Mt. Victoria

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Trail Stats & Info

RT length 6.2 miles
Elevation gain 2,625 feet
Difficulty moderate-strenuous
(due to steepness)
Lowest elevation 9,150 feet
Highest elevation 11,775 feet
Trail type out & back
Trails Illustrated Map™ # 108
Restrooms @ TH? yes
Mt. Victoria Summit

Directions

From I-70, take exit 201. Drive south from I-70 and right after passing under the bridge, turn right into a parking lot for the Vail-Breckenridge bike path. Park here and the entrance to the bike path is southwest of the parking lot.


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Mt. Victoria Com TowerBoy was this hike steep! If you’re near Lake Dillon and wanting to get a good leg workout in, this hike’s for you! You’ll definitely see a lot of cyclists getting geared up in the parking lot, but don’t let that deter you from hiking this trail. From the parking lot, you need to walk on the bike path for a short distance south to get to the “Mt. Royal” trailhead. This is the start also for Mt. Victoria. The beginning of the hike starts off with a gradual uphill, but shortly thereafter, it really starts to get steep and doesn’t flatten out for awhile. You’ll pass 2 forks in the trail and stay to the left. After about a mile and a half, you’ll come up to another fork. Go straight here, if you take a right, then you’ll end up at the top of Mt. Royal, which is a about a 4 mile round trip hike. Most people on the trail will be heading to Mt. Royal. For Mt. Victoria, keep trekking up the hill. After hiking up further, you’ll finally get to a old cabin ruin and from there a vista point where you can see views of Buffalo Mtn. and the Gore Range. Take a break here, as the trail continues to climb. In the spring, you’ll encounter some large snow fields as you’re on the north slope, so try to stay with the trail, but ultimately you’re going straight up the hill, slightly more on the eastern slope. Keep following the trail and eventually you’ll get to a ridge with some Bristlecone Pine trees and views of a communications building and Mt. Victoria, which is the broad bump just above treeline. Just behind Mt. Victoria is Peak 1. After passing the communications building, you’ll reach treeline and follow the trail all the way to Mt. Victoria which has a large cairn on the summit. If you’re really gung ho, you can keep going to Peak 1. From here you can see amazing views of Lake Dillon, the Continental Divide to the east, including Grays and Torreys Peaks, and the Gore Range to the north, including Buffalo Mtn. and Red Peak.

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