Elevation Gain
275.00 ft (83.82 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Warming hut
No
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The Fraser River Trail offers miles of hiking and biking opportunities during the summer, but in the winter months it turns into a fantastic groomed track that is open to any non-motorized use including walking, snowshoeing and skiing.

The section of trail between Fraser and Winter Park is a popular stretch. It can be hiked as a 4.4 mile out and back, or you can utilize the free town bus system to cut that length in half. The hike can be extended as well.

To begin, you can start from the tiny trailhead off Colorado Road 8. This is the northernmost end of the Frasier River Trail. From here the groomed pathway follows near the river and in between some residential neighborhoods.

You’ll cross over County Road 804 then pass behind the Safeway building. From here the trail starts getting more scenic. You’ll again be following the river and soon enter into some lovely pine forest. There are some informative plaques in the area telling of the history and wildlife.

When you reach Rendezvous Road and another trailhead you’ll have come to the end of the section. It is completely possible to keep going and extend your trek if you feel like it. Otherwise, return the way you came.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Groomed path. Free. Second half of section offers beautiful views.

Cons

First part of trail passes close to residential neighborhoods.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

8,541.00 ft (2,603.30 m)

Highest point

8,715.00 ft (2,656.33 m)

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Groomed trail

Yes

Snowmobiles allowed

No

Location

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