Wilder Gulch Trail #75


This is a pleasant 3½ mile hike from the parking lot at Vail Pass to the top of Ptarmigan Pass. There are potential opportunities for viewing a variety of wildlife and wildflowers. The trail ascends gently for about while it passes in and out of coniferous forests and meadows. At the end of the Wilder Gulch trail you will come to a 4WD road that you can follow up to Ptarmigan Pass. Ptarmigan Pass offers fantastic views of the northern Sawatch Range and the west side of the Gore Range.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Summer:  Closed to motor vehicles.  Open to Hike, Horse and Mountain Bike.

Winter:  See Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area for details.

Closest Towns: Copper Mountain, CO
Information Center: Dillon Ranger District; 680 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO


General Information

Directions: From I-70 take Exit 190, Vail Pass Rest Area, and go to the rest area on the west side of I-70. Park in the designated area. From the parking area travel south, paralleling the interstate until you reach the first major drainage, this is Wilder Gulch.



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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles to Ptarmigan Pass

  Elevation : 
10,536 ft. - 11,768 ft.