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James Peak Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,860 Feet (3697.0 Meters) at Roger's Pass
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,434 Feet (447.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 13,294 Feet (4144.0 Meters) at James Peak
Length, One-way: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers) from Roger's Pass
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #103, Winter Park, Central City, Rollins Pass
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: East Portal; Empire

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

The James Peak Trail begins at Roger's Pass, which is accessed from the Roger's Pass Trail. From Roger's Pass it climbs to 13,294 feet James Peak. The last 1/2 mile of the peak has no actual trail.

This trail is above timberline. It provides views of both sides of the Continental Divide.

Directions from Winter Park: Follow the directions to the Roger's Pass Trail: Go southeast of Highway 40 to the Rollin's Pass Road (County Road 80/Forest Road 149) just across from the Winter Park Ski Area. Drive up the road about 11 miles toward Rollin's Pass to the first trestle, the rifle sight notch. Follow Trail #1495A (an old 4x4 road) directly across the road from the trestle, heading south. From Roger's Pass summit, follow the trail that goes south-southwest. The trail parallels the ridge on the west side. The last 1/2 mile to the peak has no trail.

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

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Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Trail disappears once you leave the ridgeline. Head straight up the steep rockfield to get to the top. Don't do what we did: climb down the other side thinking that trail went around the back side of James. It doesn't. We had to climb back up the peak and down the other side to get back to Riflesight Notch.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Roger's Pass Trail, James Peak Trail and connecting trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Roger's Pass Trail, James Peak Trail and connecting trails.
ICON Viewing Scenery James Peak Trail

Related Activities
Rogers Pass Trail - Roger's Pass Trail is a relatively short trail located southeast of Winter Park. It leads from the Rollin's Pass Road to Roger's Pass.

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