Explore the most popular hiking trails in Cache La Poudre Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days ago

The hike was like walking on a dirt road, it was pretty level and easy. Make sure you know where you are going because there are quite a few junctions. I used the AllTrails app just to make sure I didn't go around in circles. Some snow on the trails but nothing to write home about. The best part of the hike was scrambling up to the top of Mount Margaret.

Great suitability for dogs
We camped near by on a 4x4 road excellent half day hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. True to its name, we walked right past the falls, before realizing it was the destination.

Meadows, Aspens, cool rock formations. Not a bad hike, Its mostly down hill on the way there from the trailhead off of CR 74 so be ready to head back up on the return. Falls are becoming engulfed in ice so some cool icicles forming.

made it through in stock 2013 suburban with some scarping. very challenging. had a great time.

Nice hike with a ton of side trails to explore if wanted.

It's been renamed the Granite Ridge Trail. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=36827

Closed to use in March 2017. Very easy hike. We miss it!

Molly Lake Trail was closed, so we went back to this one. Very nice and easy trail with some stream crossings.

Beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing color! It was a little confusing on where to go sometimes, so download the map if you can! Follow any arrows you see on the trees as well.

Beautiful trail but not we’ll sign posted. Wasn’t sure which gorgeous formation WAS Mt. Margaret!

Beautiful hike to the water falls. Walked through fields of cows, wildflowers and butterflies.

absolutely beautiful and full of amazing scenery♡

Just pay attention to the trails!! We ended up doing just over 9 miles. Beautiful hike!

This was our first moderate trail on our vacation, and it was beautiful! Many elevation changes, and lots of great views. We didn't make it to the Falls, due to the lightning of the fast moving thunderstorm that we got caught up in. No worries though! We were dry by the time we got back to the parking lot, lol. It was nice talking with the volunteer rangers on the way out as well. All hikers and dogs were very friendly. Not much traffic on a Saturday. Can't wait to come back and attempt the whole thing! Loved it.

Amazing trail to take your dogs on and get started with hiking, very easy hike with a great view of Dowdy lake at the end!

off road driving
5 months ago

First off road trip in Colorado. Went in my 98 TJ with stock suspension and 31in mud terrains. It was very challenging but doable. Took a few scrapes to the bottom but no real damage.

Took two ATVs at the end of June. Heart Attack Hill lived up to its name. Check out our YouTube video going through the chutes. We took the trail start to finish. Amazing variety of butterflies and a good mix of terrain. Saw a lot of mountain lion scat on the trail at the top.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_hh2BR_DIZI

6 months ago

Beautiful trail through the forest. Easy with lots of shade. Nice and relaxing!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice meandering trail through the forest

hiking
6 months ago

There are a lot of wild flowers that are pretty. However, due to water diversion, there is no longer a lake nor will there be one any time soon. Anyone thinking that they will take off their boots at the "lake" and have lunch is going to be disappointed. There are some camp sites with a bench along the way to take a break, which is nice - they have BBQ pits there as well if you want to grill.

off road driving
6 months ago

Loved this trail, definitely requires locking 4x4 in some spots. Made it the whole way in a stock 1991 Land Rover Defender, took the bypass and was still a challenge. If you pick your lines, it can be done. Everyone we met on the trail was awesome, as it can get quite narrow and with blind corners. Keep you eyes peeled!

hiking
6 months ago

Very easy hike and the trail is easy to find. Saw a handful of people but for the most part we were alone. Would recommend to anyone of any skill level. Wildflowers were super pretty and the summit is a beautiful view! Wasn’t extremely fun but I enjoy more challenging hikes but still worth a hike at least once.

Had an absolute blast.! Looked at the "Chute" as I drove by 
2018 Toy 4runner
3" lift
18" wheels
33 in BFG KO2's

Hiked June 23, 2018, both summits. Gorgeous scenery in many spots, especially wildflowers, but there's basically NO TRAIL any more for much of the route. USFS has had the road closed since June 2012 High Park Fire, meaning overgrown, downed tree thickets, washed out, impossible to follow in places. Expect serious bushwhacking and route-finding. Even higher near the saddle, many places along the old road are nearly impassible.

Took us 2:40 tough climbing 2000' to WWP summit. No signage (go 11.5 miles west on gravel from Stove Prairie Road, look north across from USFS station), limited parking, road blocked after 1/10 mile and gate locked further up. Don't bother bringing 4WD, you won't need it. Just walk straight up the center (weaker) road and good luck.

Turned back after 2 miles. A ton of fallen timber, washed out gullies. It is closed to vehicles but the forest service should probably put up a closed to all activities. Once the new aspen growth takes off this year it will be impassable unless maintained. Beautiful views 2 miles up though

Closed until logging clean up is complete.

backpacking
7 months ago

Beautiful area. Hardly any people- none using the campsites. Just fyi the old trail at the beginning has been decommissioned and thus sites 1 and 2 are really not in use anymore.
Wildflowers are really blooming right now! Smells amazing.
Stayed in site 6 next to a pond. Lots of frogs and mosquitoes but picturesque.

off road driving
7 months ago

1993 zj 3.5" lift with 31s
1999 xj 4" lift with 31s
bypassed heart attack hill and skipped the chutes
Saw a bull moose up by pingree hill so be aware

This is a gorgeous trail!! Wildflowers, meadows, mountain views, aspens, pines, and a trail network you can explore. This trail connects to the Lady Moon Trail. The trail network allows you to make your hike as long/short as you like. Depending what route you take there may be up or downhill, but it is always at an easy grade. Trail has both shady and sunny spots. Mountain biking allowed July-Oct. It is seriously so beautiful here!!!

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