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Jefferson Loop Trail

Basics
Location:
Southwest of Denver
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
11 mile loop
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
5 to 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000 feet
Season:
Summer - Fall

Description

A wide timber foot bridge crosses Jefferson Creek.

Several gentle switchbacks allow access to the southeast side of a broad forested ridge which is an extension of the Continental Divide.

Lodgepole pine, Bristlecone pines (at the head of Ohler Gulch), and spruce (dominant at the timber- line) are found along the trail.

The trail enters the krummholz zone- the transition between forest and tundra.

Details

Location:
Southwest of Denver
Setting:
Mountainous
Length:
11 mile loop
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
5 to 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10000
Season:
Summer - Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS Quads: Jefferson, Boreas Pass

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Southwest of Denver

1)Turn west on the Jefferson Lake Rd in Jefferson (CR 35) to FDR 37. Continue 5.2 miles to the beaver Ponds PG. Day-use parking is available here.

2)Turn west on the Jefferson Lake Rd in Jefferson (CR 35) to FDR 37. Continue 4 miles to Lodgepole CG . . Near site 11 the trail heads west following Jefferson Creek. This access is recommended only for people camped in campground. NO day-use parking is available here.

3)The best access point to the Loop Trail for backpackers is at the Jefferson Creek CC. Park in the 'backpacker parking' at entrance of campground. Enter the campground, hike north on the closed road next to the pay station; the road turns into a trail in about 2 miles at a stream crossing.


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