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Loveland Pass

Length: Approx. 3 miles roundtrip
Spectacular scenery, the Continental Divide, alpine hiking
Difficulty Rating:
Elevation Gain: Approx. 450 ft.

Below:  A fantastic view of the valley

Highlights:  Spectacular mountain scenery, the Continental Divide, alpine hiking!

Directions: Take route six out of Silverthorne through Keystone to the Loveland Pass summit. Park in the marked area on your right and walk across the road and begin your hike by climbing the steps on the left.

Description: For all around mountain grandeur and easy acess, this hike is hard to beat. The steps will lead to a ridge that  follows the Continental Divide

as it ascends to a high point of about 12,500' to the northwest. As you proceed along the ridge, the trail divides - you can take either fork but if the snow cover is deep you may want to stay to
the left and keep on the higher ground as you follow the ridge line.

 Below: The red arrow indicates our destination, the high point on the ridge - a wind shelter.


As you experience the exhilaration of hiking above the tree line, you
will be thrilled by awesome views in every direction. Look for Arapahoe Ski area off to the south and Loveland Ski area to the west. To the
northeast, you'll see Mt. Sniktau which can be reached via the trail
that ascends from the parking lot below.

After about a mile and a half, you'll encounter a short rock scramble
that leads to a wind shelter that marks the highest point of the Divide.
This is a great place to enjoy lunch and the views. When finished you
can complete a loop by gradually descending east and continuing back to your starting point.

Generally, we find the experience of hiking the
Divide to be so invigorating we prefer to retrace our steps - I guess SCE just like to "be (and stay) on top"! The unparalleled views and the crisp mountain air are sure to turn any first-timer into a repeat visitor and outdoor enthusiast.


Above: An SCE explorer rests at the destination. Inset: A SCE Explorer on the snowfield - high on the ridge.

Above:  Early on the hike - and SCE explorer moves ahead (green dot to the left of the snowfield)


Be sure to be prepared for high winds as you hike the divide - it is a rare day to find calm at Loveland Pass!

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Above: This is why we do it. From the picture above you can almost feel and breathe the crisp air...The awesome beauty of Summit County.





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