Sharkstooth Pass Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews
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Sharkstooth Pass Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mancos, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1118 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

To access the trail head you must drive 4-5 miles on a moderately difficult 4-wheel drive road. Street vehicles likely cannot make it. Please only attempt this road in dry weather.

hiking
5 days ago

backpacking
28 days ago

I love this hike. Great views.

30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Fairly easy trail, given that elevation is quite high. In summer, hike early in the day due to lightning in the afternoon. Good wildflowers in July. Quite a few streams, short historic mine trail loops into trail. Great views. Biggest drawback is how far off the main roads it is. Really rough road the last mile or so.

2 months ago

I have been hiking this trail for 20 years. our family uses this trail as a warm up for our trips every year.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Road a little rough up to the trailhead. Steady incline with switchbacks but my wife whose had three back surgeries made it to the top. Great views but go early to avoid thunderstorms. A large cozy wind shelter at the top that is a great spot for a quick lunch.

3 months ago

Awesome hike! And very kid friendly. We took our 6 and 8 year old boys up. They loved it! Pretty gradual up and amazing views. We wanted to keep going but there was a storm moving in. Start early so you can beat the summer storms!

3 months ago

3 months ago

A fall favorite. Great Pine/Aspen views. Can continue down the other side of the pass, and continue on to Kennebec. Road to trailhead needs high clearance, can be done with an Outback

hiking
Friday, November 28, 2014

To access the trail head you must drive 4-5 miles on a moderately difficult 4-wheel drive road. Street vehicles likely cannot make it, and only attempt this road in dry weather. The hike begins at the parking area (room for about twenty vehicles). You first pass a rock fall area and then enter an alpine forest. The trail is basically uphill from the beginning and is a series of switchbacks primarily in the forest. As you approach the pass you will leave the tree line and traverse an alpine tundra region before gaining the pass itself. Be prepared for a lot of wind and brisk temperatures at the pass. The hike up is 3-4 hours at a leisurely pace allowing time for sight seeing, photography and rest stops. The return trip is quicker since it is all down hill.