Byers Peak Trail (#12)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Length: Byers Peak TH at parking area gate to the peak - 4.4. miles. (NOTE: Bicycles can ride the first 1.9 miles of this trail to the bike rack at the end of the Forest Service Road. This leaves an additional 2.5 miles to the peak.) DISTANCES ARE ONE WAY.

Elevation: 10,780 feet at the trailhead; 12,804 feet at Byers Peak

Trail Description: The trail starts at the gate and follows the road to the Byers Peak Trailhead of the single track hiking trail. This section of the trail can be used by both hikers and mountain bikers. At the single track hiking trailhead, there is a spot to leave mountain bikes. From here to the top of Byers Peak, the trail is approximately 1.8 miles and is steep, with some bouldering required. The steep sub-alpine slopes do not provide any camping and hikers should be prepared for a stiff wind at tree line that generally blows atop the mountain. There is good fishing in the few small lakes just below Byers Peak although they require some strenuous cross-country hiking. Remnants of snow fields usually remain along the trail until the first or second week of July.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to the Williams Fork Fire.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Hiking conditions are best from July through September.
Restrictions: Portions of the Byers Peak Trail are located within the Byers Peak Wilderness where regulations apply:
  • Mechanized/motorized travel is prohibited.
  • Portions of the trail are located within the Fraser Experimental Forest where dispersed camping is prohibited.
  • Do not camp or build campfires within 100 feet of developed trails or bodies of water.
  • Pets must be under control at all times.
  • Group size is limited to 12 people and/or livestock. 
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned. Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
Closest Towns: Fraser, Winter Park
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Follow Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Sulphur Ranger District;  970-887-4100; Contact Us

General Information


At the stop light by the Safeway Store in Fraser on US Highway 40, turn onto County Road 72. Take the second right onto the Fraser Parkway, then left onto County Road 73. Follow the dirt road through the Fraser Experimental Forest towards St. Louis Creek and Byers Creek Campgrounds. Take a sharp right at the Byers Peak sign and follow this dirt road for 2 miles to the gate and the Byers Peak Trailhead parking area.



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