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Hoosier Pass Loop

Length: Approx. 3 miles roundtrip
Spectacular views of 14ers Bross, Lincoln and Quandary, mining ruins and Montgomery Reservoir
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Elevation Gain: Approx. 700 ft.

Directions: Proceed south on Route 9 from Breckenridge to the top of Hoosier Pass about 9.7 miles from the last traffic light in town. Parking is on your right at the continental divide sign.

Description: This is the perfect hike for those who want the exhilaration of hiking above tree line without the lung popping elevation gains often required to get there. You begin your hike at the sign board in the parking lot. A couple four wheel drive roads lead from the sign or directly above (north) it.

Above: SCE hiker at the top of the knoll on trail 208.





Take either one - they both go the same place. Very quickly as the road turns left you will see a dirt road come in on your right - ignore it and stay on the main road. About a half mile or so from the parking lot another dirt road comes in on your right. Notice the "no motor vehicle sign" attached to a metal stake on the road.

You will be returning this way as you complete the loop so make a mental note of the steep descent to the main trail. After another half mile or so

Above: A view up the main trail


you will see another road on the right identified as trail #208 (sign on a metal stake) continue on the main trail to mine ruins (large metal shed etc.) and up the hill to a metal gate and a "no trespassing" sign.

Here you will be at about 12,225' or almost 700' above the parking lot. Enjoy the views of Mt. Lincoln and turn back from the gate (SCE Does not recommend continuing on posted property) and you will see trail 208 ascend up a ridge and along a path that will loop back to the main trail as noted previously.

Go back and ascend trail 208 and if you stay just to the right of the highest ridge on the knoll you will pick up the main road about a half mile from the parking lot.

Above:  Mt. Bross (on left) and Lincoln (on right).

Above: Mine ruins as you near the 'no trespassing' area.

Above: Approaching the gate and the 'no trespassing' area.

Above: At the gate, looking back (trail 208).



Cairns and a faint path mark the way until you begin your descent to complete the loop. Pick up a Summit County topo map at Webster's Book store in Breckenridge and you will enjoy identifying Alma, Goose Pasture tarn, and other landmarks as you enjoy the fabulous vistas afforded by this hike.

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Above: Top of the knoll on trail 208. Above: Turning around - beginning the descent back to 208.





  beginner intermediate advanced
    Black Powder Pass   Mohawk Lake   Quandary Peak  14,265'
    Lily Pad   Chihuahua Gulch   Lincoln & Bross 14,291' / 14,177'
    St. John's   Mt. Royal   Bierstadt Peak 14,060'
    Mayflower Gulch   Wheeler Lakes   Willow & Salmon Lakes
    Loveland Pass   Radical Hill Trail   Upper Crystal Lake
    Salt Lick Trail   McCullough Gulch   Gray's & Torrey's 14,278' / 14,267'
    Mesa Cortina Trail   Mt. Sniktau   Mt. Democrat 14,152'
    St. Mary's Glacier   North Ten Mile Trail   Mt. Victoria
    Sally Barber Mine   Willow Falls  

Mt. Elbert  14,433'

    Oro Grande Trail   Eaglesmere Lakes   Buffalo Mountain  12,777'
    Meadow Creek-Salt Lick   Mosquito Pass   Eccles Pass
    Shrine Mountain Trail   Webster Pass   Mt. Huron  14,003'
    Ptarmigan Trail   Ptarmigan via Wilder Gulch    
    Peaks Tr. Barton Gulch   Wheeler Lake - Park County    
    Hoosier Pass Loop   Lenawee Trail    


  Spruce Creek Loop   Nightmare on Baldy Mine    
    Tenderfoot Mountain Trail        

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