Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions, U.S. Forest Service-Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland is temporarily closing all National Forest land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer counties. The decision to be re-evaluated daily. SEE CLOSURE ORDER
Panorama Peak is situated in Roosevelt National Forest just east of Estes Park. It is a loop off of the popular out-and-back, Pole Hill. Panorama Peak offers some truly epic stretches of aspen trees, making it a very popular trail during the fall months when the leaves turn from their vibrant green to the glowing gold that Colorado foliage is famous for. This trail will keep you on your toes as you descend from the top of the trail down into a meadow full of wildflowers that provides some incredible views of your surroundings. For a fantastic day of offroading, combine this trail with Solitude Creek and Pole Hill. Run all three trails for a great time close to the Front Range.
Take Highway 36 east out of Estes Park approximately 2.5 miles. Turn left onto CR 122, Pole Hill Road. Follow the winding Pole Hill Road uphill for 1 mile to the trailhead for Pole Hill. Continue on Pole Hill to Waypoint 5 (0.8 miles). Panorama Peak in on the right.
Due to the Cameron Peak forest fire, The USFS has closed the entire Canyon Lakes Ranger District in the Roosevelt National Forest. This trail will likely be closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. A copy of the map for the closure area can be found here.
A quiet day on the trail and did not see another vehicle on Panorama Peak. Surprisingly, we did not see any campers along the trail either. The weather was beautiful and the temperature was mild for a summer's afternoon. The trail was dry and dusty in spots.
Pole Hill Loop is my quick go to when Family and Friends come to visit. It's an easy trail with some areas that will excite visitors that are not used to wheeling. The first 1/2 mile or so has the most technical part of the trail with some pretty good rock obstacles to play with, when my TJ Rubicon was stock it handled this trail easily with 30" tires. The rest of the trail is mainly dirt trail, you will have some epic Colorado views and perfect spots for a picnic. You can do it in an hour if you don't want to stop and check out Mother Nature. You will go back down the technical part, that section is 2 way traffic so remember trail etiquette...
Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the Trailsoffroad.com community furthers that goal as well.
A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg