Explore the most popular views 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.

Road is super super easy and was closed 3 miles in. There was a gate with a stop sign on it and wouldn’t let cars through.

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
17 days 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
17 days 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

hiking
18 days ago

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!!!

backpacking
28 days ago

Great, easy backpacking trip! This trail offers so much variety for hiking, we were able to set up camp, and then hike 5 miles on different trails. Trail is sandy or dirt with rocks. Sometimes is wide, other times it's single track. I work trail runners for backpacking and sandals for hiking.

There is a river that runs near loop B, which isn't too far from campsites 3 or 4. Campsites 3 & 4 are the first (2) campsites shown on the trail head map - I wasn't able to find any other marked campsites during my hikes. Both 3 & 4 are located before the 2.5 mile mark on the right hand side of the trail. I wouldn't drink out of the pond located along the way to the top, as it's pretty stagnant.

As far as the summit goes, we didn't get to scramble up the rocks as there were other people hanging out up there, so I don't know what the top looks like, but when you reach the rocks, it's pretty underwhelming.

During our trip we saw 1 moose, and 2 deer. We heard coyotes at night along with owls and what we can only guess was a turkey vulture.

I would definitely come back here when I'm looking to "get away from it all", we saw maybe 25 people total.

All private property, no trail up here. Got chased out by some property owners just driving up the road trying to find the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Attempted to hike this trail with the dogs. About a mile in gun shots could be heard ricocheting through the canyon. Shots were very close to the trail and spooked the dogs. We had to head back to the vehicle without much of an exploration.

camping
1 month ago

Nice trail, nothing spectacular though. The best feature was that I saw only three groups during my 24 hours spent here. Camped near a small, drying out lake. Don’t plan on filling up your water at the pond/lake near the end of the trail, it’s stagnant, filthy, and surrounded by feces. Lots of cow or horse crap all over the place was a drawback.

horseback riding
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy 7.2 Mile Hike. We seen quite a few people horseback riding.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 4/15. This was such a pleasant hike. I was looking for something easy but with a lot of distance so I decided to check out Mt. Margaret. The entire trail system is relatively flat, very little elevation gain which was great for a rest day or if you're looking to take the family/visitors out without being extreme I would recommend this trail. No snow on the trail either. There are not any outstanding views until you get to the end of Mt Margaret and it opens up a little with some great views. The detour to Dowdy Lake is worth the extra mile or so. However if you are taking the trail labeled as "Dowdy Lane" on here it goes through private property and it is clearly marked. I turned around once I reached the private property and found another way to the lake, I didn't want any conflicts with land owners. There were a LOT of hunters in the area, might be a good idea to wear brighter colors. Nice trail though, I will hike it again in late spring to check out the difference.

backpacking
2 months ago

Would rate it 3 but the view from Mount Margaret earns it a 4 in my estimation. Easy hike for the most part. Saw elk and mule deer on the way in to camp. Campsites are OK. Saw deer on our hike around the area on our way out.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is the worst trail for hiking in January with Yak Trax. There were no markers and the signs are confusing we never found the loop and ended up hiking in moderate snow twice as far as we wanted to go!!

good trail. great hike, and mountain biking

hiking
6 months ago

This would be an absolute pleasure to hike when the leaves begin to change color in the fall. It's a pretty simple trail... only reason I am not giving a five star rating was confusion reading the trail names... coming back down from the peak, I chose to use what was labeled the "Frog Pond" trail instead of the main thinking it was one of the alternates back down. I didn't check my trail guide since I recognized the name (ended up being that in and out off of loop B on the AllTrails map here) and ended up going through a barb wire fence to end up at a campsite 1.5 miles of the main trail. Shame on me for not paying close enough attention, but, the trail markers indicating I was on a mountain bike trail were not dissuading enough to force me to turn back until I reached the campsite... 8 mile hike into 11, but, at least it was beautiful on this balmy December day!

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty good hike. Fairly easy. Ended up taking the fork to disappointment falls. The falls definitely live up to their name. My phone tracked it at 5.6 miles. Good views of the mountains. Pups had a blast. Would be a beautiful hike to do in the fall. Walked through quite a few aspen groves.

off road driving
6 months ago

This was a great ride on my ATV. Went in October saw a mountain lion crossing the trail at the top of Heart Attack Hill was pretty cool.

hiking
6 months ago

Was a very easy and pleasant trail, views were not anything special, but the leaves would have been gorgeous earlier in the fall. As mentioned in other posts it is in the middle of hunting territory, which made me a bit nervous. Would come back again and go to Dowdy Lake instead of the end of the trail, the "Mountain" is not necessarily worth seeing.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent hike. We went in November so understandably the trail was a mix of mud, ice and snow. It appears the trail was formerly a road. The views are nice, but compared to other hikes nearby, this isn’t spectacular. There are nice rock formations on either side of the trail. You hike down and then up, so be prepared for the trip back. We saw a variety of animal prints and scat, so chances of wildlife viewing must be high. We chose to veer off Lady Moon Trail to Disappointment Falls, and this side trip moved the rating up a couple notches. I thought the Falls were lovely. If you go in November wear orange, we saw quite a few hunters.

off road driving
7 months ago

good lil trail, lots of fun once the rain and snow fall

Pretty easy hike. Slight incline for majority of hike out.
Word of advice; wear safety orange during hunting season. This trail is in the middle of the national forest and gets a lot of pressure during hunting season.

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

off road driving
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months ago

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

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