Enjoy this fairly short hike that passes by some of the most unique peaks in Colorado, unbelievable wildflowers, and often plenty of wildlife! 

Drive up Owl Creek Pass as far as your vehicle will take you. If you do not have 4WD and high clearance, you will get as far as the Courthouse Peak trailhead. In this case, your hike begins here.

Starting at 10,760 ft, this trail holds views from the first step. Follow the dirt road for about 2.5 miles and you'll run into a sign-in station as well as a few signs marking Uncompahgre Wilderness. The trail is pretty self explanatory from here, but it will basically wind through a fairly flat forest section for a while. Then, it will take you to and through a boulder field. Be on the lookout for marmots and pikas, they're everywhere! It will now get steeper and point you directly toward the top of West Fork Pass. 

Looking behind you, you will see Courthouse Peak, Redcliff Peak, and Precipice Peak. Beside you (and technically above you) is Coxcomb Peak. And looking out in front is Wetterhorn Peak, and the giant Mt. Sneffels & San Juan range in the distance.

This area never gets old and offers something new every time. Between the countless wildflower colors, elk herds, big horned sheep, mountain goats, extremely surprising thunderstorms, boulder gardens, and solitude, there is nothing more you can ask for. Enjoy this little slice of heaven!!

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks & Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera!!
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RT Distance 5.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 1760 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking


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