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Quick Facts

Keyser Ridge Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,600 Feet (3616.0 Meters) at jct. of Lake Evelyn and Kinney Creek Trails
Length, One-way: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest
TI Topo Maps: #103 Winter Park, Central City, Rollins Pass; #107 Green Mtn Reservoir, Ute Pass
Trail Number: 14
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Byers Peak




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General Description

A high-clearance vehicle is needed to access the Keyser Ridge Trailhead. The Keyser Ridge Trail begins on an old logging road which continues for slightly over one mile along the ridge top. The trail drops slightly from the ridge and becomes a single track. The hiker now enters a wooded area, however, some openings occur where logging took place in the past. There is one short, steep section, but soon the hiker emerges out onto the ridgeline where the trail grades become moderate again. The Byers Peak Wilderness Area begins here where the trail reaches this narrow ridgeline. The trail continues along the side of the ridge until a saddle is reached overlooking Lake Evelyn.

The Keyser Ridge Trail enables the hiker to start their journey from a high elevation point. The ridge can be quickly reached, offering panoramic views. The ridge is quite exposed after reaching the wilderness boundary. Keyser Ridge Trail eventually ascends out of timberline near the saddle overlooking Lake Evelyn. Here the traveler has many choices of routes to follow. Travelers can descend down Kinney Creek Trail, #22, follow the St. Louis Divide Trail to descend down Keyser Creek headwaters, or lastly, continue southward on the St. Louis Divide Trail.

Directions from Granby: Travel west on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 3/Forest Road 139. Travel south on Road 3/139 approximately 17 miles, passing Williams Fork Reservoir. continue on Road 139 approximately 1 mile beyond the fork with Road 138. Turn south on Forest Road 140 and continue about 8 miles to the Keyser Ridge Trailhead parking. Note: a high clearance vehicle is needed to travel Road 140.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Keyser Ridge, St. Louis Divide, and Lake Evelyn trails
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Lake Evelyn
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Keyser Ridge, St. Louis Divide, and Lake Evelyn trails
ICON Horseback Riding Keyser Ridge, St. Louis Divide, and Lake Evelyn trails
Yes



Related Activities
Horseshoe Campground - Horseshoe Campground is a small campground located southwest of Granby in the Williams Fork area at an elevation of 8,450 feet.

Kinney Creek Trail - The Kinney Creek Trail, #22, is located south of Granby, in the Williams Fork area. It leads up Kinney Creek to intersect the St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail, #17.

Lake Evelyn Trail - The Lake Evelyn Trail is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork area. It leads from Keyser Creek to Lake Evelyn.

St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail - The St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork general area. It leads from the Bottle Pass Trail, southeast to Jones Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce, 78841 Hwy 40 , Winter Park, CO, 80482, Phone: 800-903-7275, Fax: 970-726-9449, www.winterpark-info.com

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