CO – Colorado Trail, Kenosha Pass

After too many days sightseeing and too many miles in the car, I needed to stretch my legs. I happened upon this trailhead at Kenosha Pass. 

As I started hiking, I immediately knew I was exactly where I needed to be. My fall agenda included experiencing the changing colors of the aspen in Colorado. 

The prior couple weeks gave me a good idea of early fall weather in Colorado. I found evidence of recent hail in this stump. 

A little later I found more evidence in a shady area. 

I hiked for several hours north and south of the pass. It was such an enjoyable trail, I wanted to hike forever. Look at those colors.

This was my turnaround spot, but the trail invited continuation. 

I found several of these shelters near the trail. Anyone know who builds? maintains? uses? 

I’d considered a night on the trail but the uncertain weather had me thinking otherwise plus with limited daylight hours I decided I’d rather spend time hiking vs loading my pack. Another storm blew through that night, with wind, thunder, hail, snow and temperatures in the low 30’s. 

Hike Details:

  • Date(s) Hiked: September 26, 2017
  • Mileage (per ViewRanger): about 10 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss (per ViewRanger): about 1,400 feet
  • Elevation Low/High (per ViewRanger): 10,000’/10,500′
  • Trail Conditions:
    • Tree obstacles: none
    • Overgrowth: none
    • Signage: excellent
    • Terrain: excellent
  • Navigation Skills: minimal
  • Water availability: unreliable
  • Camping availability: plentiful
  • Solitude: It’s a very busy trailhead but after a couple miles there were few others around
  • Bugs: none
  • Wildlife: none
  • Precip: none this day but I was prepared
  • Temp: 35 overnight
  • LNT: for a busy trailhead, trail was in great shape
  • Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4 cherries (out of 5)


  • Bikes share the trail with hikers, so be extra alert. There were also quite a few dogs on and off leash.
  • There is a nearby campground as well as areas for dispersed camping.



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