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Montezuma Hiking Trails

Explore all the trails in Summit County!

RESERVE LODGING

Chihuahua Gulch and Lake Trail (6.1 miles/ vertical 1800 ft.)

with a name like Chihuahua Gulch, how can a dog lover not hike it or a dog not explore it? Begin hiking on the old mining road that climbs steeply as it passes through groves of aspen. At a fork, bear left, enter a meadow, and make the first creek ford, then follow the road and the creek through a large meadow that has two more stream crossings. Several small ponds are on the right (east). You may want to stop here to rest or for lunch. From here, the old mining road begins to climb in earnest. This is a great hike in July through early September, preferably in September to enjoy the foliage. Be warned, it gets very steep in certain parts.

 

To get here from Keystone: To get to the trail head; take Montezuma Road (off Highway near River Run Village) east. Follow this down and take a left turn onto CO Rd. 260, follow this just passed the turn (about 2-3 miles) onto CO Rd. 263. Parking for the trail head is just off of 260 or 263. Park along the road and enjoy the area.

Revenue Mountain (3.8 miles/ 2039 ft.)

While the initial ascent can be difficult, it is well worth it once you reach the top. You have spectacular views of the mountain and its valleys as well as numerous tundra and talus areas. Easy ridge walking from this peak leads to other close-by summits for extra credit. The trail is initially 1.0 mile, with tundra and talus beyond.

 

To get here from Keystone: To get to the trail head; take Montezuma Road (off Highway near River Run Village) east. Follow this down and take a left turn onto CO Rd. 260, follow this passed the turn CO Rd. 263. Follow this down a ways to find the trail head. Parking for the trail head is just off of 260. Park along the road and enjoy the area.

Shelf Lake (5.8 miles/ vertical 2552 ft.)

One of Colorado’s nice surprises, this lightly used trail is ideal for those who enjoy hiking along briskly flowing creeks. The Colorado Mountains are full of nice surprises. Here is a fine trail to a lovely high lake, which is relatively unknown. The views become inspiring as you arrive at timberline at the head of the gulch. Argentine Peak looms impressively to the north-northeast of the lake, as does Square Top Mountain to the east-northeast. Decatur Mountain lies above and west of the lake. Mountain goats patrol the heights behind the lake, part of a expanding band that roams the Divide between Square Top Mountain and Loveland Pass. By July, there is a beautiful, midsummer display of wildflowers along the final stretch of the trail. Fishing at the lake is rated as good for cutthroat trout. Return in the fall, when the entire Geneva Creek valley puts on its best colors.

 

To get here from Keystone: To get to the trail head; take Montezuma Road (off Highway near River Run Village) east. Follow this down and take a left turn onto CO Rd. 260, follow this passed the turn CO Rd. 263. Follow this down a ways to find the trail head. Parking for the trail head is just off of 260. Park along the road and enjoy the area.

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