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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 / Links to Description 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Abyss Lake Trail #602. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listings.
See chapter "2. Abyss Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "1. Abyss Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See description "Abyss Lake Trail 602" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
8.8 3,000 Strenuous
Bard Creek Trail #83. USFS webpage. 10.0 +600  
Beartrack Lakes. Full route description: ORIC trip map/description sheet (A). Route uses the following two trails: Beaver Meadows Trail #44 (USFS webpage); Beartrack Lakes Trail #43 (USFS webpage).
ORIC FAVORITE
11.11 loop +2,393 Moderate
Beaver Meadows Trail #44. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (3).
ORIC FAVORITE
8.78 loop +2,016 Easy to Moderate
Ben Tyler Trail #606. Nice, close-in, overnight backpacking location.This trail climbs, but the lower section should be accessible by Memorial Day weekend. USFS webpage. USFS map. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (4).
See chapter "7. Ben Tyler Trail to Kenosha Ridge" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "4. Ben Tyler Trail to Kenosha Ridge" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
ORIC FAVORITE
5.89 +3,387 Moderate to Strenuous
Brookside-McCurdy Trail #607. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 32.6 +4,320  
Buffalo Creek Recreation Area trail system. This is a good place to get in some spring hiking, biking and camping. Call the USFS South Platte Ranger District for trail updates. USFS brochure/map. USFS Shinglemill Trailhead (trail #725) webpage. USFS Miller Gulch Trailhead (trail #726) webpage. USFS Buck Gulch Trailhead (trail #772) webpage. USFS Gashouse Trailhead (trail #726) webpage. USFS Baldy Trailhead (trail #727) webpage. USFS Buffalo Trailhead (Colorado Trail #1776) webpage. USFS Little Scraggy Trailhead webpage.      
Burning Bear Trail #601. USFS trailhead webpage. ORIC trail map/description sheet (5).
ORIC FAVORITE
5.25 +1,155 Easy to Moderate
Butler Gulch Trail. (Not on USFS map.) USFS webpage. Clear Creek County 365 snowshoeing webpage. 2.5 +1,500  
Captain Mountain Trail #46. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 7.0 +1,550  
Carpenter Peak. ORIC trail map/description sheet (6).
See chapter "9. Carpenter Peak" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "6. Carpenter Peak" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
ORIC FAVORITE
2.36 +973 Moderate to Strenuous
Chicago Lakes Trail #52. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (7).
See chapter "12. Chicago Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "7. Chicago Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See description "Chicago Lakes Trail 52" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
ORIC FAVORITE
4.24 +1,198 Moderate
Colorado Mines Peak. ORIC trail map/description sheet (9).
See chapter "17. Mount Flora, Colorado Mines Peak, and Mount Eva" in Colorado Mountain Club's Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "11. Mount Flora, Colorado Mines Peak, and Mount Eva" in Colorado Mountain Club's The Best Front Range Hikes.
ORIC FAVORITE
1.4 +1,187 Easy
Colorado Trail #1776 -- Segment 1. West from Waterton Canyon Trailhead to South Platte Canyon.
See chapter in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
16.8 +2,830  
Colorado Trail #1776 -- Segment 2. West from South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy Trailhead.
See chapter in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
11.5 +2,482  
Colorado Trail #1776 -- Segment 3. West from Little Scraggy Trailhead to FS Rd 560 (Wellington Lake Road) Trailhead. USFS trailhead (referred to as "Buffalo Trailhead") webpage.
See chapter in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
12.2 +1,975  
Colorado Trail #1776 -- Segment 4. West from FS Rd 560 (Wellington Lake Road) Trailhead to Long Gulch. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. Side trip to Craig Meadows: ORIC trip map/description sheet (G).
See chapter in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Colorado Trail.
16.6 +3271  
Colorado Trail #1776 -- Segments 5 and 6. East and west from Kenosha Pass. The trailhead is right on the border between ORIC's Denver Region and its South Park Region with the trail segments being in the South Park Region. For trail listings see our "South Park Region Day Hiking Trails Index" webpage.
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail #79. North from Berthoud Pass to James Peak. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. South from Berthoud Pass to Herman Gulch. Includes Mount Nystrom Trail #13, Trail #96, and Herman Gulch Trail #98. USFS trailhead webpage.      
Craig Meadows. Full route description: ORIC trip map/description sheet (K). Route uses the following two trails: Brookside-McCurdy Trail #607 (USFS webpage); Payne Creek Trail #637 (USFS webpage).
ORIC FAVORITE
7.18 +2,118 Moderate to Strenuous
Craig Park Trail #608. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listings. 6.0 + approach -160 Easy
Cub Creek Trail #40. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See description "Cub Creek Trail 40" under "Lookout Mountain -- Golden Area" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
4.5 +2,030  
Devil's Head Fire Lookout Trail #611. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS lookout tower webpage. ORIC trail map/description sheet (12).
ORIC FAVORITE
1.4 +948 Moderate
Gill Trail #610. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS Cheesman Canyon Trailhead webpage.      
Golden Gate Canyon State Park trail system. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) Four backcountry shelters and 20 backcountry tent sites. Backcountry permits are required and can be obtained at the visitor center. CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map. CP&W backcountry camping brochure.
See chapter "18. Golden Gate Canyon State Park -- Raccoon Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "38. Golden Gate State Park" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
See five trail descriptions under "Golden Gate Canyon State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
     
