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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.
|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.|
The Big South trailhead accommodates approximately 19 vehicles.
- Trail Measurement: 10.4 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 403355N
- Compass Longitude: 1054732W
- Numeric Latitude: 40.5652601
- Numeric Longitude: -105.7922305
- Elevation in Meters: 2,572 to 2,910
- Elevation in Feet: 8,440 to 9,550
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