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

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 4.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 39°24'30.9"N
  • Compass Longitude: 105°10'19.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 39.408587
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.172100
  • Elevation in Meters: 2435 to 2734
  • Elevation in Feet: 7990 to 8970

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    4.3 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    39°24'30.9"N
  • Compass Longitude
    105°10'19.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude
    39.408587
  • Numeric Longitude
    -105.172100
  • Elevation in Feet
    7990 to 8970
  • Elevation in Meters
    2435 to 2734
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