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Rabbit Ears Peak

Park Range Area, Colorado

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  • The unusual stone formations on Rabbit Ears Peak.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • Parking area and trailhead.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • The trail follows an old jeep track for a gradual ascent.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • Looking back at the views along the trail.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • While it is possible to drive much of the trail, it's probably not a good idea.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • The peak often comes into view on the trail.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • View of Whiteley Peak to the southeast.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • Rocky outcrops appear near the summit.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • On the last steep push uphill, the peak beckons.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • The view from the top is magnificent.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • Sitting on top of the world.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • The Mount Zirkel Wilderness in the Park Range is visible to the north.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • Nice campsite near the peak.- Rabbit Ears Peak
  • The wildflowers put on an ever-changing show along the trail.- Rabbit Ears Peak
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful scenery. Mostly a mild ascent.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Park Range Area, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
987.00 ft (300.84 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
5.50 mi (8.85 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,528.00 ft (2,904.13 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Peak bagging in Colorado usually means 14ers or 13ers that almost always involve long, steep treks above the timberline. Well, how about a peak that tops out at a not-so-lofty 10,654 feet and is an iconic landmark that is visible for miles? Add in a gloriously scenic route through wildflower-choked meadows that is doable by families and a 100-mile view at the top and you have the recipe for a great hike. Welcome to Rabbit Ears Peak! The peak is named for the unique rocky remnants of a volcanic plug that looked more like a rabbit in the past than it does today. The rocks are very soft and brittle, and they are eroding quickly.

The trailhead is near the historic Rabbit Ears Pass and the beautiful Dumont Lake Campground east of Steamboat Springs. The trail follows an old dirt road that is still open to four-wheel drive vehicles, but it is rare to see any because the road is extremely poor. Better not to attempt to drive it; also, it is a beautiful walk. Climbing gradually for the first few miles, the trail is open with little shade but with ever-changing views of rolling meadows, forests, and distant glimpses of surrounding mountain ranges. The unique rocks that form the peak go in and out of view as the trail gets closer, finally disappearing for the last mile. Taking a right turn at the base of Hahn’s Peak, the trail flattens out for a little while and then becomes very steep as it approaches the peak. The last eighth of a mile is a real thigh-burner, but the end goal is in sight.

The views are remarkable at the base of the rocks that form the true summit. While not recommended, it is possible to climb the 150-foot rocky peaks, but exercise caution as the rock is extremely unstable.

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