hike Trail was not too difficult but you can stay on it and go quite a ways more than just 7 miles total I did 11 round trip

hiking
8 months ago

really easy hike due to not much elevation change. we did it Oct 1st to view the aspens and it didn't disappoint. went about a mile past the "end" of the hike because it was easy and beautiful. we got there at 8 and it was already kind of crowded. when we finished around 1130, we were blown away by how many people were there. parking lot jammed and cars lining the street for a half mile both ways.

hiking
8 months ago

You start to get stunning views about 2 miles in when you head out of the forest and start to descend. I went yesterday (Sept. 30) and a lot of the leaves have already fallen, but there are still a lot changing yellow and orange and some are even green still on hills further away. The snow-capped peaks and valley in the distance are beautiful especially when you hike down to the bottom of the mountain. I recommend starting early on the weekends. Not too many people around 8:30 am, but super busy on our way out around noon.

8 months ago

Beautiful aspens as well as views of the (starting to be) snow capped mountains. Easy, populated trail with many great places for views

hiking
8 months ago

This is an easy out and back trail, so you can make it as long as you want. Beautiful views of the Aspens changing colors (went on September 23rd). There are a couple clearings 1-2 miles in that make for stunning views. Great hike to take out-of-towners on as it has such great views and is an easy hike!

8 months ago

Stunning fall colors!

hiking
8 months ago

The trail was clear and dry and there were stunning views of the mountains. I would consider this an easy trail. I was there September 21st and the yellow was popping but some aspens were still green, so I bet in a week or two the rest will be yellow and the orange will be popping through

trail running
8 months ago

Best time to run is late September! The leaves are stunning!

off road driving
8 months ago

Fall color foliage was decent today.

backpacking
9 months ago

Started hike on 9/18, still a bit early for the aspens on the trail but on the east side at dispersed camping grounds the Aspens were in full golden glory!

9 months ago

Hike today hoping for full Aspen colors but it still seems to be a bit early for this trail. There are most definitely pockets of Aspens in their full glory, but we are going to try again next weekend.

hiking
10 months ago

went for a short hike here only went about an hour and a half into the trail but loved it. Great view fairly secluded and very smooth path.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite places for a comfy hike! Such a great view, and the wildflowers are beautiful in the spring.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful aspen forests and wild flowers (early August 2017). Great views of South Park and surrounding mountain ranges throughout. It's a bit of a reverse hike; uphill coming back. The 7 mile distance is a little misleading; this is part of the Colorado Trail, and goes on further. There are some nice campsites at about 3 miles.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I can imagine that this hike is beautiful when the Aspens are at full bloom. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case when I went mid October. But I cannot fault the lack of colors on the Aspens because the drive to this hike was beautiful and bountiful with colors. The hike itself, depending on which route you take, can be difficult, which I enjoyed. I didn't realize that there was outdoor camping near the entrance. I'll have to make it a point to camp there next year. Perfect hike with Aspens a are at full bloom.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Great trail.great views. Go toward South Park to see breathtaking views.

Monday, October 03, 2016

This was a great hike!! My dog and I really enjoyed it. Not too difficult but long enough that you get some good exercise. The end by the creek is a breathtaking grove of aspens and the dogs can play in the water. Definitely worth the drive.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sep 27, 2016. Loved this nice easy hike to view the fall colors at their peak. You can take the trail as long or short as you like. About 1 1/2 miles out leads to an opening with a small wooden bench thats very beautiful. We started on the same side of the road as the campground. It was pretty crowded today because of peak week (even though its tuesday) but still was really beautiful! Giving this hike less stars because it was crowded and pretty easy.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great Aspen groves full of color with some clearings .

hiking
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Missed peak aspen fall color change by 2 wks. Without that the trail is kinda meh, going through trees with occasional open vistas which are quite pretty. Will try again next fall. It is probably spectacular if one can catch peak fall aspen colors.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Great for viewing the Fall Aspens. Got there a week or two late, so most had fallen, but some still had their vibrant yellow leaves. Good to go in late September.

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