TBT: Hiking Dillon Pinnacles Trail

(Last Updated On: August 10, 2017)

This post is part of a Throwback Thursday series featuring trip reports that we havenโ€™t had a chance to write about until now! Look for them at least every other Thursday!

The Dillon Pinnacles are an obvious and beautiful feature that you pass by when you travel along the Blue Mesa Reservoir on Highway 50. I’ve been awestruck by their sheer beauty for years, and have wanted to hike the trail that leads up to them for quite some time. But, I never actually got around to it until last May.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

There is an obvious trailhead that starts on the north shore of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, near the bridge that crosses over to the south side. From there, it’s easy to find the trail as it follows along the reservoir to the north.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

With the blue reservoir, the green spring foliage, and the sheer pinnacles behind, the hike was beautiful.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Plenty of paintbrush along the way too.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

The trail goes up to a mesa below the Dillon Pinnacles, and then follows alongside them for quite some time, with magnificent views of the Blue Mesa Reservoir below.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

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The trail offers some closer views of the Dillon Pinnacles as well.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

The trail ends at a small loop on the mesa.
Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

Hiking Dillon Pinnacles near the Blue Mesa Reservoir in Colorado.

The Dillon Pinnacles trail is a fairly easy hike that offers great views of the Blue Mesa Reservoir and the beautiful geological formation that bears its name. I’d highly recommend this trail to anyone!

What to know before you go

Dillon Pinnacles Trail is done as an out-and-back and is about 4 miles round trip. The elevation gain is small and relatively gradual, at 650 vertical feet. The best time to hike this trail is in May or September or October. But, Dillon Pinnacles can also easily be accessed in the summer – just hike early or on a cooler day to avoid hot desert temperatures.

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Hiking Dillon Pinnacles Trail
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Hiking Dillon Pinnacles Trail
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Dillon Pinnacles trail is a fairly easy hike that offers great views of the Blue Mesa Reservoir & the beautiful geological formation that bears its name.
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Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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