McIntyre Creek Trail (#996)

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The McIntyre Creek Trail is accessed via the McIntyre Trail (#966) which enters the Rawah Wilderness and begins with a mile-long traverse to McIntyre Creek before beginning a 4-mile ascent to an area known as Housmer Park. The McIntyre Creek Trail travels south from Housmer Park and ascends steeply to join the Medicine Bow Trail after passing through a seldom-hiked, boggy area near beaver dams and ponds. Horseback riders and outfitters frequently use the McIntyre Creek Trail especially during hunting season.

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. Certified weed-free hay is required. Alpine Closure: Fires are prohibited above 10,800’ (tree line).
Closest Towns: Red Feather Lakes, Rustic, Laramie, WY
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Note: access to this trail, is via the McIntyre Trail (#966). Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, and travel 52 miles to County Road 103, Laramie River Road. Turn right and travel north about 16 miles to County Road 80C, Glendevey Road. Turn left and travel about 3 miles to the Link and McIntyre trailhead parking on the left just past the Browns Park Campground.

Day Hiking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah 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: Most Difficult

Backpacking

Fire Information:  Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. This trail is within the Rawah 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: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Loading Ramp no
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Hitching Rails no
Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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North Rim Trail

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The North Rim Trail is a trail located in Colorado.

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South Rim Trail

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Abyss Trail

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The Abyss Lake Trail is a popular hiking trail, which terminates at Abyss Lake. The lake is nestled in a high glacial cirque between Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans. The rocky slopes surrounding the lake are home to bighorn sheep and mountain goats.

The Abyss trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail)  and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.

Operational Hours: Although open year-round, access during the winter may be limited due to snow.
Permit Info: The trailhead has self-issuing permits free of charge. Only one permit per group is required. No personal information is collected, but these permits help document numbers of users to maintain funding.
Open Season: Open year-round
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-October
Busiest Season: June-September
Restrictions: The following restrictions apply to Wilderness areas:

  • Only foot & horse traffic.
  • Groups size is limited to 15 persons and/or 10 pack or saddle animals in any one party.
  • Dogs must be leashed. 
  • No camping or building fire within 100 feet of lakes, streams and forest development trails.
  • Stay on designated trail. Do not cut switchbacks.
  • Pack in; pack out.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Closest Towns: Grant is on the Guanella Pass Road approximately 5.5 miles south.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Appears on the following maps:

  • USGS Quad Mt. Evans
  • Pike National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated #104 (Idaho Springs / Georgetown / Loveland Pass)

Contact the South Platte Ranger District

Directions:

From Denver, drive southwest on US 285 approximately 40 miles to Grant. Turn right (north) onto Park County 62 (towards Guanella Pass). The Abyss Trailhead is approximately 5.5 miles north on the Guanella Pass Road.

General Notes:
No camping allowed in the parking area.

Winter access: The road is plowed for the first 5 miles, meaning this trailhead is the farthest point north where the road is plowed.

Parking:
There is a large parking area for this trailhead.

Accessibility:
The Abyss Trailhead provides access for the Abyss Trail (sometimes referred to as the Scott Gomer trail)  and the Burning Bear Trail within the Mount Evans Wilderness.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike. Connects with the Rosalie Trail.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

Horse Riding

The elevation gain, together with the round trip distance of 18 miles, makes this a strenuous day hike.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Difficult

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing
The trail is not marked with signs but can be used for cross country skiing or snowshoeing.

The first 2 miles are considered easy. The next couple miles are intermediate.

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Camp Lake Trail

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Camp Lake Trail (#960)

Follow the West Branch Trail (#960) for approximately 2.5 miles. The Camp Lakes Trail ascends steeply to the north for about 1.5 miles, then levels for about 5 miles before reaching Camp Lake and a spur trail to Upper Camp Lake. Access is from the West Branch trailhead which accomodates approximately 26 vehicles and 4 horse trailers.

