Burning Bear Trailhead is a pleasant winter snowshoe/hike located on Guanella Pass; it is a gentle, moderate trail following Burning Bear Creek from Geneva Creek until it reaches the North Fork of the South Platte River in Hall Valley. 

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We arrived to bitter winds in the parking area but found as we entered the trailhead, it became calm and much warmer. 

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Snow-capped Grays 14er and Squaretop Mountain peaks shimmer across an expansive meadow as we meander through pines alongside Geneva Creek. 

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From the start of our hike, we encountered numerous moose tracks in the snow, often crossing our path. Spotting moose is a frequent 0ccourance on the trail, and we were anticipating spotting one. Excited! However, it did not occur. 

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Once away from the peak views, it became a tree-lined path to wide meadow clearings and back to pines again — a peaceful winter hike. The trail was well packed down, so microspikes were sufficient for us.

Note: Due to previous or ongoing weather conditions, some sections may be more challenging to navigate in winter, especially in meadow areas where the trail could be lost due to winds tossing snow across the path. 

Know what to expect in winter when hiking in Colorado > Winter weather conditions, gear, and clothing

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TIDBITS

5.5 miles

Rated: Moderate

The trailhead is located 0.2 miles west of the Abyss/Burning Bear East Trailhead parking area on Park County Rd #62 (most widely known as  Guanella Pass). 

Restroom at Burning Bear Campground (closed in winter)

Open to Horses, Biking, and Hiking

Dogs on leash, ok.

South Park Ranger District

Pike National Forest

 

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