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Mount Evans Meridian Trail to Rosedale Peak

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Mount Evans Wilderness

Mount Evans Meridian Trail to Rosedale Peak is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Shawnee, 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: 9.0 miles Elevation Gain: 2,283 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Directions from Bailey: From Bailey drive east on Highway 285 for 2.7 miles to the top of Crow Hill. Turn north (left) on Park County Road 43, Deer Creek Road. Drive 6.7 miles on this paved road to a fork. Bear right on to Park County Road 47 and follow this paved road for .9 miles. Turn north (left) on to a gravel road and cross a cattle guard. When you reach the Meridian Campground sign bear right (northeast). About 100 yards further bear right again at a fork. After driving .5 miles on the gravel road bear left (straight ahead) at the road junction. At .3 miles further bear right and continue .5 miles to the trailhead. Park near the horse corrals. The trailhead is accessible for all types of cars. This access road passes through private property. Please respect their property.

Honeymoon hike with wife

hiking
1 month ago

Its a nice trail, if you enjoy the sound of high capacity rifles and pistols firing around you. For almost the entire 3.5 miles to the wilderness boundary the potentially peaceful setting is shattered by constant gun fire echoing up the ravine walls from a local shooting range. Harris Park Shooting range is located in the valley below Royal Mountain and Meridian Hill. So much for seeing wild life or enjoying some peace and quiet. However, if you do like to feel like you are running from a platoon of commandos, firing wildly into the air, this is the hike for you. Also, no views as you are in the woods the entire time.

running
1 month ago

This is a sweet trail run. Only went up to the wilderness sign - just shy of where the trail forks - but it was a lot of fun. Not too crowded, some blowdown but with obvious routes around, and that aspen grove is pretty cool. Will definitely return for an attempt at the summit

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

The Alltrails map does not take you to the summit of Rosedale Peak. You can hike the Meridian trail to the intersection with the Cub Creek Trail, then head into the woods, off trail, to reach the summit. It does require a good GPS and some bouldering skills. Once above treeline, you will definitely experience a wow factor that so many reviews say was missing from this hike. Went today. There were some patches of avoidable snow. Most everything is melted now.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
snow
1 month ago

Good to get out and hike. Solid 1700’ altitude gain. Aspen groves pretty nice, creek crossings, and solitude. Lots of birds—Robins, Starlet Jays, and Camprobbers. No real WOW factor here. Snow packed and icy at trail crossing of Cub Creek Trail. Some of the photos posted show spectacular views, but not for us. Will try in warmer months to get to Rosalie.

snow
2 months ago

nice try will have to come back lots of snow at 3 1/2 miles in, but pretty hike with the spruce trees

hiking
snow
3 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

10/19/19 before noon - our group of 5 women chatted with two women about the lack of a wow factor at the end of AllTrails’ route - one of you dropped your navy blue with white polka dots vest - it is at the trailhead! This hike would be lovely in the spring or fall when the aspens are leafed out. As mentioned above, the “end“ of the out portion (per AllTrails) of this hike is pretty anti-climactic from a view standpoint. Most of us on an out and back expect a particular viewpoint at the end, which this does not have. But, a nice steady incline up, which was fine when paced for breathers; easy going down.

hiking
8 months ago

A steady uphill climb the whole way in, your reward is all the aspen trees after about an hour in. They were amazing on 10/5 even with all the wind. Not too busy on the trail, but the parking lot is small and you might have to park a little way from the trailhead on the road in.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was great! The aspens were gorgeous!

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

It was OK. Alittle short for me. Aspen groves midway were beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a great trail for steady 100 ish minutes of gentle climbing with the dog on leash. About an hour down I think. Mostly straight and a steady incline, with lovely aspen groves and plenty of other shade. Heard elk and saw birds and rodents and elk/deer through the trees. Only one spot with views across a meadow to the mountains, but ideal for me and the dog to get some exercise. Super good signage and easy to park. Arrived 7am Sat 9/21 and was the first car; saw a few people as I was returning at 10 but the lot was just half full. Nice breeze — was 32 when I started and 59 by the end. Gorgeous day! aspens still green but starting to turn a little!

hiking
9 months ago

Dog friendly but not much water to be found. The hike is a nice respite from others seeking more mountainous views, but the aspen groves of this trail shouldn’t be missed— especially in the fall!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail while visiting Bailey. Wonderful hike for a decent distance that allows dogs and has good shade coverage throughout. Not much in the way of grand views, but fantastic Aspen groves.

