- Southwest of Denver
- 11 mile loop
- 5 to 6 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 10000 feet
- Summer - Fall
A wide timber foot bridge crosses Jefferson Creek.
Several gentle switchbacks allow access to the southeast side of a broad forested ridge which is an extension of the Continental Divide.
Lodgepole pine, Bristlecone pines (at the head of Ohler Gulch), and spruce (dominant at the timber- line) are found along the trail.
The trail enters the krummholz zone- the transition between forest and tundra.
Southwest of Denver
1)Turn west on the Jefferson Lake Rd in Jefferson (CR 35) to FDR 37. Continue 5.2 miles to the beaver Ponds PG. Day-use parking is available here.
2)Turn west on the Jefferson Lake Rd in Jefferson (CR 35) to FDR 37. Continue 4 miles to Lodgepole CG . . Near site 11 the trail heads west following Jefferson Creek. This access is recommended only for people camped in campground. NO day-use parking is available here.
3)The best access point to the Loop Trail for backpackers is at the Jefferson Creek CC. Park in the 'backpacker parking' at entrance of campground. Enter the campground, hike north on the closed road next to the pay station; the road turns into a trail in about 2 miles at a stream crossing.