Eccles Pass

#26 of 182 trails in White River National Forest
Eccles Pass is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Silverthorne, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October.

11.5 miles 3179 feet Out & Back
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Tracy Busby
7 months ago

35 Completed18 Reviews

Gorgeous trail. It's mostly a gradual climb the entire way. Very worth every minute. Stunning views at the top with lots of room to explore. We saw a beaver, too.

Craig Thomas
8 months ago

34 Completed7 Reviews

Excellent hike... long and satisfying. Dramatic views of the Gore Range; wildflowers in July. A must-hike.

Jeff Montera
10 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

My family and I have been hiking in and around Summit County for years but had only hiked this trail a few years ago in December and never made it to the meadows or the pass. This is now one of our favorite hikes in the area. While the trail is fairly steep from the beginning, the open meadows and views from the pass are well worth the effort. In some respect the views are better than those from Buffalo Mtn, simply because you don't see any civilization from the pass.

We heeded the warnings and wore bug spray, but didn't have any issues. We summitted in just under 3 hours and the return trip was right around 2 hours. The trail gets wet in areas and there are several river crossings, so good boots are recommended. The weather has been warm this week, so very little snow left on the trail. Most/all should be gone in the next 1-2 weeks.

boris gritzka
11 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Lots of bugs in the lower part. Bring your bug spray. Steadily climbing through the woods initially. Second half with more open meadows and views.
After a wet spring here in Colorado we had to cross several fairly shallow snowfields or make our way around them.
We had to find one alternative Creek Crossing because of snow coverage and snowmelt. Total time including one long lunch break and one short stop on the way up 7 ½ hours. Extra time spent navigating snow.
Fun final climb up to Eccles pass and along the crest once on top. Amazing views. Then sliding down on snowfields, lots of fun.
Regular good hiking boots
Lots of wild life.
One of the better hikes.

Megan O'Dell
1 year ago

24 Completed1 Reviews

BRING BUG SPRAY! The mosquitos ate through my pants!!! Other than that malfunction, this hike was great. It was pretty strenuous, since it is almost 3000 ft elevation gain at an already high altitude. The gorgeous views along the way were worth it. The wildflowers were in bloom and made a great setting for lots of pretty photos (see above!). The trail was very rocky, so make sure your shoes are in good condition. There are also some precarious spots along the way where you have to cross the creek on rickety fallen trees, so be careful & don't fall in like I did!

Amy Starbuck
2 years ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Incredible views. Went in October and it had just snowed about 8 inches. A lot of uphill, but very well worth it. We did the trail from Frisco to Silverthorne and it was easily one of the best hikes I've ever done. There is a bus that picks up at the bottom of the trail in Silverthorne that will drop you back in Frisco.

Fernando Martinez
2 years ago

5 Completed5 Reviews

An amazing hike with great views and photo spots. Since it is a very difficult one, I would consider it an strenuous one, you better have comfortable boots or you wont even enjoy the hike. Lots of Wildflowers, willow lakes and one of the best views you will ever get.

Stephanie Cox
3 years ago

39 Completed3 Reviews

Beautiful first camping trip in Colorado!

Robert Alberts
4 years ago

12 Completed9 Reviews

Hiked this in August and the wildflowers were just amazing. Like walking through gods garden. Nice views at the pass. Great spot for lunch.

Stephen Daw
5 years ago

1 Completed4 Reviews

Great hike up to the pass. Great view of the Gore range and Mt Buffalo too.
The meadows are fantastic.