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Crosier Mountain Trail

HARD 152 reviews

Crosier Mountain Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Drake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,261 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

Directions from Loveland: Access #1: Travel west on Highway 34 approximately 15 miles to County Road 43, then travel north 8 miles to the site. Just west of the livery stables, there is a dirt road going south marked by a Crosier Mtn Trail sign. Park your vehicle off the highway and keep roadways clear. Access #2: Travel west on Highway 34 approximately 15 miles to County Road 43, then travel 6.5 miles to the trailhead. There is a large gravel cut on the south side of the road. A trail sign sits just up the hill from a gate.Access #3: Travel west on Highway 34 to County Road 43, then travel north 2.5 miles to the trailhead. Look for a small metal gate on the south side of the road. There is a small parking area near the gate.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

We had a blast snowshoeing today. Watch out for some rocks and trees but mostly it was perfect!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout. I logged 11.4 miles but who knows. Surprised more people aren’t mentioning the old mine shaft early in the hike. It doesn’t go very deep but is a cool addition to this hike. Solid view of Long’s up top, but you gotta work for it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great fall colors right now! Did not make it to the top but still loved the trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice workout. the views are mostly at the top, but still a pleasant hike. Did this one on 9/26. Good weather overall, and quite windy on top. Saw only 6 other people total and had the summit to myself.

good hike, great exercise Trail. nice groves nice Trail little bit of scrambling at the top. crazy is at the top. The colors are finally coming in. beautiful day.

hiking
3 months ago

The trailhead for the garden gate trail was not very well marked at the roadside, just a iron gate and small pull off area for parking. Overall, the trail wasn’t heavily trafficked and very well maintained, however, it is a difficult trail with lots of loose rocks, significant steep portions and roots. Completed in 6 hours. Nice tree coverage made for nice breaks from the sun and offered plenty of shade to rest when needed.

hiking
3 months ago

Started at 9:30, finished at 4:30. Great hike! Tough climb, and trail wasn’t highly trafficked. I would do this again!

great hike. great views. good trail. conditions today we're fantastic. good workout.

mountain biking
rocky
scramble
washed out
4 months ago

Are you a masochist who likes mountain biking? Then this trail may be for you. The trail would be fine on foot but not so great for bikes. Decided to ride this after reading an article from Teton Gravity, and what a bunch of nonsense. On a positive note theres an awesome meadow about halfway up and a great view of Estes Park from the top, but its a lot of work for not much reward.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, but watch out for snakes. My (on leash) dog got bit by a rattle snake less than a half mile from the trailhead today around 4pm when it was raining. I’ve done this trail before and haven’t had any issues with wildlife before.

hiking
4 months ago

gate may look closed but it's open. the bugs were definitely out in full force.. wood ticks are indeed present. The trail is a bit rocky but overall not bad. some overgrown areas as others have said but if you pull up your socks you'll be fine. The best part were the wildflowers and butterflies and the meadows you get to walk through which were simply fantastic. The view at the top was great.. can see longs and twin sisters and Estes Park. Bring deet and do this trail!

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful Flowers and mountains, but all the streams are dried up as of July 29th. ++ No Bugs because no water and there are so many beautiful flowers. its gonna take most of the day to do the full 3000ft elevation gain. Not a lot of parking spots but not that crowded

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers right now! Looong hike, but worth it for flowers, workout, and views from the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Well groomed and a nice steady elevation gain. Good trail to test your cardio for a 14er.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging hike with some steep climbs. Trail is slightly overgrown but still easy to do in shorts, just make sure to check for ticks, I found none on this trip. My iPhone GPS using the Strava app put the hike at 10.37 miles. I did go off trail on the rocks and to see views a few times but trail is 10+ miles. Great view at the top with Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park to the west. Some parts forested and some in the open so it can get hot and sunscreen would be wise. Lots of flowers, butterflies and birds on my morning hike. Great hike overall.

hiking
over grown
5 months ago

this trail was amazing! I would recommend long pants because the grass is over grown in places on the trail. Beautiful views the whole way and a challenging hike. Mostly uphill with lots of elevation gain in short stretches. Worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

We hiked four miles out and back. Nice views all the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice combination of meadows and open forest with some steep sections and several gradual slopes. My GPS recorded it right at 10 miles RT. Wonderful view at the top. At the summit there’s a plastic bottle with a notepad and pen at the base of a tree. Left a comment; encourage others to do as well.

hiking
5 months ago

I’d call this an intermediate hike. It has amazing wildflowers. Summit view is worth the climb - perfect spot for lunch. Very small patches of mud, but will be dry in a day or two. Parked near the Inn and store in Glenhaven and ended at our other car parked 9+ miles at the end of this thru hike. A great day on the trail. *Park early to get a spot. Not many spaces and it fills up fast. We left a car at our end point and got the last space at 7:15-30.

hiking
5 months ago

No snow, lots of elevation gain. Great place to take the dog.

hiking
5 months ago

Much more challenging that the 3,300’ elevation change would lead you to believe. Lots of ups and downs and flat areas make some of the inclines pretty grueling. 2.5 hours up, 2 hours down. Trail is wet but there’s no snow anymore. Saw some bear tracks as soon as you hit the forest about 0.5 miles in. Started around 8am and only saw 1 person all day.

hiking
6 months ago

Solid hike. Challenging and rewarding at the top. Started at 6am Saturday 6/8. Didn’t see anyone on the way up. Summit was peaceful and quite. Clear day, great views of Long’s Peak and RMNP. Could also see Pikes Peak to the south.

6 months ago

Nice peaceful hike with beautiful weather today. Hardly saw any other hikers. I did drive back and forth thru Glen Haven about 3 times before I figured out where the trail began. A local pointed me in the wrong direction and said the stables have been long gone. I never found any stables but I did discover the trail is right next to the town hall so just look for that building!

Beautiful hike with LOLs.

hiking
washed out
6 months ago

Only reason this trail lost one star was the trail condition. This seems to popular for mountain biking, so the trail was fairly torn up and slippery at times. Otherwise, this is a fantastic hike. Certainly challenging. Offers wide variety of scenery: meadows, dense forest, wild flowers, some streams, plenty of shade off and on.

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