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Quick Facts

Searle Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,800 Feet (3366.6 Meters) approximate
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters) approximate
Ending Elevation: 12,300 Feet (3834.2 Meters) approximate
Length: 3.0 Miles (4.8 Kilometers)
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Copper Mountain




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General Description

Searle Pass is located south of Copper Mountain. Searle Pass provides access into the beautiful and little used back country area between Vail and Fremont Pass. It is an easy walk up a 4 WD road for one mile, following Searle Gulch. After this point, however, the hiking becomes more difficult as the road ends and you must find your own route through the willow thickets to the summit of Searle Pass (12,200'). An outstanding view of the Gore Range to the north, and the Tenmile Range to the southeast, rewards the hiker at the top.

Directions from Silverthorne: Travel west on I-70 to the Copper Mountain/Leadville exit (#195). Follow Highway 91 south, 3.7 miles past Copper Mountain Ski Area. Turn right onto the paved public access road. Continue 1 miles then take the right fork onto the gravel road and continue 3.3 miles to the signed trailhead.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 19 miles east to the Copper Mountain Exit, (#195) and turn toward Copper Mountain. Follow Highway 91 south, 3.7 miles past Copper Mountain Ski Area. Turn right onto the paved public access road. Continue 1 miles then take the right fork onto the gravel road and continue 3.3 miles to the signed trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow I-70 28 miles east to the Copper Mountain Exit, (#195) and turn toward Copper Mountain. Follow Highway 91 south, 3.7 miles past Copper Mountain Ski Area. Turn right onto the paved public access road. Continue 1 miles then take the right fork onto the gravel road and continue 3.3 miles to the signed trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:14:00.0


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Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Amax appears to have closed the old route 91 access road to Searle Gulch. There is now a locked gate with nasty NO TRESPASSING signs.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Searle Pass
ICON Hiking & Walking Searle Pass
Yes



Related Activities
Tenmile Creek General Forest Area - The Tenmile Creek General Forest Area includes Tenmile Canyon, the east side of Vail Pass, the south end of the Eagle's Nest Wilderness, and the Copper Mountain area.



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Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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