Mount Stanley Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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11.9 km
Elevation
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545 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Cruise along the ridges of the Continental Divide up to Mount Stanley. The Mount Stanley Hike is undoubtedly one of the most scenic trails on the Pass. This trail is reserved for experienced hikers who are no stranger to high altitude weather and rocky terrain. We like to describe this route as challenging, but incredibly rewarding.

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Route Description for Mount Stanley Trail

Add the Mount Stanley Trail to your Colorado itinerary right now, trust us. Hike up the Continental Divide and summit Stanley Mountain, where either the stunning views or the high altitude will take your breath away. The Mount Stanley Trail hikes up technical rocky terrain to summit the Pass, so make sure you are wearing sturdy shoes and consider bringing trekking poles. Because you will be ascending the Continental Divide and Stanley Mountain, you will need to check the weather prior to setting out. We recommend completing this hike in the morning to avoid getting caught in an afternoon lightning storm. Additionally, because of the extreme elevation, make sure you are acclimated to the area's high elevation and bring plenty of water when attempting this feat. As always, wear layers to protect against the chilly wind.

Departing from the Berthoud Pass Parking lot, you will have to cross W Park Avenue to the Mount Stanley Trailhead. From here, take the Berthoud Pass West Trail. You will maintain this path for the entirety of the hike. Begin tracking through the wooded section of the trail-enjoy the tree coverage while you have it. As you climb, you will quickly ascend the timberline and the trail will become exposed. This section of the excursion is extremely steep and technical. Hike up the steep rocky trail and navigate the several sets of tightly wound switchbacks. Continue trekking up the path and you will summit the Divide. The trail will curve southwest as you hike along the ridge. Track across the ridge and admire the 360-degree views. Soon you will meet the base of Stanley Mountain.

Climb up the rocky terrain and summit Stanley Mountain. From here bask in the expansive views of the neighboring Front Range and the Continental Divide. Revel in the scenery before heading back. Retrace your steps along the ridge and down the Divide all the way back to the parking lot.

Getting to the Mount Stanley Trail Trailhead

Embark on your adventure up the Mount Stanley Trail from the Berthoud Pass Parking Lot off W Park Avenue.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, see rules and regulations.

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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