Saint Vrain Glacier Trail (#917)

Length: From the Middle Saint Vrain Trailhead (TH) to: Buchanan Pass Wilderness Trailhead (TH) - 3.8 miles; Saint Vrain Glacier - 8.4 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.

Elevation: 8,600 feet at Middle Saint Vrain TH; 11,200 feet at Lake Gibraltar.

Trail Description: From the Middle Saint Vrain Trailhead, follow Buchanan Pass Trail five miles into the Indian Peaks Wilderness and to its intersection with Saint Vrain Glacier Trail. The Saint Vrain Glacier Trail continues 3.1 miles west, ending at Lake Gibraltar. There are creek crossings which can be difficult, especially in early summer. In a field of boulders, even the trail gives up, leaving the hiker to wind through the rocks. Before the small lake in the bottom of the valley, a faint path climbs the hillside to Lake Gibraltar. The Saint Vrain Glacier Trail ends in a cirque basin, with a half-dozen delicate lakes, craggy rock walls and glacial remnants.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: This trail lies within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:
  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Best season for hiking is July - October.
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires are prohibited year round.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).
  • Processed weed-free feed is required for stock.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Allenspark, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information


Approximately 6.5 miles north of Ward, Colorado, on Colorado Highway 72, watch for signs for Peaceful Valley and Camp Dick Campgrounds. Turn west onto Middle Saint Vrain Road (County Road 92 and National Forest System Road 114) and proceed 1.25 miles to the west end of Camp Dick.


The road to Middle Saint Vrain Trailhead is generally open from mid-May to mid-November. Limited parking is available outside the gate at Peaceful Valley Campground for winter access. Strong skiers and snowshoers enjoy this trail in winter.


Lake and Pond Fishing

River and Stream Fishing

Day Hiking


Horse Riding

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