Colorado Trail (Segment 5): Kenosha Pass Trail To Long Gulch

kenosha pass trail

This hike is a segment of the Colorado Trail. When you reach Kenosha Pass Trail you will need to go to the east side of HWY 285 to park. The trail is located just to the south of the parking lot.

This hike is easy to moderate and offers nice, shady forest, grassy meadows, views of the Rockies and a pleasant climb. The trail is well maintained and heavily traveled.

You will enjoy the views over Park County as you gradually ascend this portion of the trail. The wildflowers along the trail vary and are plentiful.

kenosha aspens

Kenosha Pass is a wonderful fall hike the huge aspen trees tower above the trail in golden colors. It is a pleasant trail that wanders through the forest at a slight uphill grade with wonderful views of the valley looking south toward Fairplay.

We hiked with our kids (all under age 7) for about an hour (approx. 1 mile). This took us to a lookout area with rocks and logs where we had lunch and looked down into the valley and out to the south. It was a beautiful picnic spot.

Colorado Trail Kenosha Pass

One thing we noticed was at this time of year, September, there are still a lot of mosquitoes and gnats in the area. Be sure to take bug spray with you it will make your hike a lot more pleasant. Restrooms available at parking lot.

Other hikes in this area you may enjoy Colorado Trail Kenosha Pass to Goldhill segment

Picnic Recommendations: Anywhere along the trail  we like eating where there is a nice view.

Kenosha Mountain Views

10 thoughts on “Colorado Trail (Segment 5): Kenosha Pass Trail To Long Gulch

  1. Bill Manning

    Thanks for posting this hike. This part of The Colorado Trail is especially easy with only moderate elevation change. Great place for a family outing. Expect to share the Trail with some bicyclists, though most of the cyclists seem to pedal West from Kenosha. You'll enjoy the expansive views across South Park.

    Our little nonprofit organization, The Colorado Trail Foundation, and all our fun-loving volunteers work to keep The Colorado Trail in good condition. From our one-room office in Golden, we assist Trail users, provide guide books and maps, and organize volunteers. Don't hesitate to visit our website or contact us. Enjoy The Colorado Trail.

    Bill Manning, Mg Dir
    The Colorado Trail Foundation
    www ColoradoTrail.org

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  2. timnorton

    Bill thanks for the comment and for all you do to keep the Colorado trail looking great! Hopefully we can post some more hikes from the trail, this summer.

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  3. timnorton

    Bill thanks for the comment and for all you do to keep the Colorado Trail looking great! Hopefully we can post some more hikes from the trail this summer.

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  8. Chaz

    Hi i am trying to park my car at the beginning of segment 5 and go from segment 4 where exactly do i go to find this parking lot you are describing?? please help!

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