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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! Fairly low key, but beautiful views. Hiked to disappointment falls and glad we did!

off road driving
4 days ago

fun fun fun...

Early October 2017. Few patches of fall colours, mostly conifers, leaves already dropped at the summit elevation, not the best fall colours hike but still enjoyed the day. Plenty of downed trees in final mile to the summit, relied on GPS a bit to help figure out how to follow trail while looping off it to avoid crawling over/under the messes but could have done it without.

Parking is best done adjacent to the driveway at the ranger station and then walk a couple hundred feet down the road.

If only the trail to the summit was better maintained. The windfall made it nearly impossible to stay on the trail at all. In fact on my way down, I lost it entirely and had to bushwhack down with the aid of my map and compass to relocate the main trail. Otherwise it was a nice hike and the view from the top was beautiful.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike! Started in the later afternoon. Reached the summit just in time for the sunset. Saw lots of wildlife. Very easy fun hike with extra trail options along the way. I would like to camp out here

Nice and easy hike. Very refreshing. Next time I would try the route to frog pond.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked it in late September, pretty colors on Aspens. We hiked out to Disappointment Falls, great hike and nice scenery.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

Re: David Fairbank's review below - we chose to do that loop per his review but found the Granite Trail portion closer to 2 miles, we were beginning to wonder if we had missed the turnoff. Very enjoyable hike!

horseback riding
1 month ago

Good drive but Im not sure I would say its "easy". The road conditions as of 9/10/17 were fairly bad. Went through in a 2017 Tacoma TRD Off Road in manual and it was a little hairy in spots. Used 4-Lo for the majority of it. Nice drive, good views though most of the forest has severe burn damage. If you go, 4x4 and decent clearance is a total must.

on Lady Moon Trail

1 month ago

If you're looking for solidarity this is the trail, otherwise nothing spectacular.

off road driving
1 month ago

on Mount Margaret Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for toddlers. Our little 18 month old loved the narrow bridge just beyond all of the aspen trees. I

Good hike, mostly shaded. The last mile to the summit has a lot of trees down blocking the trail that you need to climb over, and the trail isn't well marked either.

off road driving
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago