4. Pawnee Pass Trail, Colorado (4.5 miles)Learn More
The first quarter-mile of this rugged trail outside of Boulder is heavily trod, but traffic lightens once you enter the Indian Peaks Wilderness — home to seven mountains over 13,000-feet — where it becomes more rocky and exposed. The route follows the Continental Divide between Pawnee Peak and Shoshoni Peak (13,409), along several switchbacks that meander under a ridge above the stunning glacial Lake Isabelle, with Navajo Peak (13,409) and Apache Peak (13,441) hovering in the distance. Most folks skip the extra half-mile of 400-vertical-feet to the summit of Pawnee Peak, where even more spectacular views await.
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