Goose Creek Loop. Full route description: ORIC trip map/description sheet (Q). Route uses the following four trails: Hankins Pass Trail #630; Goose Creek Trail #612 (USFS trailhead webpage); McCurdy Park Trail #628; Lake Park Trail #639.
See chapter "21 - Lost Creek Wilderness Loop" in Altitude Publishing book The Best Hikes of Colorado.
ORIC FAVORITE
19.54 +1,526 Moderate to Strenuous
Goose Creek Trail #612. USFS trailhead webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 9.4 +1,920  
Grays Peak National Recreation Trail #54. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. Virtual Dillon Ranger District map.
See chapter "22. Torreys Peak via the Kelso Ridge" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "14. Torreys Peak via the Kelso Ridge" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "53. Grays and Torreys Peaks" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
See chapter "10 Clear Creek and Summit Counties: Grays Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See description "Grays Peak National Recreation Trail to Torreys Peak" under "Idaho Springs -- Georgetown Area" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.0 +3,070  
Hankins Pass Trail #630. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.      
Harmonica Arch. It's a few miles from the Goose Creek trailhead above. ORIC trail map/description sheet (37).
ORIC FAVORITE
2.4 +1,061 Easy
Hell's Hole Trail #53. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (17).
See description "Hells Hole Trail 53" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
ORIC FAVORITE
4.13 +1,908 Moderate to Strenuous
Henderson Spur Trail. To Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Connects to Mount Nystron Trail #13 and Vasquez Pass Trail #101 both described on "Granby Region Day Hiking Trail Index" USFS trailhead webpage. Longs to Pikes: High Routes of the Colorado Front Range webpage. 1.56    
Herman Gulch to Herman Lake Trail #98. Continuation to Pettingell Peak. (Section of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.) USFS webpage. ORIC trail map/description sheet (18).
See chapter "19. Herman Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "12. Herman Lake" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "12 Grand County: Pettingell Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
ORIC FAVORITE
3.34 +1,688 Moderate to Strenuous
Indian Creek Trail #41 / #41.1. (Also known as #40.) Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 3.4 + approach +420 Moderate
Indian Creek Trail #800. USFS trailhead webpage. EveryTrail.com webpage.
Lake Park Trail #639. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 4.6 + approach +1,560 Strenuous
Lincoln Lakes Trail #45. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 0.5 + approach +240 Easy
Lost Creek Trail #42. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See description "Lost Creek Trail 42" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.1 +2,230  
Lost Creek Wilderness Trail System. USFS trail descriptions. USFS trail map.      
McCurdy Park Trail #628. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 7.3 + approach +1,480 Strenuous
Meridian Trail #604. USFS trailhead webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 3.3 +1,650  
Mount Bierstadt Trail #711. USFS trail webpage. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS Gunella Pass webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See chapter "52. Mount Bierstadt" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
3.5 +2,850  
Mount Evans Wilderness Trail System. USFS trail descriptions. USFS trail map. MountEvans.com trail information. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See chapter "30. The Tour d'Abyss: Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "22. The Tour d'Abyss: Mount Bierstadt and Mount Evans" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
     
