Beautiful trail, parked at saint marys glacier lot and it was about 4 hrs round trip. Mosquito Creek had a gate with a Private Property/No Trespassing sign. Our Jeep got stuck while driving up this. We arrived at 7am. The trail follows the remains of a wagon road across the scree, but that does not mean it is not steep. Micro spikes were helpful, but you could definitely do without. I could **maybe** see how you could do this hike without them but they are super useful. If you can make it to the top of the glacier, you can make it all the way (just might take a while). The area's elevation ranges from 9,200 to 13,294 feet. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. From the trailhead, the James Peak Lake Trail drops 500' over a half-mile to James Peak Lake, set in the basin below the steep eastern face of James Peak. Peak-to-Peak Mileage Chart; 13ers; 360° Summit Panoramas; Map; Export Peak Names to File; Routes. This is a 15.9 mile loop hike with 6400 cumulative feet of elevation gain that takes about 7-10 hours to complete. we ended up parking at the "seasonal road" sign and hiking into the trail head on 353. that worked well, we just needed to move over for dirt bikes and 4x4s as we approached the trail. Just make your way to County Road 16 and continue on the dirt road for about 5-6 miles to reach the East Portal Trailhead of Moffat Tunnel. I got out before the traffic became heavy, around noon I began heading back down the hill and encountered 4 vehicles on my way. That descent takes you by the upper lakes in the Loch Lomond chain of lakes. The wind picked up around noon, and by the time we reached the top to exit, the wind was pushing you up the mountain. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. There is a $5 fee to park at this trailhead. I'm not sure how else to get to the trail other than using the county road or Mosquito Creek Rd. started at 6:30 (I would highly recommend getting there early) and we were one of 3 cars in the upper lot. However, a terribly marked trail. James Peak; View More Photos Summit: 13,294 feet : 39.85201°N,-105.6904°W Rank in CO: 405 of 637 13er Rank in CO: 352 of 584 13er Rank in Range: 32 of 59 Weather Information Peak Conditions (Last Report: 2020-12-05) 1,567 Member Ascents: 13ERS WITHIN 2 miles If taking the road from Rollinsville, I would recommend a pickup and 4x4 just for peace of mind. We made it about 2 miles up and had to turn around due to ominous dark clouds and possible storm. I wouldn't try it unless you have high clearance 4WD! You can bring your dog on this trail but please keep them on a leash. As in there isn't a trail at all at some point. Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO, Aborted at the glacier due to dangerous winds. Take this road for eleven miles toward Rollins Pass. Hiking trip report for James Peak, Parry Peak, Mount Eva, Mount Flora Loop, located in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. There are a few large rocks on the road that most likely would be un-passable via car. gorgeous! Views of high alpine peaks, James Lake, and stunted krummholz trees. James Peak is best hiked from the Roger’s Pass Trail during the months of June through August. there is parking at the trail head although the route is not for the faint of heart, running one lane on a ledge for the last half mile. In order to reach this trail, you’ll need to head southeast of Highway 40 to Rollin’s Pass Road, also labeled as County Road 80 or Forest Road 149. We were able to turn around and use the James Peak Wilderness directions we'd printed to find 353 wilderness route (which from 4 is staying left not going right at the fork). James Peak (13,294 feet) was named for Edwin James, an American physician and botanist who traveled to Colorado on the 1819 U.S. Army expedition led by Major Stephen Long. 803 Ute Trail Trail on Little Echo Lake in James Peak Protection Area, Roosevelt National Forest, Arapaho National Forest, James Peak Wilderness 4.4mi 1.9mi from James Peak Lake Trailhead 87 St. Mary's Glacier Trail Trail in Arapaho National Forest 2mi 2.1mi from James Peak Lake Trailhead As you are likely aware (since you’re reading this) this becomes even more challenging after a good snow storm. Improvise your way to the markers and continue west on a well-cut path toward James Peak. The trail begins at the top of a ridge and rapidly descends a rocky trail to the lake. James Peak Lake Trail is a 5.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The area's elevation ranges from 9,200 feet to 13,294 feet and includes upper montane, sub-alpine and alpin… Beautiful views! The three we suggest here are all Class 2, with our primary route offering some Class 2+ work on the descent. The James Peak Lake Trailhead lies above the timberline, at 11,600' elevation. Awesome spot, dynamite scenery! It is separated from the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area by Rollins Pass. ... Winter Park and Mary Jane ski areas as seen by looking northwest from the summit of James Peak. It is located on the east side of the Continental Divide, between Beuthold Pass to the south and Rollins Pass to the north. The trail moves quickly through an expanding landscape to the base of James Peak, where it bends south and steepens up its east face (2.5 miles : 11,818'). Snowshoes are definitely not needed if you follow the packed snow footprints/cairns. Something worth noting - once we arrived back at the TH (sometime past noon), it was by far the most crowded trail / trailhead / parking lot that we had EVER seen. This is a good alternative to hiking a 14er if you still want ‘the 14 experience’ but not the crowds. Plenty of parking spots. But, arriving at 8am, surprisingly there were only 7 other cars there. This trail does NOT want to be found. It is an extremely popular peak and is a common first ascent for those who are interested in ski mountaineering. Stocking the lakes is … There is a $5 parking fee. James Peak and vicinity