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Description - The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness encompasses 167,994 acres in central Colorado. The headwaters of the Arkansas, Gunnison, and Roaring Fork rivers drain from the Continental Divide within this wilderness. Elevations range from 9,500 feet to eight peaks over 14,000 feet. Expansive alpine tundra, high lake basins, glacial river valleys and beautiful forests compose the landscape.

Attractions - The Collegiate Peaks name comes from the many peaks within the wilderness named after famous universities. The headwaters of the Arkansas, Gunnison, and Roaring Fork rivers drain from the Continental Divide within this wilderness. Elevations range from 9,500 feet to eight peaks over 14,000 feet. Expansive alpine tundra, high lake basins, glacial river valleys and beautiful forests compose the landscape.

Recreation - Recreation opportunities in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, fishing and horseback riding.

TRAILHEADS
Leadville Ranger District:
*Highway 82- South Lake Fork; Sayers Gulch; N. Fork Lake Creek; Graham Gulch

*Clear Creek Rd- Colorado Gulch; Missouri Gulch; Pear Lake; South Fork Lake Creek; North Fork Clear Creek

*Highway 24- Pine Creek; Frenchman Creek; Three Elk

MAPS: The following maps cover different portions of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. They can be purchased at district offices or outdoor recreation shops.
National Forest Maps: White River, Pike-San Isabel, Gunnison

USGS Quads (7 1/2 minute series):
Independence Pass, Mt. Harvard, Mt. Elbert, Harvard Lakes, Pieplant, Tincup, Winfield, Mount Yale, Aspen, Granite, Hayden Peak, Italian Creek

Climate - Elevations in this wilderness area range from 9,500 to over 14,000 feet. Be prepared for rapidly changing weather. Lightning, rain, and snow are common in summer. Snow can occur in any month of the year in the Collegiate Peaks.

Location - The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness encompasses 167,994 acres and overlaps three national forests, the White River National Forest, Gunnison National Forest, and the Pike/San Isabel National Forest. The headwaters of the Arkansas, Gunnison, and Roaring Fork rivers drain from the Continental Divide within this wilderness. The peaks within this region make up a portion of the Sawatch Mountain Range, the highest in the state. Highway 24 provides access to the eastern section of this area. Highway 82 skirts the northern boundary of the wilderness; and Forest Roads 306 (Cottonwood Pass), 122, 209 and 742 provide access to the southern and western trailheads of the area.


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Filed By: Doyle Bennett (Augusta, KS)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My party of 6 hiked the Brown's Pass trail beginning at Denny's Creek Trailhead not far from the Cottonwood Hot Springs area off 306 west of Buena Vista. Our hike on a Wednesday after July 4 saw approx. 10 people most of those in one group. Beautiful backcountry wilderness once treeline was reached. Hike took us to Brown's Pass on the Continental Divide with an unexpected hail event that lasted only 30 seconds. Toughest part of hike was the last 500 ft. reaching the pass, but not that difficult. Safe for all ages. Wanted to continue on to Texas Creek Trail north of Brown's pass to a century old cabin, but weather was coming in and prevented us from going further. Absolutely beautiful wilderness area and many open meadows to view as well. Beginning of trail allows for heading east to the Mt. Yale trail, which we will do next time.


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Contact Information:
Aspen Ranger District, 806 W. Hallam , Aspen, CO, 81611, Phone: 970-925-3445

Leadville Ranger District, 2015 N. Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0752

Additional Information:
Aspen Ranger District - The Aspen Ranger District surrounds the resort town of Aspen, at the upper end of the Roaring Fork River Valley. It encompasses some spectacular mountain terrain in the Elk Mountains, and Sawatch Range.
Colorado Wilderness Areas - Some of the most spectacular terrain in Colorado is preserved within Colorado's extensive system of Wilderness Areas.
Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway - Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway leads through amazing mountain scenery, past the two highest peaks in Colorado, through Leadville, the highest incorporated town in the United States, and into pieces of Colorado history.

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