Summer Hiking

Favorite Hiking Trails

Trail Description and Locations

Favorite Hiking Trails

Winter Park and Fraser Trail Guides

Winter Park, Colorado has over 600 miles of hiking trails to discover on foot. From family-friendly hikes to more strenous longer distance excursion, we have something for everyone.  Use our guide to our favorite hikes in and around Winter Park.

Fraser River Trail – South (Easy)

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation: 8280’

Trailhead Location: Downtown Winter Park or Winter Park Resort. Park at the Winter Park Information
Center and follow the sidewalk on the east side of US Highway 40 south towards Vasquez Road. Continue south
on the sidewalk past the Vasquez stoplight to Beaver Village Lodge. At the Lodge, the trail begins to descend away
from US Highway 40 into the pine forest. Follow the trail and emerge at old town Winter Park on Trademark
Drive. From Winter Park Resort, follow Winter Park Drive north into old town Winter Park and turn left on Old
Town Drive. Veer right onto the Fraser River Trail at the Trademark Drive intersection. Follow the trail towards
downtown Winter Park.

Trail Description: A stretch from downtown Winter Park to Winter Park Resort. The trail parallels the pond
at Beaver Village, winds through Idlewild campground, crosses beneath US Highway 40 and follows the Fraser
River. This is the easiest trail in the area with the least amount of physical exertion. The trail is very scenic along
the river and a slight uphill incline from downtown to the resort.

Second Creek / Broome Hut (Easy)

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation: Trailhead 10,569’ / Hut 11,350’

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US Highway 40 south and up the
eastern side of Berthoud Pass. A turnout at mile marker 240 along with a large orange avalanche warning sign
marks the trailhead.

Trail Description: Begin along the main trail following the creek. Stay on the main trail until the cirque and
eventually the hut become visible. A portion of the hut is available for day use. The Second Creek trail is popular
year-round. To continue to the top of the Continental Divide, follow the trail around the right of the hut. The trail
is defined for the first 1.5 miles as it crosses Second Creek and through willows, but then becomes faint as it
enters the alpine tundra. Watch for rock piles that delineate the trail to the summit. From the top there are great
views to the north of Parsenn Bowl, and to the east of Parry and James Peaks and the Continental Divide.

Discovery Trail / Jim Creek Trail (Easy to Moderate)

Distance: 1.5 – 7 miles round trip
Elevation: Trailhead 9,220’ / 1225’ gain

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US highway 40 south toward Winter
Park Resort. Turn left at the 3rd stoplight and park at the Bonfils Stanton Outdoor Center directly across from
Winter Park Resort entrance.

Trail Description: The first section begins with a boardwalk, and is the 1.5 mile Discovery Trail. At the
campground, stay to the left of the picnic pavilion and an old road will be on the right, which parallels the trail.
Shortly you will come to FS128. To follow the Discovery loop, veer to the left. For Jim Creek Trail, cross the road
to the right of a water diversion and follow the trail. The Discovery Trail is handicap accessible, while the Jim
Creek Trail is slightly more strenuous.

Creekside / Flume Loop (Easy)

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation: 9000’

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US Highway 40 north to the Fraser
Valley Center traffic light and turn left onto CR72. Turn right on CR721 (Fraser Parkway) and follow to the “T”
intersection. Turn left onto CR73. Continue toward the St. Louis Creek campground and park.

Trail Description: Begin at St. Louis Creek campground. The trailhead for Creekside is on the north side of
the parking area. If you have gone into the campground you have gone too far. Creekside will end on FS road 159.
Turn left and look for Flume trail slightly uphill and on your left. Enter Flume, which is a heavily wooded forest and
at times gives way to open meadows. The Flume trail gets its name from an old logging flume, which it parallels.
The trail will go through some aspens before reaching the scenic overlook bench. Take time to enjoy the view of
Byers Peak and St. Louis Creek. Shortly after the scenic overlook is a trail junction. Straight ahead is Chainsaw,
turn left and the trail

Blue Sky/Little Vasquez (Easy)

Distance: 4 miles round trip
Elevation: 9200’

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center turn left onto US Highway 40. At the first
stoplight (Vasquez Rd), turn right. Follow Vasquez up and over the railroad tracks. At the first stop sign (Arapaho
Rd), turn left. Follow Arapaho up through the residential neighborhood and park where the road turns to dirt.

Trail Description: Start up the road (Little Vasquez) until you see the sign for Blue Sky on the right. Follow
the Blue Sky trail over a bridge and up. At the top of Blue Sky turn left on the road and continue up. The top of
the climb is on Tunnel Hill Rd. You will pass Chickadee on your left but continue down (if you want a very
challenging descent take Chickadee and it will meet back up with Little Vasquez at the bottom). Your next
intersection will be Little Vasquez. Follow Little Vasquez back down to the parking area.

Deadhorse Loop Trail (Easy to Moderate)

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation: 9000’

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US Highway 40 north to the Fraser
Valley Center traffic light and turn left onto CR72. Turn right on CR721 (Fraser Parkway) and follow to the “T”
intersection. Turn left onto CR73. Drive approximately 3.8 miles past the rodeo grounds. You will pass the St.
Louis Creek Campground and FS159 on your left. Look for the Deadhorse Trailhead sign and follow toward the
parking lot.

Trail Description: At the trailhead, follow the trail to the right up the steeper, narrower Spruce (Tipperary)
creek side of the trail. The Deadhorse portion of the loop is wider and more gradual of a decline. This trail winds
through a lodgepole forest adjacent to the Byers Peak Wilderness.

Elk Meadow Trail (Easy)

Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
Elevation: 9000’

Trailhead Location: From the Winter Park Information Center, follow US Highway 40 north to the Fraser
Valley Center traffic light and turn left onto CR72. Follow CR72 under the railroad tracks and up the hill, past the
Fraser Tubing Hill until you come to the Forest Service gate.
Trail Description: Park at the gate and start up the hill. Less than a quarter of a mile up, you will see the Elk
Meadow Trail on the left. Follow the trail through the woods and down through a meadow. Go over the bridges
and you will start to climb again. The trail ends at a T intersection with D2. Turn right on D2 and climb back up to
the road FS158. Enjoy the downhill on FS158 back to the Forest Service gates and the parking lot.

Yankee Doodle (Intermediate)

Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation: 8800’

Trailhead Location: Start behind the Winter Park Information Center, go right from parking lot and follow Ski
Idlewild Rd to the dead end. The trailhead is on the right.

Trail Description: Once at the trailhead, follow the contour of the ridge, starting out steep, then mellowing
out and becoming steep again as you navigate three sets of rocky switch backs. Then enter sections of dense
woods, as the trail meanders up the hill, eventually coming to an intersection with the Serendipity trail to your left,
which takes you into Idlewild. Once at the top, you will be able to see panoramic views of the Winter Park &
Fraser Valley. If you wish to add on to the trail, cross the road (Corona Pass road) and continue up Yankee
Doodle to FS149, which brings the length to around 5 miles. Turn to the right and eventually find Broken Thumb
trail on your left. Or take a left and cross the road to ascend up the Arrow trail, which contours and then drops
down to the Southfork Trail in Idlewild.

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