Rosalie Trail #603 at Guanella Passby Mary Norton
Trail Length1 mile (portion) -- Total trail length is 14 miles one way ending at Abyss Trailhead.
Beautiful mountains, and tundra surroundings encompass the Guanella Pass area! From the parking lot, Rosalie trail (Tr 603) heads south. The entire length of Rosalie Trail is 14 miles but just hiking a short portion of 2.5 miles keeps you up above treeline until you meet Gomer Creek and its drainage (it then heads down into Abyss Trail and trailhead). We prefer the short portion of 1 mile in-and-out just for the views of the peaks, peaceful surroundings and cool air.
Its a good area to wander even if you aren’t up for a serious hike: take photographs, picnic, take-in the scenery and relax at an elevation of 11,700 ft. above sea level! If you have binoculars, you may see Rocky Mountain Big Horn sheep and/or mountain goats grazing on the side of Mt. Bierstadt!
Another short but interesting and fun trail heads east toward the valley – part of the beginning of Mt Bierstadt Trail. Hike down to the small pond or Gomer Creek and watch for wildlife; occasionally there are moose in the area.
The mountains that you will see on the Rosalie Trail include Mt. Bierstadt (14,060ft.), Mt. Evans (14,264 ft.), Geneva Mtn. (12,335 ft.) and others to the northwest. Straight ahead to the east is Mt. Bierstadt a very popular, “easy” fourteener. Many hikers, expert and beginner alike love this area.
Restrooms available at parking lot.
For Guanella Pass Seasonal Road Conditions and Closure times click Colorado Dept. of Transport
DirectionsFrom Georgetown, drive up Guanella Pass Rd. for 12 miles to the top! Click Map Below.
AttractionsIf you want a sweet treat, be sure to try the ice cream at the Georgetown Valley Candy Factory (500 Sixth St.). You’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes. We love their homemade ice cream and fudge!! Georgetown offers an old historic main street with shops and restaurants. Be sure to visit the town - walk around and notice the beautiful flowers and tourists. Need a place to stay near this hike? Try Hotel Chateau Chamonix in the histroic, Victorian town of Georgetown, Rose Street Bed and Breakfast, Silver Queen Bed and Breakfast, OR The Horstmann House Bed and Breakfast.
About Mary Norton, Contributor of this Hike
Mary grew up hiking in Colorado, so she knows all the best places to go! With a family of 6 children and no lack of enthusiasm for the outdoors, Mary is well qualified to give you tips and hike spots that will challenge you as well as delight your whole family. Whether you have kids, dogs, or are just looking to enjoy nature by yourself, Mary will show you where to go to find what you are looking for.Check out my Google+ page