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St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters) at Bottle Pass trail junction
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,650 Feet (514.3 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 12,450 Feet (3880.9 Meters) at Jones Pass
TI Topo Maps: #103 Winter Park, Central City, Rollins Pass; #107 Green Mtn Reservoir, Ute Pass
Trail Number: 17
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Ute Peak, Byers Peak

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General Description

ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS: The St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail, #17, begins about one mile up the Bottle Pass trail. After forking from the Bottle Pass Trail, the St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail follows upper Keyser Creek to just below the creeks head lakes. At this point the trail begins to climb up on the divide where the trail follows the open alpine ridge to Jones Pass. The majority of the trail is moderate with occasional difficult steep sections.

NARRATIVE: This trail is mostly a moderate hike which allows access to the alpine ridge without an extremely difficult hike. The trail takes off of the Bottle Pass Trail and follows Keyser Creek toward its headwaters. The trail then begins climbing the ridge toward timberline. After 2 1/2 miles the trail meets the junction with the Kinney Creek Trail #22, above the Lake Evelyn Trail, #15.

Once above timberline, the trail follows the ridge to the south. The trail is not maintained and although at times there is no defined trail to follow, it basically follows the top or along the side of the ridge. Trail users should have no difficulty following the ridge.

The ridge top offers excellent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Trails linking with the St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail along the ridge include Darling Creek, St. Louis, and Jones Pass trails. The last two miles of the trail follow the Continental Divide. Once Jones Pass is reached, access is on either the east or west side of the divide.

Directions from Granby: Travel west on Highway 40 approximately 14 miles to County Road 3/Forest Road 139. Travel south on Road 3/139 a total of about 22 miles, ( about 5 miles up Keyser Creek) to Forest Road 136. Go right on 136 and follow about 2 1/2 miles to the Lake Evelyn Trailhead. Hike the Bottle Pass Trail to the St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass Trail.

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 St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass and connecting trails
ICON Cold Water Fishing area lakes and streams
ICON Hiking & Walking St. Louis Divide-Jones Pass and connecting trails
ICON Viewing Scenery beautiful views from the ridge

Related Activities
Darling Creek Trail - The Darling Creek Trail is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork area. It leads from the Williams Fork River near the Sugarloaf Campground to the St. Louis Peak-Jones Pass Trail.

Keyser Ridge Trail - The Keyser Ridge Trail, #14, is located south of Granby in the Williams Fork area. It leads from Forest Road 140, along Keyser Ridge, linking with the Kinney Creek, Lake Evelyn, and St. Louis Divide trails.

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.

Zoom Loop Mountain Bike Trail - This mountain bike loop trail is located to the southwest of Fraser. It offers a mixture of roads and singletrack.

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