Crosier Mountain via Gravel Pit Trailhead

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Crosier Mountain via Gravel Pit Trailhead is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2513 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Trail 1013 is steep with awesome views and joins Trail 931 at about 2 miles This can be a hike to Table Rock which is about 1.5 miles up the trail. There is a sign alonside the trail, a real nice place for a picnic. Or you can access trail 931 which is about 2 miles up the hill; and go to Glen Haven and walk back to your vehicle on CR 43. Or continue up the hill till you reach the summit of Crosier Mtn. Or Continue on trail 931 and exiting at the Garden Gate Trailhead (Drake) In order to do the last suggestion, have two vehicles and park one at the Garden Gate Trail Head (Drake). Good maps for the hike are from Trails Illustrated #101 Cache La Poudre-Big Thompson

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3 months ago

**Warning** Alltrails has this specific trailhead rated incorrectly. There are 3 trails that take you up to the summit. There is one closest to Drake (2 miles from town). This one that is the middle one (approximately 8 miles from Drake). And the third starts in the town of Glen Haven.

This specific one is called Gravel Pit trailhead or Rainbow trail 981. We just did this one today and would rate it as moderate to hard. The first 3/4 of a mile is very strenuous until you top the ridge.... (we think this particular trail is too difficult for young children, especially if they are unaccustomed to hiking). From there to the trail 931 connection is another 1 1/4 miles and would be considered moderate. After turning left and going another 1 1/4 mile you reach the Crosier summit cutoff. This is the last 1/2 mile and is the hardest but very rewarding with the views from the top! Total mileage according to GPS on my phone was 8 miles.

Because of the elevation gain none of the three trails to Crosier summit should be considered "easy".

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, with gorgeous views of Long's and Estes Park. Good for a rigorous half day.

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9 months ago

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Took the family (9 yo and 13 yo + dog) on this hike and went to the intersection with the 931 trail. A few peek-a-boo views on the way up were nice. Stopped at Table Rock for lunch which was great. Then continued on to the trail intersection, which wasn't quite worth the effort. I'd say if you aren't going all the way to the top Table Rock is the right turnaround.

Not sure I would do this hike again however. I think it should probably be rated Moderate rather than Easy. It was uphill and often steep the whole way in.

The trail head is a little less than pleasant too. Construction trailer and portable potty didn't inspire our wilderness intentions. Minor detail overall, but we noticed.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013