Usage: Heavy
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. Closure Regulations: Alpine area closure, stoves only above 10,800 feet elevation (tree-line).
Closest Towns: Laramie, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Follow Highway 287 north from Fort Collins to the intersection of Highway 14. Follow Highway 14 almost 52 miles west and turn right onto County Road 103, Laramie River Road. Drive about 6 miles north, and park at the West Branch Trailhead, which is on the left side of the road, just past Tunnel Campground.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Hiking to Camp Lake and back would make for a very long day. Most people prefer to camp along this popular trail and try their hand at fishing in nearby high alpine lakes. Along the trail, you will have some great views of Cameron Peak, Clark Peak, and you may notice the remains of some old cabins. Workers on the Link Ditch lived here during its construction in the 1890s and early 1900s. For parking information see West Branch trailhead.

Fire Information Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Where allowed campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. Use stoves only above 10,800 feet. 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: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

See West Branch trailhead.

Size Restrictions  no
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Hitching Rails no
Corrals no

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Flowers Trail

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Flowers Trail (#939)

The trail gently rises for about a mile, then drops into an area known as Beaver Park where it meets the Little Beaver Creek Trail (#948). The trail climbs southward for the next 4 miles before turning west near timberline. It enters a ¼-mile of travel zone where it intersects the Browns Lake Trail (#941), then continues westward and descends 4 miles to terminate at the Big South Trail (#944) which has travel zone restrictions in place. Along the way it passes junctions for Beaver Creek Trail (#942), Zimmerman Trail (#940), and Mirror Lake Trail (#943). Mirror Lake Trail provides access to Mirror Lake and the Mummy Pass Trail in the backcountry system of Rocky Mountain National Park. Flowers trailhead accommodates approximately 5 vehicles. (No trailer parking.)

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. Wilderness Travel Zone Regulations: Camping allowed only in designated sites. No campfires – stoves only. Overnight stock use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: During normal years, adequate water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Ft. 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. Travel 7 miles to the Jacks Gulch Campground then west one mile through the campground to a trailhead parking area. During the summer and early fall, the gate beyond Jacks Gulch is open and visitors can travel west on a rough four-wheel drive road for another 3 miles to the Flowers Trailhead. When the road is closed visitors must hike the road to the start of the trail.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

Leaving from Jack’s Gulch campground, you may want to use this trail for an afternoon stroll or plan a backing trip along the entire eighteen-mile route. For the first, three ½ miles you may encounter mountain bikers and vehicles until you reach the Comanche Peak Wilderness boundary. This is a favorite horseback riding trail. For long distance hikers, a long steep ascent takes you above timberline where panoramic views await. Flowers trailhead accommodates approximately 5 vehicles. (no trailer parking)

Fire Information Check for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Most of this trail is within the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, where campfires must be at least 200 feet from water and trails. Some portions cross a Comanche Peak Wilderness Area Travel Zone, which prohibits campfires. 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: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Flowers trailhead accommodates approximately 5 vehicles. (no trailer parking)

Size Restrictions  no
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Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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Hourglass Trail

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Hourglass Trail (#984)

Hourglass Trail is accessed via the Beaver Creek Trail (#942) which skirts the north side of Sky Ranch, then rejoins the road west of the ranch for a short distance before re-entering the forest. It then skirts the north side of Hourglass Reservoir and arrives at the north end of Comanche Reservoir dam. Hourglass Trail (#984) begins at the south end of the dam and soon enters the Comanche Wilderness. It continues to climb for nearly four miles and terminates at the Mirror Lake Trail (#943) which provides access to Mirror Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

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: 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, travel 26 miles, and turn left on County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Travel 16 miles to Forest Road 145. Turn right, pass Tom Bennett Campground, and travel 2 miles to Beaver Creek Trailhead just before entering Sky Ranch.

Day Hiking and Backpacking

The Hourglass Trail begins along the Beaver Creek Trail at the east end of Comanche Reservoir and ends at the intersection with Mirror Lake Trail. This is not an easy trailhead to find. The trail will follow a stream for a short distance, climb through a mature forest before reaching the alpine tundra with view to Comanche Lake. See Beaver Creek trail for trailhead information.

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: Most Difficult

Horse Riding

See Beaver Creek trail for trailhead information.

Size Restrictions  no
Loading Ramp no
Hitching Rails no
Corrals no
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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Mary Miller Trail

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Quartz Creek Trail

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Quartz Creek Trail (571)

The Quartz Creek trail is 7.5 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 684 – Quartz Cr. Rd. and ends at Forest Trail 572 – Little Blanco Trail.. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Horseback Riding

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Stanley Canyon Trail

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