Saint Vrain Mountain Trail (#915)

Photo taken in August showing the trail and St Vrain Mountain with a large snow field near the top

Length: Saint Vrain Mountain Trailhead (TH) to: Rock Creek Trail - 3.9 miles; to Buchanan Pass Trail - 6.5; to Middle Saint Vrain TH - 7.2 miles. DISTANCES ARE ONE-WAY.

Elevation: 8,900 feet at Saint Vrain Mountain TH; 12,162 feet at the top of Saint Vrain Mountain

Trail Description: From the Saint Vrain Mountain Trailhead, the Saint Vrain Mountain Trail starts off on an old road and enters the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail cuts across the slope and follows along a creek and follows some switchbacks before it ascends above tree line, passing to the south of Meadow Mountain. It pops briefly into Rocky Mountain National Park. This section of trail is not open to pets. The trail circles the west side of a small peak, gaining the east ridge of Saint Vrain Mountain (no developed trail ascends the peak). At 3.9 miles, it intersects the unsigned Rock Creek Trail near the Saint Vrain Mountain Trail's highest point. This junction is marked by a cairn, and is south of the head of the Rock Creek drainage. Saint Vrain Mountain Trail continues down the south side of Saint Vrain Mountain to intersect Buchanan Pass Trail.

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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: Light
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:
  • Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times. Dogs are prohibited on the portion of this trail that enters briefly into Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • 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: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

General Information

Directions: In Allenspark, take County Road 107 (Ski Road) south for 1.5 miles. National Forest System Road 116.1 heads up the hill to the right for 0.5 miles to the Saint Vrain Mountain Trailhead. Parking is limited.


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