views

birding

hiking

nature trips

wild flowers

wildlife

walking

forest

kid friendly

Less than a half hour drive from downtown Fort Collins the Cache La Poudre River breaks free from the sloped canyon walls that cradle it's bounty of crystal clear, snow fed waters. Heading east on Highway 14, just a mile from Ted's Place at highway 287, the Poudre Canyon Highway begins it's 40 mile paralleled journey with the Poudre River. This marks the gateway to one of Colorado's most treasured natural areas. Activities abound: fishing, river rafting, kayaking, inner-tubing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. The eastern entrance to the canyon starts out at 5000 feet and gently climbs to over 10,000 feet at Cameron Pass on your way to the tiny community of Gould, CO. Along the way there is a world of trails and campgrounds.

Beautiful trail. So happy we went

Excellent, very easy hike with great views among the way and plenty of side trails to wander off of. The end is kind of anti-climactic, as previous reviews have mentioned. But, the walk in and out is so great that it doesn't damper the day at all. Great hike!

The meadow was beautiful with the creek running through it. Be prepared to get your feet wet. There is a steady incline, but it's still doable wearing my toddler. Lots to see... forest, rocks walls, hills, meadow. We didn't go as far as the lake.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a beautiful trail with multiple stands of aspens and a small pond. However, the end is not what you would expect for hiking to the top of the mountain. Instead there's a clearing surrounded by trees, and you really can't see any view at all.

backpacking
27 days ago

Extremely easy and beautiful trail, next time going for moderate!

Rather than out and back, there is a nice loop option starting here. Hike lady moon trail for first mile gradual elevation gain then turn right(west) on granite ridge trail toward Molly Lake. Hike about 1.5 miles on granite ridge trail till you see an obvious, marked turnoff on the right. This trail(while not shown on the topo map) returns to the trailhead on opposite (north) side of the ridge, parallel to granite ridge trail.

The old road is hardly recognizable now after the fire and subsequent wash out.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a great little hike. Take the fork to Molly Lake. It's a small little lake that few people over night too. Beautiful rock formations, and an easy going trail.

5 months ago

Nice trail but closed most of the year.

off road driving
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Did a mid-winter trek making a loop out of this, Elkhorn Creek and Granite Ridge.

hiking
6 months ago