Colorado's Gore Range divides Summit and Eagle Counties and the resort towns of Dillon and Frisco on the eastern side of the range along with Vail on the west. With convenient trailheads, easy access from both sides of the range and mountain locals who ranks as some of the most active in the nation, you’d expect the Gore to be crowded. After all, the hiking and backpacking is spectacular and most of the range has been protected with a federal Wilderness designation. Meaning, of course, that the Gore is about as close to pristine as anyplace on the planet.
But the reality is that as spectacular as these mountains are, they get surprising little use compared to many recreation areas in the state. Because of this, it’s worth taking a second look at this jagged and spectacular range. And the best way to get up close and personal with the high peaks, alpine lakes and babbling streams of the Gore is to throw on a backpack and make a night – or two of it. Add in the opportunity to hike across the range from Summit to Eagle counties (using a car shuttle), and you have a moderately challenging weekend trip that can be done by those who haven’t spent much time backpacking in Colorado’s great outdoors.
Topographic maps, trail conditions and more information can be obtained from the US Forest Service’s regional offices. For the east side of the Gore, contact the Dillon Ranger District. For trails on the west side of the range, contact the Holy Cross Ranger District.
Dillon Ranger District
680 River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498 Phone: 970-468-5400
Holy Cross Ranger District
P.O. Box 190, 24747 US HWY 24
Minturn, CO, 81645 Phone: 970-827-5715