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Searle Pass is located south of Copper Mountain. Searle Pass provides access into the beautiful and little used back country area between Vail and Fremont Pass. It is an easy walk up a 4 WD road for one mile, following Searle Gulch. After this point, however, the hiking becomes more difficult as the road ends and you must find your own route through the willow thickets to the summit of Searle Pass (12,200'). An outstanding view of the Gore Range to the north, and the Tenmile Range to the southeast, rewards the hiker at the top.

Directions: From Beaver Creek, Follow I-70 28 miles east to the Copper Mountain Exit, (#195) and turn toward Copper Mountain. Follow Highway 91 south, 3.7 miles past Copper Mountain Ski Area. Turn right onto the paved public access road. Continue 1 miles then take the right fork onto the gravel road and continue 3.3 miles to the signed trailhead.

Elevation: 10,800 feet

Ending Elevation: 12,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet

Distance: 3.0 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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White River National Forest, Colorado

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