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Swampy Pass Trail is a 10.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gunnison, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until August.

Length 10.9 mi Elevation gain 1,738 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Lost Lake Campground: Hike over Beckwith pass to Lowline Trail, 438, to the junction with Swampy Pass Trail.

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Carol K.
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HikingGreat!

This trail is stunning. Beautiful aspens and great views of the "Castle" near the beginning and again about an hour up the trail (which also makes a good turn-around point for a moderate hike). I was not aware that mud or horses could be an issue, but I did not have either. Also no people -- I saw two others during a 2.5 hr hike. There was a group with horses in the parking area, but they must have taken a different trail.

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Danielle Daume
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We only walked out about 0.3 miles to a nice viewpoint of the Ohio Creek Valley and the Castles rock formation. We turned around here and came back as we were just driving Ohio Creek road and wanting an easy walk. Lots of horses had been in the trail.

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Ashley Hale
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Don’t get lost!

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Beth Wyman
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This is a beautiful trail. Yes, it is muddy from the horse traffic, but well worth it. Bring an old pair of hiking boots and embrace the muck. Because it gets so much rain, the wildflowers are tall and plentiful. The aspen forest is full of huge trees and there is a lake that is completely covered with grass. There are excellent views of the Castles at the beginning and equally impressive views of the Anthricites as you continue up the trail. Fall is a wonderful time to do this hike. The Castles in the fall are breathtaking, and this trail offers the best views of it and it is drier. Once you hike up the steep hill at the trailhead, the trail mellows out into a much more gradual ascent.

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Robin Oscar
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Avoid this trail if hiking or mountain biking! Horse riders have essentially turned this into one long muddy/horse-crap filled slog.

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Jared Rize
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sam neff
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Kyle Tevault
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katie walters
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