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
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!
Author:Lisa Leclair Waldorf Phone: 970-531-1608 Dated: August 23rd 2013 Views: 7,130 About Lisa: Realtor Since: 1999
Community: Past president Grand County Board of Realtors (GCBOR); head fund-r...
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