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Browns Pass Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,920 Feet (3092.3 Meters) Denny Creek Trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 2,500 Feet (779.3 Meters) to Browns Pass
Ending Elevation: 12,420 Feet (3871.6 Meters) Browns Pass
Length, One-way: 4.25 Miles (7.08 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 129 Buena Vista, Collegiate Peaks
Recommended Season: Fall
Trail Number: 1442
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Browns Pass Trail
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Browns Pass Trail
Browns Pass Trail leaves Denny Creek Trailhead and leads north into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The trail begins at 9,920' and culminates at 12,420' on Browns Pass. (The trail continues into the Texas Creek Valley on the northern side of Browns Pass, which is in the Gunnison National Forest.) The distance to the pass is 4.25 miles from Denny Creek Trailhead. The area is beautiful, although, the first 1.5 miles are heavily used by hikers seeking the summit of Mt. Yale. The view from Browns Pass can't be beat and is well worth the trek.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive 11 miles west on Highway 306 (Cottonwood Pass) to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Stock Packing Browns Pass Trail
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ICON Viewing Scenery Browns Pass Trail

Related Activities
Denny Creek Trailhead - Denny Creek Trailhead provides access to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, as well as Hartenstein Lake Trail, Browns Pass Trail and Mt. Yale Trail.

Mt. Yale - Mt. Yale rises out of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness to a height of 14,196'. The route from the Denny Creek Trailhead leads 3.5 miles to the summit with a 4,300' elevation gain.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Salida Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 325 Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-3591, Fax: 719-539-3593


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