Colorado 2002 Expedition

Hike to Baker Pass

Distance: 12 miles.

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation: 8940 ft at trailhead; 11,253 at highest point.

Along the western edge of the Rocky Mountain National Park are a group of mountains known as the Never Summer Mountains. The hike begins at the Bowen-Baker Trailhead, about 6.4 miles north of the Grand Lake entrance to the park. The trail climbs out of the Kawuneeche Valley along Baker Gulch Creek as it passes through forests of lodgepole pine, aspen, spruce and fir, along with some open areas. About 4 miles from the trailhead, the trail crosses the Grand Ditch, a water development project constructed in the 1890's to divert water from the Colorado River to the eastern side of the Continental Divide. From there it is another couple miles to Baker Pass from where we will have a view of the Cloud Range consisting of the Mount Stratus, Mount Nimbus and Mount Cumulus. The Cloud Range carry the Continental Divide along the western edge of the park.

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