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Best trails in Cache La Poudre Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Cache La Poudre Wilderness, Colorado? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Cache La Poudre Wilderness ranging from 5.4 to 14.4 miles and from 8,106 to 10,695 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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.
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#1 - Mount Margaret Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 16 m
Mount Margaret Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#2 - Disappointment Falls via Lady Moon Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 41 m
Disappointment Falls via Lady Moon Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is pShow more
#3 - Kelly Flats Road (#168)
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 10.2 mi
Kelly Flats has long been the premier hard-core trail in northern Colorado. The trail climbs steeply out of the Cache La Poudre River Valley and winds for a considerable distance across a high ridge wShow more
#4 - Molly Moon Trail to Molly Lake
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 43 m
Molly Moon Trail to Molly Lake is a 7.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is Show more
#5 - Lookout Mountain Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 5 h 55 m
Heavy forested hike with rewarding 360 degree view of Larimer County at finish. This lightly used trail provides a great workout with fairly steady uphill hike that provides brief views of the area aShow more
#6 - Middle Bald Mountain via Killpecker Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Middle Bald Mountain via Killpecker Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is good for all skillShow more
#7 - West White Pine Mountain Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Due to the High Park Fire, this trail is closed to off-road vehicles. Although the trail is still open to hikers, the trail is largely unmaintained. Users have reported overgrowth, downed trees, washeShow more
#8 - Granite Ridge Ranked Peak 8722
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
Granite Ridge and Ranked Peak 8722 from the saddle on the S'ly slope. Much easier than the north slope. Show more
#9 - Granite Ridge Trail
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 14.4 mi • Est. 7 h 8 m
Temporarily closed until further notice due to tree cutting operations. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=36827Show more
#10 - Deadman Hill and Fire Tower
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
A bit about the name "Deadman": yes there are stories about fatal events on this hill.  But early wagon freighters used this trail to get over Deadman Pass to carry materials from the Livermore valleyShow more