Stormy Peaks Trail

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Stormy Peaks Trail (#980)

The trail follows a moraine for more than a mile and then begins rising to provide spectacular views of Pingree Park and the Mummy Range. The trail crosses almost a mile of the Comanche Peak Wilderness before reaching the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail continues and connects with the backcountry systems of the park. A favorite route of backpackers involves being dropped at the Stormy Peaks trailhead, hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park over Stormy Peaks Pass, and exiting via the North Fork Trail (#929) to be picked up at the Dunraven Trailhead. Stormy Peaks trailhead accommodates approximately 7 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. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock. 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: None
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 17.5 miles to the trailhead located a few hundred feet south of the entrance to the Pingree Park campus of Colorado State University.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Stormy Peaks trailhead accommodates approximately 7 vehicles.

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

Stormy Peaks trailhead accommodates approximately 7 vehicles.

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

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
  • Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined
  • Certified weed-free hay is required for stock In Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Permit required for overnight camping in park
  • Check with park for other regulations

Access: 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 17.5 miles to the trailhead located a few hundred feet south of the entrance to the Pingree Park campus of Colorado State University.

Trail Information: The trail follows a moraine for more than a mile and then begins rising to provide spectacular views of Pingree Park and the Mummy Range. The trail crosses almost a mile of the Comanche Peak Wilderness before reaching the northern border of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail continues and connects with the backcountry trail system of the park. A favorite route of backpackers involves being dropped at the Stormy Peaks trailhead, hiking through Rocky Mountain National Park over Stormy Peaks Pass at well over 11,000 feet, and exiting via the North Fork Trail (#929) to be picked up at its trailhead on Dunraven Glade Road.

Stats

  • Trail Measurement: 3.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 403230N
  • Compass Longitude: 1053620W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.5416494
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.6055561
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,755 to 3,170
  • Elevation in Feet: 9,040 to 10,400

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  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    3.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    403230N
  • Compass Longitude
    1053620W
  • Numeric Latitude
    40.5416494
  • Numeric Longitude
    -105.6055561
  • Elevation in Feet
    9,040 to 10,400
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,755 to 3,170
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