Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off Trail

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The Beaver Reservoir Cut-Off Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 400722N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053106W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1227635
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5183322
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,763
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,065

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Green Mountain Trail

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Green Mountain Trail #719

The Green Mountain Trail #719 is a popular route for hikers, horseback and ATV use.  It begins not far from the Visitor’s Center on Hay Park Road, FSR #129 and continues across the Grand Mesa until it comes to an end near Bailey Reservoir. It travels through oak brush, aspen stands and spruce/fir forests.

Open Season: June – October
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Fall Hunting – Heavy
Restrictions: Open to Hiking, Horseback, Mountain Bike, and OHVs less than 50″ in width.
Closest Towns: Hotchkiss, CO

Directions:

WESTERN ACCESS::
From Trickle Park Road, FSR #121, travel approximately 1.5 miles south on the Hay Park Road, FSR #129 to the Western Green Mountain Trailhead.  At this location, Ryan Reservoir is located on the west side of the road and the trailhead is located on the opposite (east) side of the Hay Park Road.

EASTERN ACCESS:
Travel north 3.5 miles from Cedaredge on Highway 65 to its intersection with County Road U50.  Turn right (east) onto County Road U50 and travel 6.5 miles east and north to its intersection with the southeastern Grand Mesa National Forest Boundary.  The Green Mountain Trail intersects the Surface Creek Road, FSR #125.1 approximately 0.5 miles north of the Forest Boundary.  The Green Mountain Trail intersection with the Surface Creek Road is marked with a 4X4 engraved trail post.

Parking:

WESTERN  TRAILHEAD:
Off of the Hay Park Road, FSR #129.  T.  12S.,  R.  94W.,  Sec.  8.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Grand Mesa.

SURFACE CREEK INTERSECTION:
Off Surface Creek Road, FSR #125.1.  T.  12S.,  R.  94W.,  Sec.  14.  U.S.G.S. Map:  Leon Peak.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 15.51 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°41'26.3"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°09'09.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.690630
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.152488
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,682 to 3,048
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,800 to 10,000

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Rainbow Lakes Trail

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Rainbow Lakes Trailhead

Located east of the Rainbow Lakes Campground, this newly constructed trailhead provides access to the Rainbow Lakes and Arapaho Glacier Trails inside the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

Vehicle access to this trailhead is seasonal.

Permit Info: This trailhead accesses the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping permits required for all overnight trips between June 1 and September 15. Overnight permits cost $5 per group, per trip from June 1 through September 15.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round. Day-hiking permits are free.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 (people and livestock combined).

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Nederland, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets at trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service

Directions:

From Nederland, head west on Colorado Highway 72 for approximately seven miles. Look for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station sign and turn west onto National Forest System Road 298. This route is gated during the winter. This road is a five-mile, native-surfaced road. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400044N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053444W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0122089
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5788894
  • Elevation in Meters: 3048
  • Elevation in Feet: 10000

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Blue Lake Trail

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Blue Lake Trail (#959)

The first two miles of the trail follows an old wagon trail crossing footbridges over Joe Wright Creek and Fall Creek before entering the Rawah Wilderness. The trail continues to climb toward Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Blue Lake, which is five miles from the trailhead, is a very popular destination or turn-around point. Both lakes are surrounded and protected by a ¼-mile camping closure zone. A short 2.4 mile climb to the north past Blue Lake and a descent to a junction with West Branch trail (#960) allow easy access to Island and Carey Lakes, the Rawah trail (#961), Twin Crater Lakes, and Grassy Pass. Backpackers often arrange shuttles, entering by the Blue Lake trail and leaving via the West Branch or Rawah trails. The Blue Lake trailhead accommodates approximately approximately 14 vehicles.

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined. Closure Regulations: ¼ mile closure zone around Blue and Hang Lakes. Alpine area closure, stoves only above 10,800 feet elevation (tree line). Stock and pack animals are prohibited between May 15th and September 15th. Between September 16th and May 14th overnight stock use is prohibited.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 54 miles west to the Blue Lake trailhead parking lot on the right, located across the highway from Forest Road 156, Long Draw Road.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Hike for about 5 miles to enjoy the popular Blue Lake, near timberline. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Mummy Range in the distance, and maybe cooled by afternoon shadows created by the nearby Medicine Bow Mountains. The trail proceeds beyond Blue Lake to above timberline. Be sure to watch for mountain thunderstorms! The Blue Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 14 vehicles.

