Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,723.00 ft (525.17 m)
Trail type
Shuttle
Distance
15.70 mi (25.27 km)
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The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail spans nearly 3,100 miles across 5 states from Mexico to Canada, exploring a vast array of different environments and landscapes along the way. The CDT can be completed as a single thru-hike that will take 4 to 6 months, or by section-hiking smaller segments. The Colorado portion of the CDT features 800 miles of stunning and challenging high altitude hiking. Highlights include the South San Juans, Collegiate Peaks, 14,270 foot Grays Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Mount Zirkel Wilderness. In this guide we’ll take a closer look at Colorado Section 41.

Colorado Section 41 begins from Rabbit Ears Pass where there is a parking area and trailhead. It follows the road and leads beside Dumont Lake Campground. The trail then takes off to right and leads through some beautiful wildflower areas and above scenic Dumont Lake.

You’ll cross a footbridge and continue into the woods. A slight climb follows. This section of trail features a lot of meadow and wetland terrain. An abundance of beautiful small lakes are also scattered about, including lovey Lake Elmo.

The trail remains mellow with a few tiny climbs now and then, including one up to some power lines. You’ll then descend. Note that dirt bikes and ATVs are allowed on this latter stretch of trail.

You’ll finally join a dirt road that leads to Buffalo Pass. There is a vault toilet and parking area here. Summit Lake and Campground is also just a short stroll away. Buffalo Pass marks the end of Section 41.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Many lovely small lakes. Wildflowers.

Trailhead Elevation

9,558.00 ft (2,913.28 m)

Highest point

10,588.00 ft (3,227.22 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Fishing
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

Yes

Permit required

No

Location

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