Hoosier Pass – Mt. Lincoln Trail

Hoosier Pass Hike

This scenic hike up the side of Mt. Lincoln begins at Hoosier Pass (elevation 11,540). Just getting to the pass is a scenic drive through the famous ski town of Breckenridge, along the winding State Route 9. As you stand on top of Hoosier Pass, you are in a truly unique setting because here you are surrounded by 3 of Colorados Fourteeners: Mount Cameron, Quandry Peak and Mount Bross.

Mt Lincoln trail

The parking lot on the southwest side of Rt. 9 is where the trail begins. You will recognize it by the Mt. Lincoln elevation sign (a great place to take a family photo) and the jeep trail ruts. Follow the trail through the trees and begin your ascent along the jeep trail. It will come to a branch and you will need to follow the left branch along the dirt road. You will hike out of the trees and begin up the mountain.

On the left side of the trail, down a huge slope, is the beautiful water of Montgomery Reservoir. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you may see icebergs in the water. You will also catch glimpses of the valley to the east toward the town of Alma.

Hoosier Pass Trail

There are fantastic 360 degree view of the Rockies as you reach the top of the trail. The alpine terrain is beautiful with lush short grass and dwarf like flowers. Follow the #208 trail up past the shed, to the gate/fence and loop back down 208 to the main trail for your descent. A rigorous trail up, but it’s worth the views!

No restrooms available at trailhead or parking lot.

Hoosier pass parking lot

photo from Hoosier pass parking lot

One thought on “Hoosier Pass – Mt. Lincoln Trail

  1. J Ashton

    Thank you so much for this information. We’ll be staying close to Fairplay and are looking for hikes to take with our nine grandchildren — and this looks beautiful!!


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