Arapahoe Basin Hiking Trails

Baker Mountain Trail (2 miles/ vertical 448 Ft.)

Baker Mountain with a steep but short hike straight uphill from the top of Loveland Pass is an easier summit to achieve than its neighbors Sniktau Mountain and Grizzly Peak. You start at 12,000 feet and only have to climb about 500 feet in the thin air. Although not as distinctive as its neighbors, it’s much easier to summit to climb.

 

To get here from Keystone: Take highway 6 east from Dillon to the Loveland Pass summit. Park on your right by the Continental Divide sign (elevation 11,990′) and take the steps up to the trail.

Grizzly Peak Trail (5 miles/ vertical 1637 ft.)

This mountain looks like a grizzly bear in comparison to the soft, round, teddy bear shapes of Sniktau and Baker mountains. It is a spectacular ridge walk and steep scramble at the end that is clearly worth the effort for the views. It requires a bit of a roller coaster climb since the ridge between Baker and Grizzly drops more than 150 feet and that altitude has to be regained going and coming. Although you can continue to Grays and Torrey Peaks from Grizzly, that would be a very long trek.

 

To get here from Keystone: Take highway 6 east from Dillon to the Loveland Pass summit. Park on your right by the Continental Divide sign (elevation 11,990′) and take the steps up to the trail.

Sniktau Mountain Trail (4 miles/ vertical 1300 Ft.)

This is a great hike for anyone that wants a true alpine experience but doesn’t have the time, or energy, to spend hours hiking to get above tree line. Although a relatively short hike, the trail gains about 1000′ in elevation in the first mile so this probably should not be the first thing you attempt if you’ve just arrived in Summit County from the plains! The first section of the trail is clearly visible as it ascends the spine of the ridge leading to the first summit.

 

To get here from Keystone: Take highway 6 east from Dillon to the Loveland Pass summit. Park on your right by the Continental Divide sign (elevation 11,990′) and take the steps up to the trail.

McCullough Gulch Trail (3.4 miles/ 1100 ft.)

One of my personal favorites, McCullough Gulch Trail has a waterfall. As you follow the path for nearly a mile, several stream crossings bring you close to the falls cascading down from the ledge up ahead. Many trails lead to various levels of the falls but they return to the main trail that can be followed up the fairly steep ledge to the alpine lake at the top. Here you can explore the lake or just enjoy the serenity of one of Summit County’s most idyllic settings.

 

To get here from Keystone: Take Swan Mountain Road off Highway 6 to Breckenridge; Proceed south on Route 9 for 7.6 miles to Blue Lakes Drive (#850). Turn right onto Blue Lakes drive and continue for about 100 yards to McCullough Gulch Rd.(#851). Turn right and continue for 2.2 miles, staying left at the y-junction, to the parking area at the trailhead.

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