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Backpacking Trips/Trails List

TIP: To find the trails below on the map above: (1) remember the trail name below; (2) click the "list" icon in the upper left corner of the map above; (3) an alphabetized list of markers with trail names will appear; (4) click the trail you want in that list; and (5) its marker will be expanded on the map.

Trip/Trail Name / Link to Description 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Arapaho Glacier Trail #905. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "Arapaho Glacier Trail 905 to Arapaho Pass Trail 904" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Arapaho Glacier Trail 905 to Arapaho Pass Trail 904" under "Non-Mechanized Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Arapaho Glacier Trail #905" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Arapaho Glacier Trail 905 to Arapaho Pass Trail 904" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
7.8 +2,700 Moderate
Arapaho Lakes Trail #818. (No line or number on USFS map.) ProTrails webpage. 1.35 + approach   Moderate to Strenuous
Arapaho Pass Trail #904. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trail Map/Description Sheet (1).
See chapter "23. Arapaho Pass and Caribou Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "1. Arapaho Pass and Caribou Pass" in  Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Boulder Hikes.
See description "Arapaho Pass Trail 904 to Monarch Lake" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Arapaho Pass Trail 904 to Monarch Lake" under "Non-Mechanized Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Arapaho Pass Trail 904 to Monarch Lake" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
3.3 +1,806 Moderate
Baptiste Trail #815. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach    
Beaver Creek Trail #911. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "Beaver Creek Trail #911" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
6.9 +1,600 Moderate
Beaver Reservoir Cutoff Trail #835. (Also known as #851. No line or number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. 0.5 +200 Easy
Brainard Lake Recreation Area Trail System. (US Forest Service.) See Beaver Creek Trail #911 and Pawnee Pass Trail #907. USFS webpage.      
Bright Trail #921. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.7 -1,380 Moderate to Strenuous
Buchanan Pass Trail #910 / #910.1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "15 Timberline Falls at Camp Dick" in FalconGuides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail to Coney Creek Rd 507 Loop" under "Boulder County" on Latitude 40 Degrees Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail 910 to Monarch Lake via Cascade Creek Trail 1" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail to Coney Creek Rd 507 Loop" under "Multi-Use Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail 910 to Monarch Lake via Cascade Creek Trail 1" under "Non-Mechanized Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail #910" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Buchanan Pass Trail 910 to Monarch Lake via Cascade Creek Trail 1" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
9.1 +3,237 Moderate to Strenuous
Ceran Saint Vrain Trail #801. (Line but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "16. Ceran St. Vrain Trail" in Falcon Guide Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
See description "Ceran St. Vrain Trail 801 to Miller Rock" under "Boulder County" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Ceran St. Vrain Trail 801 to Miller Rock" under "Multi-Use Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Ceran St. Vrain Trail 801 to Miller Rock" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
1.9 -300 Easy
Coney Creek Trail #914. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.2 + approach +1,400 Moderate
Continental Divide Trail -- Rollins Pass to James Peak. USFS webpage. 6.5 +1,624  
Crater Lakes Trail #819. (Not on USFS map.) USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach +1,389 Moderate
Devil's Thumb Multi-Trail Loop. Full route description: ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (N). Route uses the following four trails: Devil's Thumb Bypass & Devil's Thumb Trail #902 (USFS webpage); High Lonesome 3 Trail #7.3 (AKA #7, west of Continental Divide, USFS webpage); King Lake Trail #901 (USFS webpage).
ORIC FAVORITE
14.65 loop +3,020 Moderate to Strenuous
Devils Thumb Trail #902 / Devils Thumb Bypass Trail #902.1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "19 - Devils Thumb Lake" in Altitude Publishing's book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See description "Devils Thumb Trail #902 -- Hessie Trailhead" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Devil's Thumb Pass Trail 902" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
6.5 +2,775 Moderate
Diamond Lake Trail #975. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "18 -- Diamond Lake" in Altitude Publishing's book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See chapter "27. Diamond Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "6. Diamond Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Boulder Hikes.
See description "Diamond Lake Trail 975" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Diamond Lake Trail 975" under "Non-Mechanized Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
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ee description "Diamond Lake Trail #975" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Diamond Lake Trail 975" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
2.6 + approach +1,300 Moderate
Dry Saint Vrain Trail #920. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.5 -840 Easy
Forest Lakes Trail #809. USFS webpage. ORIC Trail Map/Description Sheet (13).
