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

absolutely beautiful and full of amazing scenery♡

off road driving
14 days ago

Great drive with some awesome views. Would consider this an easy road for off-road driving. You do drive through private property to get to the trail so mind your speed, so not stop and be courteous if you encounter any land owners. All gates were open when I drove the entire length of the trail 08/04/18.

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

hiking
22 days ago

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
1 month ago

Joe & ken are wrong & most like locals who just don’t want you up here... I ride it & drive my 4x4 van up here all the time. Campered with a buddy up here 2 weeks ago. It’s open & is a legal road/trail to be on..

off road driving
1 month 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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice meandering trail through the forest

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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!

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.

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
2 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
2 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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 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.

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