Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass

Trail Information

Trail Name: Colorado Trail at Kenosha PassHiking Trails in Colorado Kenosha Pass Trail

Location: Kenosha, Colorado

Date: February 15, 2020

Time at the Trail Head: 8:30 am

Trail Length: 2.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 438 feet

Elev. at Trail Head: 10,000 feet

# of Hikers Passed: 14

# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0

# of Horses Passed: 0

Mosquitoes: 0

Trail Research

We decided to go on our first snowshoeing hike and were told about the Kenosha Pass by some great folks at the REI store in Englewood, Colorado.

I did some additional research on AllTrails.com and looked for a trail that would not be extremely steep or long but would provide some great views.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Kenosha Pass

I found a section of the Colorado Trail on the Kenosha Pass that looked pretty flat and had some great views within 1 mile of the trailhead. We didn’t want this hike to be long on our first snowshoeing adventure as we had heard that snowshoeing was more strenuous then a regular hike.

The trail turned out to be perfect for our first time out.

Drive to the Trail

The drive from Denver, up through Conifer and Bailey and on to Kenosha Pass is a gorgeous drive and on this beautiful Saturday morning, with the sun rising in the east and bringing the Rocky Mountains to life, the drive was absolutely spectacular.

Drive to the Colorado Trail on Kenosha Pass

The drive from Denver takes about 1 hour an 30 minutes but it never seems that long when you’re enjoying all the beauty of the Rockies.

Drive to the Colorado Trail on Kenosha Pass

My Day on the Trail

We arrived at the trailhead around 8 am and were surprised that we were one of the first cars there. There are no facilities at this trailhead but there is a campground next to the trailhead with a bathroom that looked to be open, even though it is not visible from the highway.

Kenosha Pass Trailead

It’s always interesting when hiking in the snow because hikers go off trail frequently, and we found ourselves going up a fairly steep mountain, which was more difficult in snowshoes. My guess is that there was between 3 and 4 feet of snow here at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Hiking Up a Mountain in Snowshoes

It’s so great to have gear, like snowshoes to hike with so that we can hike all year long in Colorado. We rented the MSR Lightening Ascent from REI and loved the snowshoes, but I do want to buy the new model that has an improved binding that is easier to adjust and has less pressure points on our feet.

MSR Lightning Ascent Backcountry & Mountaineering Snowshoes with Paragon Bindings, 25 Inch Pair, Cobalt Blue
  • Ultralight (4.33 lbs) technical snowshoes with superior traction for mountaineering, aggressive backcountry pursuits, and rugged terrain
  • 360-degree Traction Frames deliver edge-to-edge grip, especially on traverses, while durable steel DTX crampons provide serious bite on alpine steeps
  • Paragon bindings feature a one-piece contouring strap that wraps securely around boots, for a glove-like feel that eliminates rigid pressure points, and provides easy alignment and foot control
  • Ergo Televator heel lift bar flips up to increase uphill efficiency, provide help on steep ascents, and reduce fatigue
  • Snowshoes measure 8 x 25 inches, weigh 4.33 pounds/pair, and can carry up to a 220-pound load; bindings fit men’s shoes sizes 4.5-15; made in the USA

The views were incredible as we were looking to the south towards Fairplay, Colorado. There are no significant views to the north here unless you are on the road driving.

Kenosha Pass Trail Looking Towards Fairplay to the South

We started looking for a way off the mountain we had just climbed and didn’t want to go back the same way, which would have made to hike longer so we decided to blaze a new trail, which is much easier to do when the ground is covered in snow.

Sparkles off the Snow

However, blazing a trail in 4 feet of snow is physically demanding for the hiker in the lead. Let’s just say that this physically exhausting feat created many opportunities for laughs and good times.

Blazing a Trail in 4 Feet of Snow

We finally reached the main trail again and headed towards the peak we had chosen earlier but this side trip added a good mile to our hike.

Rocky Mountain Trail

We stopped plenty of times to rest and take in the scenery of the Rockies.

Rocky Mountains

Kenosha Pass Trail Looking Towards Fairplay

The day was incredible, even though the temperature was around 30 degrees F, but the wind was light and the skies were clear of clouds, which made this day perfect for hiking.

Colorado Rockies

We had to hike one more steep section and I hope you enjoy this photo because this was a tough section to climb.

Snowshoeing Up a Steep Hill

We reached the mountain peak we were headed for and were rewarded with some more great photo opportunities, followed by a great log tepee.

Log Tepee

The hike back to the trailhead was much easier as it was mostly down hill. We did come upon our trail that we blazed earlier and were impressed with how deep the snow was.

Trail we Cut on Our Own

It’s always good to get to the traihead early in the Rocky Mountains as the parking lot was nearly packed when we returned about 11:30 am.

Kenosha Pass Trailhead

Trail Recommendations

This trail is easy to reach from Denver and provides several hiking routes. We saw some experienced hikers and families with very young children.

I would recommend this trail to anyone, especially if you want to try snowshoeing for the first time.

Lunch in Bailey, Colorado

We stopped and had a great lunch in Bailey at the Rustic Station. I had to try the fish and chips and the other guys in our hiking group ordered burgers, which they were very impressed with.

Rustic Station Restaurant & Tavern

Finding a local restaurant after a hike in the Rocky Mountains has become a tradition for us and the Rustic Station was perfect.

Rustic Station Restaurant & Tavern

If you would like to see more of the trail, then check out this short video of the Kenosha Pass trail on YouTube.

I would love to know if you have had any experience on this trail or have other trails you love to hike. Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email.

 

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Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass

9.4

Scenic Drive

10.0/10

Accessibility

10.0/10

Mountain Views

10.0/10

Lake or Stream Views

7.0/10

Well Maintained Trails

10.0/10

Pros

  • Incredible Drive
  • Fantastic Views
  • Perfect Trail for Snoeshoeing
  • Multiple Trails to Choose From
  • Campground Next to Trailhead

Cons

  • Nothing Negative

6 thoughts on “Hiking Trails in Colorado | Colorado Trail at Kenosha Pass”

  1. What an absolutely beautiful trail. I love all the amazing photos! What a wonderful way to spend time outdoors in the winter months. I live close to the Rocky Mountains in Canada and I find I do not spend enough time enjoying the mountains and beautiful trails that are there. Canmore Alberta is one of my favorite places. I’ve done the hiking trails in summer and have Downhill skied in the area in winter. Have you been there?

  2. Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I traveled with my family to Ken Kenosha Colorado in January this year. This side of Colorado sections of trails that will are great for hiking and has great views. I got some great ideas after reading your article. It’s great that you’re letting everyone know about these trails and then they can then share new experiences with you.

  3. This looks amazing for a little vacation trip. I’m flying over to Colorado in a couple of months, which I’m pretty sure there would not be snow by then, but regardless of that I think I might go around this place and just enjoy the view and the beauty of what nature provides us. If you don’t mind me asking, did you take all of the pictures provided in this article? They’re absolutely stunning! 

    1. It will be great to have you here in Colorado. I have many more trails I can suggest to you if you would like.

      Yes, All of the photos in every article I write are only ones I take. I don’t list trails on my website unless I have personally hiked them.

      Rick

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