Mount Nystrom Trail

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9.7 km
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378 m
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The Mount Nystrom Trail is an exciting adventure above the clouds. Hike the exposed path to the summit and enjoy panoramic views the entirety of the way. You will be granted incredible views of the Continental Divide and surrounding snow-dusted peaks.

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Route Description for Mount Nystrom Trail

The Mount Nystrom Hike is an ideal summit adventure for novice hikers and families alike. Trek the undulating path through the clouds and ascend Mount Nystrom. Note this trail is entirely exposed, meaning you will be granted awe-inspiring views the entirety of your adventure, but you will also gamble with inclement weather. At such a high altitude you can expect afternoon storms, these usually come on quite suddenly so keep an eye on the surrounding clouds and check the weather prior to your hike.

Begin your Mount Nystrom Hike from the Berthoud Pass West Trailhead. From here, track the Berthoud Pass Trail north. The path will undulate all the way to the summit—mind your footing on loose rocks and take breaks as necessary. Hike among the clouds and revel in the expansive views as you trek along the path. Eventually, the Berthoud Pass West Trail will begin to descend east. Here, stay left and hike along the worn Mount Nystrom Trail. Hike across the ridge and ascend the peak.

From atop the peak notice Vasquez Lake below and Vasquez Peak in the southeast. Revel in the impressive views of the Continental Divide and Front Range scenery. When you are ready, retrace your steps along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Mount Nystrom Trail Trailhead

The Mount Nystrom Hike is located off Jones Pass Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, restrictions apply.

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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