Fish Creek Trail

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Fish Creek Trail (#993)

Almost a mile from the start at either end of Fish Creek Trail, it enters the Comanche Peak Wilderness. Much of the trail in the wilderness is in lodgepole pine forest and follows along the banks of Fish Creek. There are several meadows plus slopes of mountain mahogany where the trail may not be clearly visible, so rock cairns have been placed to indicate the trail. Because of the narrow and steep drainage, legal campsites are very limited.

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. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
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, travel 26 miles, and turn left on County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Fish Creek Trail can be accessed from two locations. Either travel 8.5 miles to a trailhead on the Pingree Park Road or continue on another 7.5 miles to Forest Road 145. Turn right, pass Tom Bennett Campground, and travel 2 miles to a trailhead just before entering Sky Ranch.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Fish Creek Trail may be accessed from two locations. The trailhead off County Road 63E accommodates 4 vehicles. (See trail directions for second access location.)

Fire Information Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Comanche Peak 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: Moderate

Horse Riding

Fish Creek Trail may be accessed from two locations. The trailhead off County Road 63E accommodates 4 vehicles. (See trail directions for second access location.)

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

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 6.3 Miles One Way
  • Compass Latitude: 371240N
  • Compass Longitude: 1064222W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.211119
  • Numeric Longitude: -106.7061458
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,402 to 2,780
  • Elevation in Feet: 7,880 to 9,120

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    6.3 Miles One Way
  • Compass Latitude
    371240N
  • Compass Longitude
    1064222W
  • Numeric Latitude
    37.211119
  • Numeric Longitude
    -106.7061458
  • Elevation in Feet
    7,880 to 9,120
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,402 to 2,780
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