Last Chance For Byers Peak

Last Chance For Byers Peak

As we near the end of August, there’s a few things left on the summer calendar up here in Winter Park that must get accomplished.  One of them is hitting the top of our iconic mountain here in the Fraser Valley – Byers Peak. Byers Peak is named after William Byers, the founder of Colorado’s first newspaper – the Rocky Mountain News.  He was also the first mayor of nearby Hot Sulpher Springs.  Byers sits at 12,810 feet and is about a 7 mile round trip day hike.  “They” say it’s accessible from June to November, but “they” may not realize that we’ll likely get some snow next month!  So, it’s time to lace up my boots.

It’s been a while since I’ve climbed Byers.  One used to be able to drive directly to the trailhead.  These days, you start on a rocky road and head UP for 1.8 miles to the trailhead.  That first part is tough.  Many people take their mountain bike and ride up to the official trailhead.  Conveniently, there’s a bike rack at that trailhead and plenty of shade to take a little break.   So, lock your bike up and begin the steep, but short climb to the top.  You’ll be glad you did.  The flora and fauna and wildlife you may encounter is wonderful.  The panoramic views atop Byers are well worth it.  Be prepared for the winds to pick up at tree line and pack plenty of water and some snacks to enjoy at the top.  If you’re feeling real adventurous, on your way back down at tree line, take a left turn and hike up neighboring Bottle Peak.  It doesn’t add too much to your day. Aside from those majestic views, my second favorite part:  Riding my mountain bike back DOWN the 1.8 miles of gravel to my car! Next time you’re in the Winter Park/Fraser Valley, consider adding a day hike to the top of Byers and then maybe swing by Real Estate of Winter Park and let me know what you thought!

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Phone: 970-531-1608
Dated: August 23rd 2013
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About Lisa: Realtor Since: 1999 Community: Past president Grand County Board of Realtors (GCBOR); head fund-r...

1 Response

  1. Angie Ochsner

    I'd like an estimate as to the value of my home. It has dropped in value according to the county's appraisal.


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