Arapahoe and Loveland Area Trails

Loveland Pass West Trail

MODERATE, 3 Miles Round Trip, Elevation Gain Est 500’

This trail runs along the continental divide showing you views of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Don’t forget to take your picture with the iconic Loveland Pass marker before you begin. The trails allows you to experience the view without the long hike up. For all around mountain grandeur and easy acess, this hike is hard to beat. The steps will lead to a ridge that follows the Continental Divide as it ascends to a high point of about 12,500' to the northwest. As you proceed along the ridge, the trail divides - you can take either fork but if the snow cover is deep you may want to stay to the left and keep on the higher ground as you follow the ridge line.

As you experience the exhilaration of hiking above the tree line, you will be thrilled by awesome views in every direction. Look for Arapahoe Ski area off to the south and Loveland Ski area to the west. To the northeast, you'll see Mt. Sniktau which can be reached via the trail that ascends from the parking lot below.

After about a mile and a half, you'll encounter a short rock scramble that leads to a wind shelter that marks the highest point of the Divide. This is a great place to enjoy lunch and the views. When finished you can complete a loop by gradually descending east and continuing back to your starting point.

The unparalleled views and the crisp mountain air are sure to turn any first-timer into a repeat visitor and outdoor enthusiast.

Be sure to be prepared for high winds as you hike the divide - it is a rare day to find calm at Loveland Pass!

Directions From Keystone: The trailhead is located at the Summit of Loveland Pass. Drive east on Hwy 6 for approximately 9.8 miles. Park on either side of the road in the designated parking areas. The trailhead is on the west side of Hwy 6.

Mt. Snikitau

Overview: MODERATE, Elevation Gain 1000’

This is a great hike for anyone that wants a true alpine experience but doesn't have the time, or energy, to spend hours hiking to get above tree line. Although a relatively short hike, the trail gains about 1000' in elevation in the first mile so this probably should not be the first thing you attempt if you've just arrived in Summit County from the plains!

The first section of the trail is clearly visible as it ascends the spine of the ridge leading to the first summit. Here you will find huge cairns that serve as wind forts so you may pause and derive some satisfaction knowing that most of your elevation gain is behind you.

At this first summit you will turn left (north) and overtake two more summits before the final one comes into view. These are pleasant rock scrambles that lead to the final, somewhat steeper summit. Everywhere you look spectacular views abound: be sure to spot Gray's and Torrey's off to the southeast, or turn around for a bird’s eye view of Eisenhower Tunnel!

Be sure to be prepared for high winds as you hike the divide - it is a rare day to find calm at Loveland Pass!

Directions From Keystone: Take Hwy. 6 east out of Silverthorne up past Keystone Resort to the Loveland Pass summit. Park in the marked area to your right and walk straight up the path on the same side of the road.