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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

Quick Facts

Caribou Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,080 Feet (3142.1 Meters)
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,826 Feet (569.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,906 Feet (3711.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 4.4 Miles (7.33 Kilometers)
TI Topo Maps: #102, Indian Peaks, Gold Hill

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The Caribou Pass Trail begins at the Junco Lake Trailhead. The trail is common with the Columbine Lake Trail for the first 1.7 miles and then forks off. The trail features meadows with nice wildflowers in late July, and offers spectacular views.

The Caribou Pass Trail between Caribou Pass and Lake Dorothy on the Eastern Slope is in hazardous condition. It is recommended that this part of the trail not be used.

Much of this trail is located within the Indian Peaks Wilderness - regulations apply. A permit is required for overnight users between June 1 and September 15.

Directions from Granby: Travel southeast on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 84. Travel northeast for 6 miles to Forest Road 129, then east 6 miles to the Junco Lake Trailhead.

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 Caribou Pass Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Caribou Pass Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Caribou Pass Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Caribou Pass Trail

Related Activities
Columbine Lake Trail - The Columbine Lake Trail #11, is located northeast of Fraser. It begins at the Junco Lake Trailhead, near Meadow Creek Reservoir, and leads to Columbine Lake.

More Information

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