See description "Forest Lakes Trail via East Portal" under "Gilpin County" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Forest Lakes Trail #809" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
2.8 + approach +1,645 Moderate
Forsythe Canyon Trail #852. USFS webpage.
See description "Forsythe Canyon Trail #852" under "West Map (Nederland) Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Boulder / Nederland.
1.0 -400  
Front Range Trail System (US Forest Service) / Reynolds Ranch (Boulder County Parks & Open Space). Trails #853, #606.1D, #606.1E, Boy Scout Trails, Dot Trail System. USFS webpage.      
James Peak Lake Trail #804. (Line but no number on USFS map.) USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.1 -388 Moderate
King Lake Trail #901. Side trip to Betty and Bob Lakes via Trail #810. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "King Lake Trail 901" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "King Lake Trail 901" under "Multi-Use Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Kings Lake Trail #901 to Betty & Bob Lakes Trail #810" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "King Lake Trail 901" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.7 +2,650 Moderate
Lost Lake Trail #813. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "Lost Lake Trail #913" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Lost Lake Trail 813" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
0.3 + approach +200 Moderate
Pawnee & Buchanan Passes Multi-Trail Loop. Full route description: ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (V). Route uses the following five trails: Pawnee Pass Trail #907 (USFS webpage); Cascade Creek Trail #1 (west of Continental Divide, USFS webpage); Buchanan Pass Trail #2 (west of Continental Divide, USFS webpage); Buchanan Pass Trail #910 (east of Continental Divide, USFS webpage); Beaver Creek Trail #911 (USFS webpage).
ORIC FAVORITE
26.07 loop +6,822 Strenuous
Pawnee Pass Trail #907. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trail Map/Description Sheet (23).
See chapter "35. Pawnee Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "17. Pawnee Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Boulder Hikes.
See description "Pawnee Pass Trail 907 to Pawnee Lake via Brainard Lake" under "Indian Peaks Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Pawnee Pass Trail 907 to Pawnee Lake via Brainard Lake" under "Multi-Use Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Pawnee Pass Trail #907 & TR #1" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Pawnee Pass Trail 907 to Pawnee Lake via Brainard Lake" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
4.6 +2,041 Moderate to Strenuous
Rainbow Lakes Trail #918. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
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ee description "Rainbow Lakes Trail 910" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
1.2 +250 Easy
Red Deer Lake Trail #824. (Line but no number on USFS map.)      
Saint Vrain Glacier Trail #917. USFS webpage.
See chapter "16 -- Gibraltar Lake" in Altitude Publishing's book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
See description "St Vrain Glacier Trail #917" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
8.1 +2,600  
Saint Vrain Mountain Trail #915. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "31. Meadow Mountain and St. Vrain Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "11. Meadow Mountain and St. Vrain Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Boulder Hikes.
See description "St Vrain Mtn Trail #915" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
6.5 +3,262 Moderate to Strenuous
Sourdough Trail #835. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "Sourdough Trail 835 from CR 116 to Brainard Lake Road 102" under "Boulder County" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Sourdough Trail 835 from CR 116 to Brainard Lake Road 102" under "Multi-Use Trails" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder County Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "Sourdough Trail #835" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Sourdough Trail #835" under "West Map (Nederland) Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Boulder / Nederland.
See description "Sourdough Trail 835 from CR 116 to Brainard Lake Drive" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
14.7 +880 Easy to Moderate
South Boulder Creek Trail #900. USFS webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (Y)
See chapter "30. Heart Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "19. Heart Lake" in Falcon Guide Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
See chapter "10. Heart Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Boulder Hikes.
See description "South Boulder Creek Trail 900 to Rogers Pass via East Portal" under "Gilpin County" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
See description "South Boulder Creek Trail #900" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness. 
ORIC FAVORITE 
4.2 +2,660 Moderate
South Saint Vrain Trail #909. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "South Saint Vrain Trail #909" under "West Map (Nederland) Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Boulder / Nederland.
5.9 +1,700 Easy to Moderate
Ute Trail #803. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.5 + approach +1,215 Moderate
Wapiti Trail #816. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach
Woodland Lake Trail #811. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See description "Woodland Lake Trail #811" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Southern Rocky Mountain National Park / Indian Peaks Wilderness.
See description "Woodland Lake Trail 811" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Boulder / Nederland Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
2.3 + approach +2,221 Moderate

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