Loveland Pass Trail |

Loveland Pass Trail

The sunshine and still air begged for a hike along the Continental Divide. That’s what my lovely date and I did. We set out from the parking lot along a well-packed trail to the northwest. We didn’t bother with skis or snowshoes; there wasn’t enough snow. The hike is quick and relatively easy. In no more than 20 minutes, we had regained the ridge that defines the Continental Divide. From Loveland Pass, views are broad both east and west. After this short hike, they broaden even more. North is the highest point in Grand County, 13,553-foot Pettingell Peak, which was named after Jacob N. Pettingell, a county clerk and publisher of the Middle Park Times. To the south, rising up behind Loveland Pass, is a broad and gentle ridge above Arapahoe Basin that leads to Grizzly Peak. From Grizzly, there’s a more challenging route to Grays Peak and then Torreys. Of the 54 peaks in Colorado that surpass 14,000 feet, these are the only two on the Continental Divide. To the left, this ridge swells slightly to the prominence of 13,284-foot Mt. Sniktau. Sniktau – named after an early judge in Clear Creek County – is a relatively easy hike from Loveland Pass.

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