Payne Creek Trail #637. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 9.8 + approach +1,850  
Resthouse Meadows Trail #57 to Lincoln Lake. USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (27).
ORIC FAVORITE
5.29 +1,756 Easy to Moderate
Reynolds Park Trail System. (Jefferson County Parks.) JCP trails webpage. JCP trails map.
See chapter "48. Reynolds Park Open Space" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
     
Rolling Creek Trail #663. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS map. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See chapter "8 Jefferson County: Buffalo Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
6.4 +2,290  
Roosevelt Lakes Trail #56. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 2.2 + approach +950 Moderate
Rosalie Trail #603 (from east). Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (28).
See description "Rosalie Trail 603" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
ORIC FAVORITE
5.23 +2,121 Easy to Moderate
Rosalie Trail #603 (from west). USFS webpage. USFS Bierstadt Trailhead webpage. USFS Gunella Pass Trailhead webpage. USFS Gunella Pass webpageFriends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See description "Rosalie Trail 603" under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
13.4 +130  
Roxborough State Park Trail System. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map.
See chapter "7 Fountain Valley and South Rim Trails" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Shelf Lake Trail #634. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS map. ORIC trail map/description sheet (30).
ORIC FAVORITE
2.76 +1,835 Moderate to Strenuous
Silver Dollar Lake Trail #79. USFS webpage. 1.5 +1,000  
South Chicago Creek Trail #90. (#88 on USFS map.) USFS webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (31).
ORIC FAVORITE
1.43 +1,167 Moderate
South Park / Square Top Lakes Trail #600. USFS Gunella Pass Trailhead webpage. USFS Gunella Pass webpage. ORIC trail map/description sheet (32).
See chapter "29. Square Top Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "21. Square Top Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
ORIC FAVORITE
1.85 to lakes +598 Moderate
Stevens Gulch Trail #619. Trails.com webpage.      
Summit Lake/Flats Trail #82. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. 4.3 -2,350 Moderate
Tanglewood Creek Trail #636 to Rosalie Peak. USFS webpage. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS map. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (33).
See chapter "26. Pegmatite Points" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "18. Pegmatite Points" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "27. Rosalie Peak" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "19. Rosalie Peak" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
ORIC FAVORITE
4.57 +4,271 Strenuous to Challenging
Three Mile Creek Trail #635. MountEvans.com hike information. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing.
See description "Threemile Creek Trail 635 to Rosalie Trail 603 jct." under "Mount Evans Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
6.5 +2,780  
Trail #605. No information available.      
Tramway Trail #723. Part of Buffalo Creek Recreation Area Trail System. (Not on USFS forest map.) USFS webpage.      
Watrous Gulch Trail #95. USFS webpage.
See chapter "25. Mount Parnassus and Woods Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Denver Hikes.
See chapter "17. Mount Parnassus and Woods Mountain" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
2.0 +1,500  
White Ranch Park trail system. (Jefferson County Parks.) 4,391 acres and 20 miles of trails. Sawmill Hikers Campground: backcountry campsites, picnic tables and restrooms. Call 303-271-5925 to obtain a free use camping permit. JCP trails webpage. JCP trails map.
See chapter "39. White Ranch Open Space" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
     
Wigwam Trail #609 to Wigwam Park. Good hiking and backpacking trail usually accessible by Memorial Day weekend and quite possibly sooner. The trail parallels Wigwam Creek on its way to Wigwam Park and a series of beaver ponds. USFS trailhead webpage. Friends of Mount Evans & Lost Creek Wilderness trail listing. ORIC trail map/description sheet (35).
See chapter "8 Jefferson County: Buffalo Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
ORIC FAVORITE
3.2 +1,489 Moderate

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