Mosca Pass Trail

MODERATE 43 reviews

Mosca Pass Trail is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, 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.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Visitor Center: About 1/4 mile past the entrance to the Visitor Center, on the right side, is the entrance to the Montville Parking Area. If you get to the entrance for the Dune Parking Area, you have gone too far. The trail takes off on the east side of the parking lot.

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Great hike

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail through the woods and then meadows filled with wildflowers. The trail does follow the Creek, but there are only a few easy points to drop in so the pups can drink. We saw a bear across the creek early on but he ran off and we didn't see any wildlife after that. We started the hike at 7am and got back to the TH at 10 on the dot, and then included plenty of picture stops! Didn't see anyone until we were half way back down, so early is the way to go for privacy, not to mention nice cool temps and that gorgeous golden light streaming through the trees. Perfect hike!

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3 months ago

Beautiful trail.... well marked & well kept. You follow Mosca creek the entire way - very peaceful. The views of the sand dunes are also marvelous. The first 3/4 mile is definitely the most difficult with the elevation gain. We saw very few other hikers. Be prepared for a plethora of mosquitos (the only reason I ranked it 4 stars - I wasn't prepared) !!

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3 months ago

Made the round trip with a group of Boy Scouts ranging in ages 11 to 14. Tough on the way in with the elevation gain...well worth it! Nothing but smiles upon completion. Troop 524 recommends it!

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3 months ago

This trail is moderately difficult with the elevation gain at an already high altitude. It provides wonderful views of the dunes and ascends into a beautiful alpine meadow setting.

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4 months ago

A lovely, peaceful trail with great views of the sand dunes.

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4 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail. It was beautiful! It took me, an asthmatic from Florida, just under 2 1/2 hours to get to the end (from the Great Sand Dunes NP). Frankly, I felt like the journey was far better than the destination.

If you're starting from the dune side, it's nearly entirely uphill. It is beside a creek (Mosca Creek, of course) the entire time--you always hear it. There are many places along the trail that allow you to get water from it (the best/safest spot is close to the end). The middle part (the most beautiful) is quite rocky, but easy to hike. There are beautiful meadows towards the end where you can camp with a permit. There are two flowing creek crossings without a bridge (and one with), but they're very shallow. The one nearest to the end is quite muddy.

There are opportunities for panoramas and photos at every turn. Expect to see people on the trail as the park is quite busy this time of the year. But this hike is simply worth it!