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Fort Collins Region Backpacking Trips/Trails Index

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Backpacking Trips/Trails List

Trip/Trail Name / Links to Descriptions 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Beaver Creek Trail #942. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Beaver Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
7.4 +1,720 Moderate
Big South Trail #944. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "3. Big South" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "Big South Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See chapter "53. Big South" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
10.4 +1,110 Moderate
Blue Lake Trail #959. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 7.4 +1,500 Moderate
Brackenbury Trail #935. Formerly #1010. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Brackenbury Cabin Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.9 + approach +750 Strenuous
Browns Lake Trail #941. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Browns Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
5.7 +950 Strenuous
Camp Lake Trail #968 / 968.1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (CC) describes a 19.37 mile moderate to strenuous loop using the West Branch, Camp Lake, and Rawah trails, all listed separately on this page.
ORIC FAVORITE
6.1 + approach +2,040 Strenuous
Camp Lake Trail -- Upper #978. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach    
Comanche Lake Trail #990. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Comanche Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.2 + approach +384 Easy
Corral Creek Trail #989. #944 on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Corral Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.3 -350 Easy
Dadd Gulch Trail -- Lower #988. Formerly #1015. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.5 +1,430 Moderate
Dadd Gulch Trail -- Upper #938. LandscapeImagery.com webpage. 4.9 +1,933  
Donner Pass Trail #926. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 8.9 +1,880 Moderate
Emmaline Lake Trail #945. Formerly #854. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Emmaline Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description under "Commanche Peak Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.7 +2,040 Moderate
Fish Creek Trail #993. Formerly #1009. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Fish Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
6.3 +1,240 Moderate
Flowers Trail #939. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Flowers Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
18.0 +2,350 Strenuous
Grace Creek Trail #965.1. No information available.      
Granite Ridge / Molly Lake Trail #991. Formerly #174. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.7 +80 Easy
Green Ridge / Lost Lake Trail. Forest Road #177. USFS webpage. 17.0    
Greyrock Meadows Trail #947. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.6 + approach +1,210 Strenuous
Greyrock National Recreation Trail #946. Low enough to get in some early season backpacking. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "9. Greyrock Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "58. Greyrock Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "1. Greyrock National Recreation Trail" in FalconGuides book  Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
3.1 +1,900 Strenuous
Hewlett Gulch Trail #954. #947 on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "10. Hewlett Gulch" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "59. Hewlett Gulch" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.0 +420 Easy
Hourglass Trail #984. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Hourglass Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
4.6 + approach +2,500 Strenuous
Killpecker Trail #956. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.4 +1,740 Moderate
Lady Moon Trail #985. Formerly #267. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.1 -190 Easy
Link Trail #963. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 8.8 +2,400 Strenuous
Little Beaver Creek Trail #948 / 948.1. Formerly #855. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Little Beaver Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
6.9 +1,400 Moderate
Lookout Mountain Trail #934 / Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #934-1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 5.8 + 0.5 +2,110 Strenuous
Lory State Park Trail System. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) Good early season place to go backpacking when cabin fever sets in. Six backcountry sites, two-mile walk-in, no fires. CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map.
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Lost Lake Trail #982. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach    
McIntyre Creek Trail #996. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.9 + approach +1,460 Strenuous
McIntyre Lake Trail #964. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.7 + approach +2,400 Strenuous
McIntyre Trail #966. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 9.2 +1,540 Strenuous
Medicine Bow Trail #965. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 15.3 + approach +2,800 Strenuous
Mirror Lake Trail #943. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Mirror Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description under "Commanche Peak Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
6.0 + approach +770 Strenuous
Montgomery Pass Trail #986. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "12. Montgomery Pass Trail (#986)" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "60. Montgomery Pass Trail (#986)" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
1.9 +1,000 Moderate
Mount Margaret Trail #167. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "13. Mount Margaret" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "61. Mount Margaret" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.7 +90 Easy
Mummy Pass Trail #937. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Mummy Pass Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
3.5 + approach +1,900 Strenuous
North Lone Pine Trail #953. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.7 +1,320 Moderate
Rawah Trail #961. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (CC) describes a 19.37 mile moderate to strenuous loop using the West Branch, Camp Lake, and Rawah trails, all listed separately on this page.
ORIC FAVORITE
13.1 +2,883 Strenuous
Sandbar Lakes Trail #972 / 972.1. USFS quicksheet.      
Shipman Park Trail #974. USFS quicksheet. 6.9 + approach    
Signal Mountain Trail #928-2 / 928. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Signal Mountain Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description "Signal Mountain Trail 928 to Comanche Peak Wilderness" under "Fort Collins to Estes Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.9 +3,272 Strenuous
Stormy Peaks Trail #980. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. Side trip to B17 crash site.
See chapter "17. Stormy Peaks Trail to Stormy Peaks Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "Stormy Peaks Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See chapter "63. Stormy Peak Trail to Stormy Peaks Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.2 +1,360 Strenuous
Timber Trail to Arthur's Rock. CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map (Trail #3).
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description "Timber Trail to Arthurs Rock" under "Lory State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
4.3 +1,180 Moderate to Strenuous
Trap Park Trail #995. Formerly #866. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "18. Trap Park" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
3.1 +500 Easy
Twin Crater Lakes Trail #962. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "19. Twin Crater Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes. 
See chapter "64. Twin Crater Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
1.0 + approach    
West Branch Trail #960. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (CC) describes a 19.37 mile moderate to strenuous loop using the West Branch, Camp Lake, and Rawah trails, all listed separately on this page.
ORIC FAVORITE
6.7 +2,570 Strenuous
Young Gulch Trail #999. Formerly #837. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.9 +1,170 Easy
Zimmerman Lake Trail #977. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. Poudre Wilderness Volunteers webpage. 1.0 +450 Easy
Zimmerman Trail #940. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Zimmerman Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
7.1 +590 Moderate

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