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Big South Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 1,128 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

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Reviews (153)
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Recordings (121)
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Fabian Liesner
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HikingBugs

Gorgeous hike! Drove through Poudre Canyon for an hour from Fort Collins and was thinking I should really stop and take a picture. Glad I didn’t, got much better views during the hike. Our dog was tired from a long hike the day before, so we were only able to see the first 4 miles, but it was completely worth it. Small section where we needed to carry her (medium sized pup) over some rocks, but other than that, she loved it, especially being able to cool down in the water a couple of times along the way. Has plenty of camping spots on the way if you are interested in staying overnight. Regardless, do bring bug spray though! They are definitely out there. 7/7/20

Lil' Miss Guided
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BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky

Excellent views, terrain, and changing landscape! Everything seemed lush and green, forest is very thick in most areas. As mentioned in other reviews, wildflowers are in full bloom! Poudre is still running high and fast. We camped at site 7, and didn't venture further but plan on doing so in future. Mosquitos are bad, be sure to have bug spray. This is a new favorite trail for me!

marlin aleman
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HikingBugs

I have been wanting to come to this trail for a while and finally made it. it is gorgeous and worth showing up early since it is popular. Bring bug spray, the mosquitoes are aggressive.

Jordan Bancroft
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HikingBugsRocky

Beautiful trail with a huge roaring river next to it. Shade along a good portion of the trail, at the end you will find a cliff with a neat view. Be sure to bring bug spray, The mosquitoes are rampant! My recording was a little longer than it should have been.... forgot to turn off after we got off the trailhead. Highly recommend for novice hikers and kids.

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Pat Burger
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HikingBugsRocky

Nice wild flowers, started about 8:30, not many people until on the way out.

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sophia potoczak
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Hiking

Great trail along the poudre river! Lots of wildflowers and gorgeous forest and river views.

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Jack Paschke
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BackpackingBugs
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Ashley Raye
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails in Colorado. We will hopefully try out one of the campsites in the near future! Super fun to hike with the dogs.

Katie Schermer
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Beautiful, mostly next to the river and through forest. Got there at 7:45 and didn't see anyone until 10:15 on my way back and they were just starting. Make sure to wear mosquito spray, didn't hit them until 2 miles in but they were there. There was mud but you could get around it and the water crossings were very easy.

Sarah Bliss
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HikingRocky

The smell of the pines alone is worth the trip. Awesome varied landscape trail. Most runs close to the water, some nice ups and downs, and tree cover. Just a bit is like Mordor with rocks only. Saw less than 10 groups of people on the trail. Second water passing was totally doable. Made it past campsite 9, but not to 10 and came on back down.

Patricia Downey
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Hiking

Moderate to heavy traffic.....less the farther in you get. Beautiful mostly shaded hike along a full and flowing Poudre River. We camped and there were a lot of mosquitos (pretty wet right now though). Didn't get as far as we would've liked due to rain and needing to set up camp. Will definitely go back!

Stefan Norgaard
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BackpackingBugsMuddy

Backpacked on 6/13-6/14 and had a blast! Trail was a little busy at the beginning but crowds quickly dispersed after around campsite 4 or so and for the second half of the trail we were totally alone, it was great! Camped at site 15. Two stream crossings, both doable and fun, one just before site 8 and a second between 14 and 15. I recommend water shoes if you have them for the second crossing. Trail gets far more basic near the end, but you can always follow it without major issues, just an occasional downed tree. Throughout the trail is situated in a serene forest setting, very green right now. Trail is occasionally muddy, and some fairly persistent mosquitos at our campsite. For those looking for a challenge, this trail hits the Flowers trail at the end, and you can climb up the Flowers Trail to treeline and get some great views of the Never Summers and RMNP Peaks. Would 10/10 recommend this trail!

Cassie Seebart
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BackpackingBugs

Great Trail! Gorgeous waterfalls and river views. We did a short backpacking trip, camping at sites 2 & 9. The campsites were great and a little more established than we expected. We hiked in up to campsite 13. There are quite a few fallen trees across the trail after campsite 9, but it is passable. One tree we did have to throw our packs over first to be able to maneuver under the tree. Some muddy spots and a few creek crossings. Shoes might get a little wet or muddy, but you'll get across fine.

Drew Gilliland
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BackpackingMuddy

Did this again this past weekend. Muddy in some places but drier than the previous week. At mile 4 you have to cross a waterfall/creek. Doable but you're gonna get your feet wet. Don't attempt if you don't feel reasonably confident in your balance. Water levels could fluctuate, of course. Great hike though. Nothing spectacular but you're always in the forest and the river is lovely.

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Drew Gilliland
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BackpackingBugsMuddy
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Mark O.
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Hiking

Good day hike today on our favorite trail. Fairly dry with some areas of running water and some mud, but not enough to make it a bad hike. Went as far as you can without getting wet from joining stream. About 4 miles in and back

Daniel Jackson
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HikingIcySnow
Stephanie Wilkes
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HikingFloodedMuddySnow

Beautiful hike, awesome views of the river! Planned to stay at site 8, but the water crossing over the trail maybe half a mile past site 7 was quite heavy and quick-moving, and lots of snow over the trail on the other side. With rain/snow in the forecast for the next day and our little one with us, we turned back and stayed at site 5. On the hike out the next morning, it was snowing pretty hard and trails were quite flooded and muddy.

Andrew Larson
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CampingMuddySnowWashed out

The trail was snowed in about 3 miles in which stopped me from continuing on. I camped at campsite 6 and it was still a beautiful time

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