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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests > Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District

Quick Facts

Red Dirt Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,900 Feet (3086.0 Meters) at jct. of Gilpin Lake Trail, !/4 mile north of Gold Creek Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,500 Feet (467.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,400 Feet (3553.6 Meters) at jct. of Shafer Creek Trail
Length, One-way: 2.3 Miles (3.83 Kilometers) from Gilpin Lake Trail #1161 to Shafer Creek Trail #1127 on The Parks Ranger District
Other Maps: Routt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #116 Hahns Peak, Steamboat Lake; No Mt Zirkel Wilderness
Trail Number: 1142
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
USGS Maps: Mt Zirkel; Boettcher Lake

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description


This area was affected by a large tree blowdown. Contact the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District for current conditions.

This trail is in good condition west of the Divide. It goes past Slavonia Mine above timberline, and switches back up to Red Dirt Pass. At the top of Red Dirt Pass you can climb northwest and travel to the top of Mt. Zirkel. The trail on Flat Top Mt. is to the southeast and is fairly steep.

NARRATIVE: The Red Dirt Pass Trail begins along the Gilpin Lake Trail #1161, 1/4 mile north of the Gold Creek Trail #1150. The trail ends at the junction with the Shafer Creek Trail #1127, on The Parks Ranger District. The trail on the east side of the divide is nonexistent, unimproved, and you must use your topographic map and compass to pick up the trail lower down the mountain. The trail can be found again in Frying Pan Basin. A few rock cairns mark the trail at the base of the Pass on the east side. At the point where the trail fades (before crossing Shafer Creek) the hiker bushwhacks through brushy meadows and huge Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir.


As humans, we must minimize our impacts to help preserve this resource for present and future generations.

Directions from Steamboat Springs: Take HWY 40 west of town and turn right on to County Road 129. Travel north about 18 miles to the Seedhouse Road (Forest Road 400; also County Road 64) and turn right. Continue for about 10 miles to the end of the Slavonia trailhead parking. Hike the Gold Creek Trail #1150 to Ute Pass. Continue on trail Red Dirt Pass Trail #1142 north along the side of the valley.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather. This trail may not be accessible until well into July.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Red Dirt Pass and connecting trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Red Dirt Pass and connecting trails.

Related Activities
Gilpin Lake Trail - This area was affected by a large tree blowdown. Contact the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District for current conditions. The Gilpin Lakes Trail, north of Steamboat Springs, leads from Slavonia, past Gilpin Lake to the saddle between Gilpin and Gold Creeks.

Gold Creek Lake Trail - This trail leads from the Slavonia Trailhead north of Steamboat Springs, up Gold Creek to Gold Creek Lake. The trail can then link to either the Wyoming Trail of Gilpin Lake Trail.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Hahns Peak/Bears Ears Ranger District, 925 Weiss Drive , Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487, Phone: 970-879-1870, Fax: 970-879-2147


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