Swampy Pass Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
#40 of 73 trails in

Swampy Pass Trail is a 11.1 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.

DISTANCE
11.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

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wild flowers

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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