McIntyre Creek Trail (#996)

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The McIntyre Creek Trail is accessed via the McIntyre Trail (#966) which enters the Rawah Wilderness and begins with a mile-long traverse to McIntyre Creek before beginning a 4-mile ascent to an area known as Housmer Park. The McIntyre Creek Trail travels south from Housmer Park and ascends steeply to join the Medicine Bow Trail after passing through a seldom-hiked, boggy area near beaver dams and ponds. Horseback riders and outfitters frequently use the McIntyre Creek Trail especially during hunting season.

Usage: Light
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. Certified weed-free hay is required. Alpine Closure: Fires are prohibited above 10,800’ (tree line).
Closest Towns: Red Feather Lakes, Rustic, Laramie, WY
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Note: access to this trail, is via the McIntyre Trail (#966). Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 52 miles to County Road 103, Laramie River Road. Turn right and travel north about 16 miles to County Road 80C, Glendevey Road. Turn left and travel about 3 miles to the Link and McIntyre trailhead parking on the left just past the Browns Park Campground.

Day Hiking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah Wilderness Area, where 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: Most Difficult

Backpacking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah Wilderness Area, where 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: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Loading Ramp no
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Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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Dunraven Trail

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Dunraven Trailhead

This trail remains open to Bulwark Ridge Trail (#928-1) from this graveled parking lot. You will find room for 23 vehicles and a vault toilet.

Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Glen Haven, Estes Park
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets

Directions: Travel on U.S. Highway 34 west of Loveland to Drake. Turn right on County Road 43, Glen Haven Road, and continue for 6 miles to Dunraven Glade Road. Turn right and travel 3 miles to the trailhead parking lot at the end of this gravel road.

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Lawn Lake Trail

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The Lawn Lake Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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North Fork Trail

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North Fork Trail (#929)

This trail crosses through the Comanche Peak Wilderness and into Rocky Mountain National Park. From the parking area the trail drops into a canyon and follows the North Fork of the Big Thompson for several miles. Bridges have been placed at some of the stream crossings. The trail briefly passes through the private Cheley Camp, please do not trespass. Before the trail departs from the river it passes through large open meadows with historic cabins, commonly known as Deserted Village and then ascends to the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. Access the North Fork Trail from the Dunraven trailhead graveled parking lot. You will find room room for 23 vehicles and a vault toilet.

Wilderness: Comanche Peak One-way
Length: 4.3 miles
Beginning Elevation: 7,990 feet
Peak Elevation: 8,970 feet

Difficulty Rating: moderate
Use: very heavy Quadrangle
Maps: Glen Haven and Estes Park

Access: Travel on U.S. Highway 34 west of Loveland to Drake. Turn right on County Road 43, Glen Haven Road, and continue for 6 miles to Dunraven Glade Road. Turn right and travel 3 miles to the trailhead parking lot at the end of this gravel road. Proceed on foot through private property on Trails End Road until the end of the Cheley Camp, please do not trespass. The accessible portion of the trail begins here. Trail is temporarily inaccessible to stock animals.

Trail Information: Starting at the end of the private Cheley Camp the trails follows the North Fork of the Big Thompson River. After the trail departs from the river, it rises above a large open meadow with historic cabins, commonly known as Deserted Village and then ascends to the border of Rocky Mountain National Park. A favorite route for backpackers involves being dropped at the North Fork trailhead, hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park, and exiting via the Stormy Peaks Trail (#980) to be picked up at its trailhead near the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University. Permits are required for overnight stays in Rocky Mountain National Park and no dogs are allowed.

Trail Regulations

  • Dogs must be on a hand held leash General Wilderness Regulations
  • No motorized or mechanized equipment
  • Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations
  • Camping allowed only in designated sites
  • No campfires – stoves only

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Wind River Trail

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Emmaline Lake Trail

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Emmaline Lake Trail (#945)

The first 2 miles of the trail follows a road that skirts the northwest side of the Pingree Park Campus of Colorado State University and is bordered on both sides by private land. The trail then leads to a junction with the Mummy Pass Trail (#937) about 2.5 miles from the trailhead. At about 3 miles, the trail enters Cirque Meadow, a popular destination for hikers and backpackers. It then enters the wilderness and travel zone, and ascends to a closure zone around Emmaline Lake and Cirque Lake. Emmaline Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 4 vehicles.

Usage: Light
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. Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations: Camping allowed only in designated sites. No campfires – stoves only. Stock use 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 26 miles to County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Turn left and travel 16 miles to Forest Road 145. Turn right, pass Tom Bennett Campground, and look left for the rough ½-mile road leading to the Emmaline Lake/Mummy Pass trailhead. Parking at the beginning of the road and hiking the extra ½-mile may be preferable due to the primitive condition of the road.

