Hiking The Collegiate Peak Wilderness

The 19th most popular hiking trail in Colorado.

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Northwest of Buena Vista, the 168,000 acre Collegiate Peak Wilderness has a diverse 22 mile loop which combines Pine Creek Trail, Frenchman Creek Trail and a stretch of the Colorado Trail. The circuit passes through secluded forest and alpine tundra in the shadow of several 14ers and ranges from 8,400 feet to 13,000. Note, avoid weekends on the popular Pine Creek Trail.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Buena Vista, head north on US24 for 10.5 miles. Turn left heading west on CR386 for 1.5 miles to trailhead.

Overall, Collegiate Peak Wilderness is the 19th most popular hiking trail of all 72 hikes in Colorado.

Collegiate Peak Wilderness Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  San Isabel National Forest (719) 539-3591; Salida Visitors (719) 539-2068; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO.

Recommended Book:  "100 Classic Hikes Colorado" from Scott Warren

Best Season:  Jul. - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Antero Hot Spring Cabins (719) 539-8204

Luxury Loding:  Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort (719) 395-2447

Breakfast Restaurant:  First Street Cafe

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/psicc

GPS:  38.9369, -106.1945

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  4/6/2018

ID:  11578

Collegiate Peak Wilderness Hiking Map


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