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    Mount Jasper Hike

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    13.0 km
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    917 m
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    The Mount Jasper Hike is a great excursion for those who don’t mind going off the beaten path. The majority of this hike is through an unmarked trail. Hikers will have to bring their compass and trail GPS for this one! Hike through the dense alpine woodlands, over the ridge and past Xanadu Lake before commencing your ascent to Mount Jasper’s summit.

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    Route Description for Mount Jasper Hike

    Mount Jasper Hike is a challenging hike up the Colorado Front Ranges to Mount Jasper. Mount Jasper sits at 3,923 m elevation along the Continental Divide. Hikers who adventure the Mount Jasper trail need to be prepared for a bit of off-roading. This hike follows along a marked path until you have to veer off and ridge Mount Jasper. Use a GPS and compass to aid in your navigation up to the peak. On the south side of the ridge, you will see Xanadu Lake. Divert off the trail and explore the shore of the lake where you will find remnants from an old plane crash. Make sure you prepare for this hike before you begin navigating through the unmarked Colorado territory.

    Begin this hike from the Fourth of July Trailhead and take the Arapaho Pass Trail. Hike this trail through the woodlands as you gradually gain elevation. As you top the timberline you will encounter the junction. Here you will see the Fourth of July Mine. Veer left on an unmarked path, heading west. Continue along the unofficial trail as it intersects with North Forth Middle Boulder Creek. Stay close to the creek and ensure to pass by two alpine lakes before you head south and climb the Mount Jasper Ridge. As you ascend the ridge you will have to navigate a scree. Continue up the ridge towards the peak. At this point you may have to scramble up the rocky field before you reach the summit. From Mount Jasper’s peak you will get awe-inspiring views of the Arapaho Peaks and Mount Neva. Below, you will see Xanadu Lake. Descend to the lake and explore the rusted remnants of the plane crash on its western shore.

    When you go to return, either climb back to the summit of Mount Jasper or head north over the ridge. Make sure you return to the two alpine lakes before heading east, retracing your steps along the unmarked path. When you eventually arrive back at the junction, veer right onto Arapaho Pass Trail and hike southeast back to the parking lot.

    Getting to the Mount Jasper Hike Trailhead

    The Mount Jasper Hike departs from the Fourth Of July Trailhead off the Fourth of July Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Yes, permits required.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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