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Lily Mountain Trail

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Lily Mountain Trail (#933)

The trail is relatively level for the first mile then begins a series of switchbacks toward the summit. Near the top of the trail, signs point the way; small rock cairns have been placed to indicate the short scrambling route through some boulders to the summit. At a point where the trail appears to split, the lower route leads to a saddle area below the summit. The saddle and the summit offer panoramic views including Longs Peak and much of the Continental Divide, sights around the Estes Valley with much of the city of Estes Park and Mary’s Lake and Lake Estes, Twin Sisters Peaks, Lion Head, Rocky Mountain National Park, Storm Mountain, and the Mummy Range. Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Regulations: No motorized or mechanized equipment. Horses and stock are not allowed. In Rocky Mountain National Park, dogs are prohibited. Permit required for overnight camping in park. Check with park for other regulations.
Closest Towns: Estes Park
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Take Colorado Highway 7 south from Estes Park 5.8 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is limited roadside parking. Visitors may also park at the Lily Lake parking lot, ¼ mile to the south, and walk back along the highway to the trail.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

This trail climbs gradually, through lodgepole pine forest and passes by interesting rock outcroppings. Fabulous view to the the high Rocky Mountain National Parks peaks, Estes Park, Twin Sisters Peaks, and more reward the hiker. Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)

Fire Information  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 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

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Lily Mountain trailhead has limited roadside parking. (See trail directions.)

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North Lone Pine Trail

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North Lone Pine Trail (#953)

The trail is relatively level at the beginning then ascends along North Lone Pine Creek. It passes a Forest Service experimental station plot, crosses the stream twice, and junctions with two old logging roads near some clear cuts before skirting east of North Bald Mountain and Middle Bald Mountain. Most of the trail is in mixed forest of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and aspen. There are views of Red Feather Lakes and South Bald Mountain before the trail ends at Forest Road 517. Less than one half mile west on road 517, the south end of Killpecker Trail (#956) can be accessed. North Lone Pine trailhead accommodates approximately 5 vehicles.

One-way Length: 4.7 miles
Beginning Elevation: 9,400 feet
Peak Elevation: 10,720 feet
Difficulty Rating: moderate
Use: light
Quadrangle Map: South Bald Mountain

Access: Travel 22 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Livermore, and turn left on County Road 74E, Red Feather Lakes Road. Continue west past the community of Red Feather onto the gravel County Road 162, Deadman Road. Travel another 4.2 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left.

Trail Information: The trail is relatively level at the beginning then ascends along North Lone Pine Creek. It passes a Forest Service experimental station plot, crosses the stream twice, and junctions with two old logging roads near some clear cuts before skirting east of North Bald Mountain and Middle Bald Mountain. Most of the trail is in mixed forest of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and aspen. There are views of Red Feather Lakes and South Bald Mountain before the trail ends at Forest Road 517. Less than one half mile west on road 517, the south end of Killpecker Trail (#956) can be accessed. Establishing a shuttle for the three mile distance between the North Lone Pine and Killpecker trailheads on Deadman Road allows a loop hiking route using both trails.

Trail Regulations

  • No motorized vehicles
  • Certified weed-free hay is required for stock
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Regulations: No motorized vehicles. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Red Feather Lakes
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

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Travel 22 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Livermore, and turn left on County Road 74E, Red Feather Lakes Road. Continue west past the community of Red Feather onto the gravel County Road 162, Deadman Road. Travel another 4.2 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the left.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 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

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Size Restrictions  no
Loading Ramp no
Hitching Rails no
Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Wintersteen Trail

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Big South Trail

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Big South Trail (#944)

The trail enters the Comanche Peak Wilderness a half-mile from the trailhead. Nineteen designated campsites are located in the next 7 miles. Sites are on a first-come basis. The Flowers Trail (#939) intersects from the east shortly before the trail fords the Poudre River. The river crossing is difficult or dangerous depending on the time of year, the amount of runoff, and the water flow controlled by Long Draw Reservoir. The Big South Trail continues south to join the Corral Creek Trail (# 989) with four more designated sites and provides access to Rocky Mountain National Park via the Poudre River Trail. The Big South trailhead accommodates approximately 19 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. Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations: Camping allowed only in designated sites. No campfires – stoves only. Overnight stock use prohibited. In Rocky Mountain National Park: Dogs are prohibited. Permit required for overnight camping in park. Check with park for other regulations.
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 and Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 49 miles west. Trailhead parking is located on the left just before the road crosses a bridge and the Big South Campground.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

River sounds are your constant companion along the Big South trail. For over 7 miles the trail parallels the The Wild and Scenic Corridor of the Cache la Poudre River. In the early season you may see kayakers challenge themselves in the strong currents. Any river crossing is difficult or dangerous depending on the time of year and the water coming out of Long Draw Reservoir. The Big South trailhead accommodates approximately 19 vehicles.

Fire Information This trail is within a Comanche Peak Wilderness Area Travel Zone, which prohibits campfires.
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Horse Riding

The Big South trailhead accommodates approximately 19 vehicles.

Size Restrictions no
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Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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