has recently been made into a Wilderness Area. James Peak Trail is a 8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Black Hawk, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We were unable to access the hike due to the rocky terrain. Just head in the direction of the lake and you will find it eventually. Length 3.1 miElevation gain 807 ftRoute type Loop The James Peak Wilderness was designated as wilderness in 2002 by an act of Congress and signed by George W. Bush. Trail is clear of snow, but there are still a couple of pockets of snow in the shade along the trail. By Terri Cook • June 26, 2018. Beautiful area otherwise. The views are phenomenal and and with a small add on you could venture over to Little Echo Lake. Got to the TH at 8am on a Saturday. James Peak Lake Trail– A short downhill hike to James Lake, nestled at the bottom of 13,294 ft. high James Peak. The hike up to James peak was strenuous; lots of soft crumbly rocks made it difficult to get good footing. Be careful not to follow the Jeep trails because they are misleading. It is situated in Boulder, Gilpin and Clear Creek Counties of Colorado and is part of both the Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Parking at lot 1 was easy at 7am but there were no envelopes to pay the fee. The trail at one point grazes the vertical east face of the peak, giving a dramatic alpine view. We had maps downloaded to keep us on track as there were several off-shoots; the trail butts up to private land. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. James Peak is a popular summer hike with several route possibilities. The first part of the trail is pretty difficult, however i tore my acl 9 months before doing this and was still able to complete it relatively easy. The trail drops 500ft in the first .5 miles, so be aware that in this case what goes down must come back up. The beginning of the trail starts off a small parking lot off the National Forest System Road 353, also known as Kingston Peak Road. (on a weekday) The trail around the glacier dissolves into loose rock and requires special attention. If you’re headed to James Peak Wilderness from somewhere else in the state, you can easily find directions to the trailhead on Google Maps. Directions are way off. Was here last weekend and they're aren't opening the pass until the July 15th.There's still one snow drift but great views and the lake is no longer frozen. nice to descend in the beginning of the hike but the hike out was a lung burner. Really busy through st Mary’s but the crowds dispersed right after. Accessing this route requires high clearance 4WD. What I have found is that the South Boulder Creek trail is incredibly difficult to follow. The pin for this trail head location is no longer accurate, where it says to turn right on the 4x4 road you should stay left on 353 wilderness route. Fished at both James Peak Lake and Little Echo Lake, and was rewarded with one lake trout from Little Echo Lake. From CO-119 in Rollinsville, turn left onto Cnty Rd 16, Tolland Rd and head west for 5 miles. There are three or four stretches of the trail that has snow over it, but it looked good and I was able to cross in some flat-ish areas, making decent time down to the lake. The James Peak area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 2002. On the way out I saw a Subaru, a few minutes later I saw them in my review mirror following me out. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This trail is temporarily CLOSED due to the fire danger. The first lake occupies a marshy flat below treeline; the second, much larger lake fills a deep bowl at treeline below Rollins Pass and the Continental Divide.There are several outlying ponds that require off-trail navigation to reach. Hard hike back up the mountain but worth it! The views are great and the ride down is … Getting there I passed a Chevy Van... so there's that. From CO-119, turn left onto Cnty Rd 16, Tolland Rd and head west for 5 miles. Trail Ratings 3.5 from 4 votes #2 in Indian Peaks #252 Overall. I felt like I was going to be blown off Kingston Peak! Rogers Pass Lake via South Boulder Creek Trail, Crater Lakes Trail via South Boulder Creek Trail, Lower Crater Lakes via South Boulder Creek Trail, James Peak North East Ridge via Little Echo Lake, Arapaho Lakes via Rogers Pass Trail and Forest Lakes Trail, Continental Divide: Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass, Kingston Spur East via St. Mary's Glacier [CLOSED]. Lakes are melted. 0 Likes Likes General Information: The James Peak Wilderness encompasses 17,000 acres on the east side of the Continental Divide in Boulder, Gilpin, and Clear Creek Counties of Colorado. I think calling St Mary’s Glacier a glacier is too generous. The highlight of the trail, at least for us, wasn't the peak, but rather the views along the way. Posted at 00:48h in Colorado, Guides, Snow, Winter by Iana 0 Comments. There are trails on either side of the Glacier to help you get up it. But there are no bailouts (besides turning around) once on the CDT headed to Rollins Pass (aka Corona Pass). Bring your backpack with a few snacks and some water, and take advantage of this beautiful hike especially in the fall when the aspen trees are changing colors. The other two suggestions can be accessed by passenger car. It was pretty windy so, it didn't make for the best of hikes, but the views were amazing. The trail itself is a rural and rocky path that stays about 3 feet wide throughout the entire length, and eventually loops around James Peak Lake. North Crater Lake, a highlight of the James Peak Wilderness near Rollinsville Credit: Terri Cook Adventure Hike We Like: Crater Lakes. very steep, very rocky at first. Beautiful area! We did get pelted by a few small hails. Stock 4Runner had no problems driving in. The James Peak Trail is an 8-mile moderately trafficked hiking trail near Black Hawk and Rollinsville, Colorado. 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