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Bonanza Peak at Spring Mt Range

Bonanza peak is one of my favorites hikes. It almost entirely consists of a trail that's steep enough for a very good workout while providing great panoramic views.

Distance: 10 miles - round trip

Elevation gain: 2,800 feet

Elevation Peak: 10,400 feet

Time: ~ 6 hrs

Difficulty level: 4, challenging

Pace level: 3, mid

Scrambling: none

Danger level: 2, maybe more due to snow

I t is recommended that you have done a hike of this level before you attempt this one. However, you can't get better at hiking unless you try something more difficult. This in-and-out and almost all well defined trail hike offers much flexibility for our group member's capabilities. Thus, we can open it to people of class 3 intermediate level to attempt to try this hike.  If you're a fast hiker or even slow for that matter, bring lots of patience This is a good chance people to improve and condition your hiking abilities!

Once we reach the saddle the workout and the hike will almost be to an end (4/5 th), thus we will wait there a good half hour for those that hike at a slower pace. For those that still don't make it up in time before the first group heads to the peak its recommended that they stop there. The rest of the group can hike towards the peak. Any slow hikers and the ones that never make it to the saddle can return back to their cars as they please. You might want to arrange the carpools with people of similar hiking levels or can wait for others to return to the trailhead.

Remember that if you're not used to high elevations or if this is your first high elevation hike of the season,  the hike will be that much more difficult!

This hike is strenuous. Very strong dogs only, No kids.


No whining or bragging.   Obviously, NO BEGINNERS.

Make sure you bring a rain jacket/poncho and a jacket/wind breaker for cooler temps. This is mountain terrain and the weather can be very unstable! One time we tried this we started with an all blue sky and ended up with a good downpour and hail! While some rain won't stop us, the first sound of thunder can call for a quick return.... Also bring many snacks, hat, sunglasses and apply sunscreen.  Don't forget to bring at least 3 liters of liquids and good spirits.

Again, remember:

1. Bring enough water.

2. No trail cutting

3. Know your capabilities

4. Stay with the group as much as possible

5. Leave no trace behind

6. Dogs are under your control.

We will take US 95 N and exit at Cold Creek at the prison. On the drive up to the trailhead we will have the chance to spot wild horses. At the end of the paved road there's a dirt road which has been in good enough shape that you don't need high clearance or a 4x4 vehicle.  High clearance is however preferred since at a couple of spots you will need to go over very slow.  Give a minimum of $7 to your driver and don't have them ask for it.

* this is a social gathering.  You and only you is responsible for your own well being. We are not here to babysit or customize events.  You need to use not only your feet but your heads while out in nature as hiking can be very dangerous!  You need to stay with the group or otherwise mention your intent to do something different!  Organizers are volunteering their time and effort to show you the wonderful area we are surrounded by.

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  • Black-Box M.

    another great Sunday hike. All was good except for today's callouses.

    June 27, 2011

  • Kerri B.

    Thank you Dino for a wonderful hike!!! (Even though both Delaney and I are having a hard time walking today!!!) Also, my Starbucks iced coffee never tasted so good after we were through!!

    June 27, 2011

  • LariAnn

    Fantastic workout, loved it! Thank you Dino once again for a great day.

    June 27, 2011

  • Kim

    Perfect hike on a perfect day. Thanks Dino!

    June 27, 2011

  • Jim T.

    Great weather, nice people, a good pace, fantastic views; Dino your hikes are the best.

    June 27, 2011

  • Sasha S.

    Thanks for organizing this hike, Dino! Fantastic group of hikers. Pushing my limits and enjoying every minute!

    June 27, 2011

  • Dawnetta M.

    Thanks for a great hike today, needed it!!!!! Sorry did not stay for the banana bread Carrie, maybe next time, I had a date with the Jacuzzi.

    June 27, 2011

  • Brian

    Nice tree-lined trail. Cool & Shady

    June 26, 2011

  • Taz

    A+ experience, thanks

    June 26, 2011

  • Thomas M.

    Grrrreat to mosey on up with you and the group, Pa. Hoss and Little Joe were really cool too. Outstanding views and a really good trail make me want to Cart myself Wright on up there again someday. Thanks again Dino, err I mean Ben!!!

    June 26, 2011

  • Kiwi A.

    Perfect Sunday stroll with Charlie:-)....Thanks Dinomite..he he he he!
    * Original Angel:-)))))

    June 26, 2011

  • Dino

    great day, great hike and great rehydration, thanks to all of those that stayed behind at the peak and went down as a group.

    June 26, 2011

  • Rick

    We signed the register at Bonanza Peak last week, and then overnighted at Wood Spring further on down the trail...luckily, water was gushing out of the spring for us! Great hike.

    June 26, 2011

  • Dino

    cool thanks Jane! The road I take is pretty passable also

    June 24, 2011

  • Jane

    I hiked Willow Peak via the Bonanza trail yeaterday. There is no snow on the trail. There is a dead horse just off the trail around the 2 mile mark that smells for several yards.
    Fallen trees start around 2.6 miles up to the saddle but pose no significant obstacle.

    1 · June 22, 2011

  • Kerri B.


    1 · June 22, 2011

  • Dino

    not much exposure but one can always tumble down the mnt if not careful. Footing is good since its mostly a dirt trail. However as stated, there might be snow.

    June 22, 2011

  • mary

    Is there a lot of exposure on this trail? And how is the footing for dogs? Thanks

    June 21, 2011

  • Dino

    I will be at the Starbucks just south of the meeting area on Durango & Elkhorn around 7:15 for those that want to join me

    June 19, 2011

  • Black-Box M.

    Dino - I appreciate your stressing not to trail-cut. Jumping off the defined trail can scar the wild very quickly.

    June 12, 2011

  • Dino

    carpooling is rarely a problem. Its better to carpool with people of similar hiking levels

    June 10, 2011

  • Letty Kimes (silly a.

    Only 57 SWITCHBACKS to be exact !!

    June 5, 2011

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