hiking
10 months ago

essentially a 2 hour stair master trail. very nice aspen trees, and lots of shade which was good today. at 10 am it was in the 60s at the parking lot, but coming back at 2 it was in the lower 80s. great for 3+ h workout...and very quiet; saw maybe 20 people over 4 h, with 10 of them and overnight camping group.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Hiked this today. Perfect weather, trail is in excellent condition and the wildflowers are lovely. Saw bear scat, very large deer scat. A few mosquitoes and biting flies--repellent would be handy. Mostly shady trail, exceptionally pretty views through aspen groves. We will do this one again.

hiking
11 months ago

Got to the TH a little late around 8:30, but there were plenty of parking spaces available. We only ran into 4 other groups during the hike, so I highly recommend if you’re looking for a quiet, low trafficked trail. 4/5 because the trail runs mostly through the forest, and, while the aspens were beautiful, there weren’t any great lookout points. Not a difficult hike although there is an incline all the way to the end. Took us about 3 hours RT including a rest at the top.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a nice hike for a little bit of rigor, but nothing too crazy. No snow/ice on or around the trail. Trail is mostly shaded under trees, it was also peaceful and breezy. Only went with 3/5 stars because it was kind of a unexceptional hike overall. Not bad, but nothing too exciting to see/do either. Was able to easily get there in my 2WD Sedan though, and not too far away from Denver area.

hiking
Sun Jun 23 2019

Super peaceful. We found some pretty views halfway up. Walking through forest the entire time. Very quiet. Our 2wd sedan made it to the TH no problem. Would recommend for a quiet, chill hike. Not very strenuous, but a constant gradual incline. Love this hike and would recommend.

hiking
Sun Jun 16 2019

Trail was clear and dry all the way through. Would love to come back in the fall because of all the aspens. Not stunning views at the top but a nice, quiet place to disconnect. Steady incline all the way up. One lane road in towards the parking that most cars can prob get to. Started just before 8am and only saw a few cars in the parking lot. Finished around 10:30 and there still weren’t many cars. I enjoyed this secluded area!

hiking
snow
Tue May 28 2019

A steady climb at the beginning to really work the legs and lungs right at the trailhead. Midway the trail breaks from the evergreens to a large aspen forest. Past this the snow still lingers. It’s the slushy spring stuff that crampons aren’t need for. Footprints end at the national forest sign just before the trail would split into a Y, and the snow is still above knee deep at this point.

Mon May 27 2019

The trail got 18" of snow on Tuesday, and there is still a lot of snow left a mile into the trail. Some 3 foot drifts, but should be clear in another week or two.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

Only a handful of snow patches remain on the trail. Snowshoes/crampons aren't needed. Trail slopes gently up through dense Pines, Aspens, and Firs. Every now and then you'll catch a glimpse of the mountains. There are some pretty decent campsites along the trail as well!

hiking
Mon May 13 2019

Beautiful trail, views are gorgeous. Snow is melting. Dogs loved it.

hiking
snow
Sun May 05 2019

There was quite a bit of snow starting about 2 miles in, and the trail became impossible to follow about a mile later. It may indeed have a “destination” as some are saying, but not having snowshoes, I didn’t make it there. Until then, it’s a great trail, and I imagine the parts with aspens are beautiful in the fall.

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 14 2019

Loved this trail, snowy but great. Beautiful views peaking through the trees.

hiking
Mon Dec 17 2018

A moderate hike without a lot of foot traffic. Only a couple switchbacks and the trail is well maintained. Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of views on this hike. There's a spot about halfway up that allows you to look south east into the hills. Even in mid December, there was no need for spikes on the shoes.

hiking
Sun Nov 18 2018

The trail continues longer, but 6.25 miles will get you to the wilderness boundary marker and a treed saddle. Very satisfying climb and well maintained trail, 3 hours round trip. The written directions to the trailhead are rather poor, but just follow a map and you'll be fine. There is a sign pointing to the trailhead past the Meridian Campground, when you make a left off of the pavement. The last one mile is bumpy but not so washboarded that a regular car couldn't make it with care. Loved it at this time of year - only passed one other couple of hikers, and that was on the way back. No footprints past the two-mile mark, yet the snow is not a deterrent at this time of year.

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