Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Hike

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6-8.5h
Distance
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14.8 km
Elevation
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1,186 m
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The Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass is an unforgettable excursion along the famous Continental Divide. Reserved for adventurous spirits, those who trek its path will be rewarded with 360-degree, uninterrupted views of the Front Range. If you are an experienced hiker searching for a new escapade, then we urge you to consider the Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Hike.

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Route Description for Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Hike

The Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Hike is an unforgettable experience and we couldn’t recommend it enough. This scenic adventure requires some planning! One-way trails are the best because the scenery is new every step of the way, but you do have to arrange transportation at the path’s end. Drop off a car or set up a pickup from the Berthoud Pass Parking Lot. This stunning hike is also technical, so be prepared to navigate a 2+ Class scramble. Ensure you are wearing sturdy hiking boots and consider trekking poles to make your journey easier. Note you will also be walking along an exposed ridge at high altitudes, wear layers to stay warm and head out early to avoid getting caught in an afternoon storm.

Embark on your journey along the Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Trail from Loch Lomond Lake. Ascend the unnamed path in the north up to the James Peak South Trail. At the intersections, stay left on the now unmarked, technical path. This section of the hike might be the most difficult as you navigate the saddle between Mount Bancroft and James Peak. Scramble up the Class 2+ terrain to the summit of Mount Bancroft. From Mount Bancroft, head west down the saddle and up to Parry Peak. Enjoy the vistas as you travel south along the rocky ridge from Parry Peak to Mount Eva. Continue hiking the technical path over to Witter Peak and Mount Flora.

From Mount Flora there will be a more defined path to follow. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Front Range and Continental Divide as you trek along the final segment of the trail. Hike along the Continental Divide on the Mount Flora trail to the Berthoud Pass Parking Lot. Give yourself a pat on the back at the trail’s end and appreciate the magnitude of what you just hiked.

Getting to the Loch Lomond to Berthoud Pass Hike Trailhead

Begin your journey from Loch Lomond Lake off the Kingston Spur Road. Remember this trek is one way, so arrange a pickup or drop off a car at the Berthoud Pass Parking Lot.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, restrictions apply.

  • When to do

    June-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    One Way

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