DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
813 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

This is a great “triangle loop” trail across a prairie field, over a mountain pass, then along a portion of the Howard Eaton Trail through the fascinating Hoodoos. From Glen Creek trailhead, first segment along Fawn Pass Trail features terrific mountain scenery. Bear right at first trail junction to head up to Snow Pass (not terribly steep), then down (long, steep descent). You DO NOT want to attempt this route counterclockwise – this long, steady climb would be a killer! At junction with Howard Eaton Trail, turn right to head through a section featuring lovely mountain scenery, with Bunsen Peak looming ahead. Hiking through the Hoodoos is a truly unique experience, walking among the jumble of huge boulders from the nearby cliff. After leaving the Hoodoos, trail narrows and climbs gradually along mountainside until topping out near Golden Gate. (Highway is visible below through much of this segment.) From the windy highpoint, trail winds leisurely through pretty forest back to junction near highway. This was a thoroughly enjoyable hike with lots of variety! Carry (and drink) plenty of water, make lots of noise (“Hey, bear – comin’ through!”) and ALWAYS carry bear spray.