Zimmerman Trail

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Zimmerman Trail (#940)

The Zimmerman Trail lies north and south of the Crown Point Road and is mostly within the Comanche Peak Wilderness. The 2.5 mile southern section of the trail gains about 600 feet of elevation before ending at the Flowers Trail (#939).The northern section of the Zimmerman Trail descends about 1,000 feet through the forest for three miles to an open meadow. The trail crosses Sheep Creek and meets the mile-long Sheep Creek Cutoff Trail that ascends to Forest Road 142, Black Hollow Road. Zimmerman Trail north beyond this point has not been maintained and is mostly overgrown. There is no access from the Zimmerman Trail to the Poudre Canyon due to private land. Zimmerman trailhead accommodates approximately 12 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.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources on north section of trail only
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 5 miles to Forest Road 139, Crown Point Road. Turn right and travel to the end of the road, 19 miles.

Horse Riding

Zimmerman trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.

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

Backpacking and Day Hiking

Zimmerman trailhead accommodates approximately 12 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


  • Trail Measurement: 7.1 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 403808N
  • Compass Longitude: 1054530W
  • Numeric Latitude: 40.635537
  • Numeric Longitude: -105.7583396
  • Elevation in Meters: 3,086
  • Elevation in Feet: 10,125

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