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The Best Backpacking in Montrose County

Looking for the best backpacking in Montrose County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Montrose County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Montrose County

  • Crawford, Colorado

    Warner Route

    4.33 mi / 3228 ft gain
    Warner Route is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Montrose, Colorado.
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  • Mesa County, Colorado

    Backpack along the Gunnison River in the Dominguez-Escalante NCA

    5.0
    3.4 mi
    If you're looking to take your first backpacking adventure, but want something that is manageable yet thrilling, this is what you're looking for. Located along the Gunnison River in Western Colorado, the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation area is easy to access yet full of adventure and be...
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  • Mesa County, Colorado

    Big Dominguez Canyon

    12.1 mi / 1266 ft gain
    Big Dominguez Canyon is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Whitewater, Colorado.
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  • Gunnison, Colorado

    Alpine Trail to Big Blue Campground

    14.15 mi / 3878 ft gain
    Alpine Trail to Big Blue Campground is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Cimarron, Colorado.
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  • Cedaredge, Colorado

    Run the Crag Crest Loop

    4.0
    10.4 mi / 1500 ft gain
    The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile loop that takes runners over one of the highest points on Grand Mesa. When traveling in a clockwise direction, the trail traverses a narrow rocky ridge for 5-miles before descending into the dense pine forest below. Grand Mesa's trails are less maintained due to ...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Blue Lakes Trail

    5.0
    8.81 mi / 2635 ft gain
    Your adventure begins at the Blue Lakes Trailhead, elevation 9400’, in Uncompahgre National Forest. Take CO-62 from Ridgway toward Telluride, turn left onto Ouray County Road 7, and follow it into the national forest to the end of the road. Just past the trailhead, the trail splits; be sure to ...
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  • Lake City, Colorado

    Backpack to Wetterhorn Basin

    13 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This trip is for the lover of solitude and the appreciator of the unscathed backcountry. Wetterhorn Basin is in the heart of the beautiful San Juan Mountain range in Southwestern Colorado.With a 4WD high clearance vehicle start at the West Cimarron Trailhead at 10,750 feet (38.1117N -107.5533W),...
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  • Ouray, Colorado

    Backpack to Dragon's Back via Horsethief Trail

    5.0
    16 mi / 3520 ft gain
    The Uncompahgre Wilderness stretches out through the mountains and forests of southwestern Colorado, with worn trails lingering beside abandoned 19th-century mines and crossing old alpine sheep pastures. Dragon's Back is the unofficial name for Point 12,968', a small but beautiful summit at the b...
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  • Powderhorn, Colorado

    Big Blue Trail

    22.37 mi / 3586 ft gain
    Big Blue Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Lake City, Colorado.
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Sneffels Highline Trail

    12.32 mi / 4432 ft gain
    Sneffels Highline Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Bear Creek, Wasatch, and Bridal Veil Trails Loop

    15.12 mi / 4390 ft gain
    Bear Creek, Wasatch, and Bridal Veil Trails Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Ridgway, Colorado

    Running to Grizzly Bear Mine

    Bear Creek Trail, which leads to Grizzly Mine, is located just 2 miles outside of Ouray, Colorado on Highway 550 immediately following the first tunnel. There's two parking lots, a large one and a small one, the trail leads from the small parking lot over the tunnel and highway. There are no bath...
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  • Telluride, Colorado

    Alta to Sunshine Trail

    7.42 mi / 1808 ft gain
    Alta to Sunshine Trail is an out-and-back trail located near Telluride, Colorado.
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  • Ophir, Colorado

    Columbine Lake via Oscars Pass

    8.54 mi / 4003 ft gain
    Columbine Lake via Oscars Pass is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Ophir, Colorado.
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  • Somerset, Colorado

    Beckwith Bench Trail

    12.18 mi / 2605 ft gain
    Beckwith Bench Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Somerset, Colorado.
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