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North Park Region Backpacking Trips/Trails Index

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Backpacking Trips/Trails Map

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Backpacking Trips/Trails List

TIP: To find the trails below on the map above: (1) remember the trail name below; (2) click the "list" icon in the upper left corner of the map above; (3) an alphabetized list of markers with trail names will appear; (4) click the trail you want in that list; and (5) its marker will be expanded on the map.

Trip/Trail Name / Link to Description 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
American Lakes (or Michigan Lakes). (State Forest State Park, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map.
See chapter "1. American Lakes (or Michigan Lakes) in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "52. American Lakes (or Michigan Lakes) in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.65   Strenuous
Arapaho Ridge Trail #1135. USFS Grassy Run Trailhead webpage. USFS Hyannis Trailhead webpage. 10.1 +200 Easy
Bear Creek Trail #1180. Short side trip available to Bear Lakes on Trail #1159. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. Meetup webpage.
See chapter "103. Bear Lakes - Ute Pass Loop -- 1126 & 1128" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Bear Cr #1180 & Bear Lakes #1159" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
4.0 + approach +1,880 Strenuous
Beaver Creek / Stump Park Trail #1124. USFS trailhead webpage. 5.4 +200 Easy
Bighorn Lake Trail #1040. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "101. Big Horn Lake -- 1129 & 1040" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
1.3 + approach +800 Moderate
Blue Lake Trail #1178. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "105. Blue Lake via Grizzly-Helena -- 1126 & 1178" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Blue Lake Trail #1178" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
2.0 + approach +755 Moderate
Bowen Pass Trail #1136. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 0.8 + approach +276 Easy
Buffalo Ridge Trail #1151. USFS trailhead webpage. 8.1 +1,010 Moderate
Encampment River Main Fork Trail #1152. USFS trailhead webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (O) combines both Encampment River trails.
See chapter "70. Encampment River Loop -- 1153 & 1152" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
ORIC FAVORITE
     
Encampment River West Fork Trail #1153. USFS trailhead webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (O) combines both Encampment River trails.
See chapter "70. Encampment River Loop -- 1153 & 1152" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
ORIC FAVORITE
8.1    
Encampment Tie Hack Trail. USFS trailhead webpage. USFS historic site webpage.      
Frying Pan Basin Trail #1127. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 3.5 + approach +3,040 Strenuous
Grizzly-Helena Trail #1126. Go-Colorado webpage. USFS Helena Trailhead webpage. USFS Lone Pine North Trailhead webpage. USFS Lone Pine South Trailhead webpage. USFS Red Canyon Trailhead webpage. USFS  Pitchpine Trailhead webpage. USFS Rainbow Lake Trailhead webpage. USFS Grizzly Trailhead webpage.
See chapter "103. Bear Lakes - Ute Pass Loop -- 1126 & 1128" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Grizzly-Helena Motorized Trail #1126" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
25.1 +400  
Haystack Creek Trail #55. Although this trail can be reached from the North Park Region, all of it but the trailhead is in the Granby Region and is described there.      
Illinois Pass Trail #1228. No information available.      
Jack Creek Trail #1143. USFS trailhead webpage. 1.8 +517 Moderate
Jack Park Trail #1186. USFS trailhead webpage. 1.9 +10 Easy
Lake Katherine Trail #1157. USFS trailhead webpage.
See chapter "100. Lake Katherine -- 1129 & 1157" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
0.9 + approach +450 Easy
Lone Pine Trail #1129. To Bighorn Lake Trail #1040 & Lake Katherine Trail #1157. USFS Katherine Trailhead webpage.
See chapter "102. Lone Pine Trail -- 1129 to Continental Divide" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Lone Pine Tr #1129" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
4.0 +1,920 Strenuous
Longs Lake / Arapaho Creek Trail #1187. USFS webpage.      
Lost Ranger Trail #1131. USFS Red Canyon Trailhead webpage. Go-Colorado webpage.
See chapter "35. To Lost Ranger Peak from via the Lost Ranger Trail -- 1131" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Lost Ranger Tr #1131" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.1 + approach +2,300 Strenuous
Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area Trail System. USFS webpage.      
Never Summer Trail #1141. Segment of Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. USFS Illinois River Trailhead webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 8.75 Strenuous
Newcomb Creek Trail #1132. USFS trailhead webpage.
See chapter "95. Newcomb Park -- 1132" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Newcomb Creek Trail #1132" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
6.8 +1,840 Strenuous
Percy Lake Trail #1134. USFS trailhead webpage.
See chapter "94. Percy, Round and Long Lakes -- 1134" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Lake Percy Motorized Tr #1134" under "South Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
2.8 +1,100 Moderate
Poison Ridge Trail. USFS webpage. singletracks webpage. 20.0    
Rainbow Lakes Trail #1130. USFS trailhead webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (Z) uses Rainbow Lakes Trail #1130; Roxy Ann Lake Trail #1179.
See chapter "96. Rainbow Lake -- 1130" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "97. Slide Lakes -- 1130" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "34. To Lost Ranger Peak from Rainbow Lake Trailhead -- 1130" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "98. Roxy Ann Lake 1130 & 1179" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Rainbow Lakes Tr #1130" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
ORIC FAVORITE
8.8 +2.560 Strenuous
Roxy Ann Lake Trail #1179. USFS Rainbow Lakes trailhead webpage. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. ORIC Trip Map/Description Sheet (Z) uses Rainbow Lakes Trail #1130; Roxy Ann Lake Trail #1179.
See chapter "98. Roxy Ann Lake 1130 & 1179" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
ORIC FAVORITE
1.7 + approach    
Seven Lakes Trail #1125. (First section to Big Creek Falls called Red Elephant Nature Trail.) USFS trailhead webpage.
See chapter "106. Red Elephant Nature Trail" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "107. Big Creek Falls" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "108. Seven Lakes -- 1125" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See chapter "22 Seven Lakes" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
See chapter "79 Big Creek Falls" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Waterfalls in Colorado.
9.4 +440 Easy
South Fork of Michigan River Trail #1138. USFS trailhead webpage. Go-Colorado webpage. 5.3 +1,533 Strenuous
State Forest State Park Trail System. (Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map.
See chapter "13 Jackson County: Clark Peak" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
See chapter "21 Kelly Lake" in Falcon Guides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Twin Lake Trail #1148. (Also known as #1174.) Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "104. Twin Lakes via Grizzly-Helena -- 1126 & 1174" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Twin Lakes Trail #1148" under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
1.8 + approach +865 Moderate
Ute Pass Trail #1128. Mountain Travel Guide webpage.
See chapter "103. Bear Lakes - Ute Pass Loop -- 1126 & 1128" in Aspen Tree Press book Hiking the 'Boat II.
See description "Ute Pass Tr #1128"  under "North Map Trails" on Sky Terrain's map Steamboat Springs / Mount Zirkel.
3.7 + approach +2,020 Strenuous

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