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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Sulphur Ranger District

Quick Facts

Baker Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,240 Feet (3503.7 Meters) at jct. of Parika Lake Trail and Baker Pass Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 13 Feet (4.1 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,253 Feet (3507.8 Meters) at Baker Pass
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers) from Parika Lake Trail to Baker Pass
Other Maps: Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest Map
TI Topo Maps: #115, Rand, Stillwater Pass; Never Summer Wilderness
Trail Number: 29
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Mount Richthofen

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

ACCESS #1: Hike 4 miles up the Baker Gulch Trail to the Parika Lake Trail junction. Follow the Parika Lake Trail 1.1 miles to just above timberline where the Baker Pass Trail is designated by a sign.

ACCESS #2: Hike the Baker Gulch Trail to Baker Pass. The Baker Pass Trail is to the left, or southwest of Baker Pass on an old road.

ATTRACTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS: The Baker Trail provides an alternative route to Baker Pass, via Parika Lake. It is a scenic and easy trail that generally follows timberline without much gain or loss in elevation. Because of the steep slopes on either side of the trail there are no good camping spots. The Baker Trail can also be reached from Baker Pass via the Baker Gulch Trail and used as an access to Parika Lake from a northerly direction. Patches of snow will generally remain on the trail until early or mid-July.

NARRATIVE: The Baker Trail takes off through marshy meadows from the Parika Lake Trail and travels along timberline for a fairly easy 2 miles. Rock cairns lead the way through through this area. At the pass, Baker Gulch is located to the south, and the South Fork Michigan River Trail leads to the north into The Parks Ranger District on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

Directions from Granby: Follow Highway 40 west to Highway 34. Go north on Hwy 34 to Rocky Mountain National Park's West Entrance. From the park entrance, follow Trail Ridge Road for 6.4 miles to the Bowen/Baker Trailhead parking area. Follow the Baker Gulch Trail to one of two access points.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Accessibility depends on snow depth and weather.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Baker Pass, Baker Gulch, Parika Lake and connecting trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Baker Pass, Baker Gulch, Parika Lake and connecting trails.
ICON Horseback Riding Baker Pass, Baker Gulch, Parika Lake and connecting trails.
ICON Viewing Scenery Baker Pass and surrounding area.

Related Activities
Baker Gulch Trail - The Baker Gulch Trail is located north of Granby. It begins in Rocky Mountain National Park at the Bowen Baker Trailhead and leads up Baker Gulch to Baker Pass.

Parika Lake Trail - The Parika Lake Trail is located north of Granby. It starts from the Baker Gulch Trail, leads past Parika Lake then over the Continental Divide.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sulphur Ranger District, 62429 US Hwy 40, P.O. Box 10 , Granby, CO, 80446, Phone: 970-887-4100, Fax: 970-887-4102, TTY: 970-887-4101


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