Most of this route is above timberline with outstanding 360-degree views much of the way. On a clear day, Longs Peak and Mt. Evans can be seen in the distance. Stunning James Peak, at 13,307 ft., dominates the western horizon. The highest point of the trail slightly surpasses 12,000 ft., so it usually opens late and closes early due to snow. There are no seasonal gate closures, however. This is a great area for unlicensed vehicles, but we recommend starting on the north end where there is a large parking area at Waypoint 03. From this spot, you can also head south to connect with a massive network of roads around Yankee Hill, Trail # 45. Unlicensed vehicles are not allowed in the town of Alice.
There is a seasonal closure gate on the south side of the trail, less than half a mile from the...See More