Fire Information Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Portions of this trail prohibit campfires including ¼-mile around Blue and Hang Lakes and above 10,800 feet. Where allowed campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This popular trail offers a long but pleasant ski or snowshoe trip to a high mountain lake. Park at the Blue Lake Trailhead along Colorado Highway 14. The trail leaves immediately from the west corner of the parking lot by the large informational display. The trail inside the wilderness can be difficult to find occasionally because it is not permanently marked beyond the wilderness boundary (reached at about the 2.5 mile mark). Follow the Blue Lake drainage to the lake from where it crosses the trail to avoid avalanche hazards along the summer route. Beware of avalanche danger above Blue Lake.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 7.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400510N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053532W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0860972
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5922237
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,901 to 3,358
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,520 to 11,020

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Guinn Mountain Ski Trail

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The Guinn Mountain Ski Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 395608N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053754W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.9355427
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6316688
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,154
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,348

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Red Deer Cut-Off Trail

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  • Trail Measurement:
  • Compass Latitude: 400832N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053607W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.1422078
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6019465
  • Elevation in Meters: 3033
  • Elevation in Feet: 9951

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Bluebird Lake Trail

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  • Trail Measurement: 12.6 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 40°12'06.0"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°36'13.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.201667
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.603767
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,590 to 3,346
  • Elevation in Feet: 8,500 to 10,978

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Isabelle Glacier Trail

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Follow the Pawnee Pass Trail as it climbs gradually for two miles through wooded terrain and into the Indian Peaks Wilderness. The trail travels from Long Lake to Lake Isabelle, which sits just below the tree line. At Lake Isabelle, follow the Isabelle Glacier Trail along the north side of Lake Isabelle.

The trail grows steeper as it nears Isabelle Glacier, the source of the South Saint Vrain Creek. The Isabelle Glacier Trail ends finally beside Isabelle Glacier in a very steep-walled cirque basin framed by Shoshone, Apache, and Navajo Peaks.

Fees Brainard Lake Recreation Area fees apply during the summer operating season (typically mid/late-June through late September) $1 per person for walk- or bike-in; $10 for a 3-day pass; $55 for a season pass; Interagency Annual, Senior or Access passes, Golden Age and Golden Access passes accepted.
Permit Info: This trail lies within the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone of the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area:

  • Camping is prohibited in the Four Lakes Backcountry Zone from May 1 through November 30.
  • Organized groups are required to have a permit for both camping and day-hiking year round.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Indian Peak Wilderness restrictions apply:

  • Camping is prohibited on this trail from May 1 through Nov 30.
  • Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Pets must be on a hand-held leash at all times.
  • Campfires prohibited.
  • Campsites must be at least 100 feet away from water and trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12.
  • Packstock (horses, llamas etc.) are prohibited.

Fishing and hunting: permitted in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

Closest Towns: Ward, Colorado
Water: Lakes and streams; treat water for drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilets at Long Lake Trailhead
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301

Directions:

From Colorado Highway 72 at Ward, turn west onto the Brainard Lake Road. Travel 2.5 miles to the entrance portal, and continue another three miles to Long Lake Trailhead.

Day Hiking

This trail is within the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area. It diverges from the Pawnee Pass trail at Lake Isabelle, where the Isabelle Glacier Trail heads west along the north side of Lake Isabelle. It climbs gradually past Lake Isabelle, quickly growing steeper beyond the lake. The Isabelle Glacier Trail ends finally beside Isabelle Glacier in a very steep-walled cirque basin framed by Shoshone, Apache, and Navajo Peaks.

Fire Information Campfires are prohibited year-round.
Elevation desc This trail climbs steeply, gaining 1,500 feet in 2.1 miles
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Area/Length :
Long Lake Trailhead to: Long Lake – 0.2 miles; Lake Isabelle – 2.1 miles; Isabelle Glacier – 4.2 mil

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400404N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053736W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0677641
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6266692
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,200 to 3,657
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,500 to 12,000

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Saddle Rock Trail

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Saddle Rock Trail begins at the Visitor Center and climbs 435 feet (133 m) in 1.6 miles (2.6 km). The first third of the trail is relatively level from the Visitor Center to Scott’s Spring. From here, the trail climbs rapidly most of the 435 feet (133 m) in 0.8 miles (1.3 km).

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 1.1 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°59'50.6"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°17'37.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.997399
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.293597
  • Elevation in Meters: 133
  • Elevation in Feet: 435

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Brainard Lake Trail

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Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 2.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 400454N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053415W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.0816528
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.5708339
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,154
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,348

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