Blair Mountain

Glenwood Springs, Colorado (Garfield County)

Last Updated: 05/21/2022
5 / 5 ( 4 reviews )
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Highlight: Blair Mountain
Blair Mountain is situated in the White River National Forest, but potentially more known by the region's moniker as the "Flat Tops". Once you find yourself at one of the highest points in this mountainous region of Colorado, you will understand the name. It is comprised of lots of high altitude plateaus, mesas, rolling hills/valleys, and meadows. Its unique geological makeup of being relatively flat at a high altitude allows for an abundance of water retention. There are numerous lakes, ponds, creeks, and marshes along Blair Mountain. Of course with lots of water comes lots of vegetation. This area might be one of the most impressive wildflower displays Colorado has to offer. The actual trail lies on National Forest land that outskirts the Flat Tops Wilderness Area and overlooks the 235,000-acre parcel of land only accessible by foot. In 1919, Arthur Carhart was sent to the area to survey it as a site for summer homes. He was so struck by the landscape that he informed his superiors the land should be set aside, protected, and preserved. He spoke so passionately about the subject that he and the area are credited with sparking the ideas fundamental to the Wilderness Act of 1964. It is for this reason the Flat Tops region is known as “the Cradle of Wilderness”. This track is a technical overlander's dream trail. Its remote location, natural beauty, and plentiful camping/fishing/hiking opportunities will make you want to come back over and over again. Forest Roads jut out in almost every direction, fostering the potential for exploration to be as much or as little as you like. Once you set your wheels on the trail and pitch your tent atop a ridge or by a pristine mountain lake, you may never want to leave.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Blair Mountain's entry point will be a branch off of Coffee Pot Road. Stay left at the fork when you see the sign for 601.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Dotsero, CO or Glenwood Springs, CO

Dotsero will be the closest point if you are heading straight to the trailhead. If you are looking for a bit more time out on the trails, consider starting in Glenwood Springs and going up Transfer Trail, then connect with Blair Mountain. From Dotsero: Start on Coffee Pot Road and take it all the way up until you see signs for Blair Mountain (601) From Glenwood Springs: Start on Transfer Trail and take all the way up. Turn left at the end of Transfer Trail to start Blair Mountain.

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: How severe is the off-camber part of waypoint 12? I'm in a lifted Tundra (3in) so I don't think I'll have any issues on the rocky bits - but a tall heavy vehicle slightly worries me on this bit. Thanks for any info.
–Andy Castillo (05/09/2022)
–John (05/10/2022)

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John

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John is a Colorado native who's been 4 wheeling since he got his first tacoma. His original goal of 4 wheeling was to get back into the campsites the Subarus couldn't quite get to. One trip after another, and now it's pretty much consumed all of his free time. He is currently living in Laporte, CO. When he is not coding for Trails Offroad or 4 wheeling, he also enjoys hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain biking.
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