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Killpecker Trail (#956)
The trail leads through a pine forest along Killpecker Creek crossing the stream twice before meeting Forest Road 300, Killpecker Road. The trail resumes south of the road about 100 yards to the east. Forest Road 300 intersects the trail twice again before the trail crests just northwest of Middle Bald Mountain then descends to end at Forest Road 517, Elkhorn Creek/Bald Mountain. The south end of North Lone Pine Trail (#953) can be accessed by going approximately a ½-mile east on road 517. Establishing a shuttle for the 3-mile distance between the Killpecker and North Lone Pine trailheads on Deadman Road may facilitate a loop hiking route using both trails, although motorized vehicles are not allowed on North Lone Pine trail. Killpecker trailhead accommodates approximately 3 vehicles. (no trailer parking)
|Restrictions:||Trail Regulations: Motorcycles and dirt bikes using this trail must have a license plate or be registered as an OHV with Colorado State Parks. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.|
|Closest Towns:||Red Feather Lakes|
|Restroom:||Practice Leave No Trace principles.|
Directions: 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 8 miles to trailhead parking on the left.
Day Hiking and Backpacking
The first part of the trail heads steadily uphill through a pine forest along Killpecker Creek. You will pass through logged-over areas and cross the Killpecker Road several times. The trail skirts the northwest side of Middle Bald Mountain and then intersects with Elkhorn Baldy Road. This trail is open to dirt bikes. Killpecker trailhead accommodates approximately 3 vehicles. (no trailer parking)
|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!|
Killpecker trailhead accommodates approximately 3 vehicles. There is no room for trailers.
Killpecker trailhead accommodates approximately 3 vehicles. (no trailer parking)
- Trail Measurement: 4.4 Miles
- Compass Latitude: 404723N
- Compass Longitude: 1054229W
- Numeric Latitude: 40.7897021
- Numeric Longitude: -105.7080572
- Elevation in Meters: 2,798 to 3,328
- Elevation in Feet: 9,180 to 10,920
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