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Disappointment Falls via Lady Moon Trail

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Cache La Poudre Wilderness

Disappointment Falls via Lady Moon Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from February until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 748 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Getting There

Parking lot and toilet facilities added in 2010

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel 22 miles north on Hwy 287 to Livermore; go west on County Road 74E (Red Feather Lakes Road) for 22 miles to the trailhead, or alternatively for 24 miles then south on CR 162 (Manhattan Road) for 3 miles.

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Heather marie
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Hiking

I was headed to the Mt. Margarette trail (which is just across the street) I hiked both of these and Lady Moon is definitely the hike of choice. It is not as flat as mt. margarette, but the beauty is incredibly diverse, more flowers, more birds, more greenery, more scenic views and we were greeted by a rainbow! Not a hard hike and quite lovely, you feel more tucked back than Mt. Margarette

Thomas Bruch
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Hiking

Hiked on 7/7including an extension with a return from the falls on Molly Lake Rd and going east on Granite Ridge over the top to a small lake, then coming back west on Granite Ridge to upper Lady Moon and back to trail head. Total hike was 7.5 miles and took a little over 4 hours including time at the falls. Weather was warm but partly cloudy with intermittent shade. Trails are generally easy and gradual plus dry at this time. Signage was lacking at intersections of Lady Moon-Molly Lake and Molly Lake-Granite Ridge. Scenery is varied with trees, open areas and rock outcroppings. Wild flowers were abundant and area quite green plus the falls still had good flow. Trail head map was incomplete compared to All Trails map. Restrooms still closed at Lady Moon but open at Mt. Margaret. Great hike and will do again.

Ebony G.
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Hiking

Great trail!!! The falls weren’t disappointing. It’s just a short falls. Various sceneries that you are able to enjoy: clearings, fields, wooded, and the best part cows!!! The water was running fast. Hope you enjoy!!!

Kim Craig
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HikingMuddy

Great easy hike. Muddy crossing early in hike and a couple of additional wet spots however all easy to navigate. Falls were not fantastic but wasn't disappointed. Directional signage can be confusing, stay on Lady Moon trail for view of the falls.

Chelsea Linafelter
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HikingMuddy

Fantastic trail. No spectacular views but the scenery is gorgeous. Wild flowers are in abundance right now and the falls are flowing!

kevin SIDDALL
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Hiking

My girlfriend and I got on the trail about 4pm on a friday, it was a cloudy on and off rainy day so we had the trail to ourselves. Definitely pretty easy, beautiful views of meadows and rocky peaks all around, the falls are not amazing but pretty. We took a detour on the way back that only added about an extra mile and adds some better high up views, unfortunately it’s not marked but it is on the alltrails map. Got caught in an insane lightning and hail storm and the trail basically became a river. Definitely bring good water shoes either way as there is a small bog we had to cross in the beginning. Took us three hours with multiple stops waiting out the rain. Most columbine i’ve ever seen!

Ann Gabel
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HikingMuddy

Very scenic, just a little muddy in spots, flowers blooming and falls were full and running fast. Few people and easy parking on a Sat morning.

Mr M
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Hiking

Very pretty, nice variation in scenery. Not much shade along the way, but very easy hiking.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth Sandstrum
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HikingBugsMuddy

good hike, some shade, great views. lots of up and down. saw a moose!

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Chelsea Long
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HikingBugsMuddyNo shade

Nice, really easy hike. A little muddy in some spots. At one point you have to balance on some logs and walk across a very muddy spot. Hope you have good balance! Hiked in the late afternoon on a Thursday and there was only one other group on the trail. Also, wear bug spray! I left the hike with quite a few bites. Took about 2.5 hours and we went pretty slow and stopped at the fall for a while.

Savannah Millburn
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Hiking

Overall great trail! A bit muddy in heavily trafficked areas with some holes but that only comprises about a tenth of a mile so no big deal. Make sure to stay on Lady Moon all the way until the Disappointment falls TH, the map at the main trailhead can be somewhat misleading.

Felicity Slade
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HikingMuddy

I loved this trail! Gentle grade and pretty views the whole time. Did the whole thing in less than 2 hours. Would definitely recommend!

Janna Stieg
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HikingMuddy

Nice hike with beautiful wildflowers. I would have rated this trail as "easy." It's nice for people with bad knees because there are no large steps up or down. I would have given it 5 stars except the falls were, well, you know...

Katt Crowdis
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! The waterfall at the end is actually quite substantial. I would highly recommend this hike!

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Nicole Tomky
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HikingMuddy

Hiked today. The aspens are a really pretty bright green right now with the early leaves. There were lots of wildflowers, including wild irises. As others have mentioned, there's a tricky muddy/swampy area to get through near the beginning of the trail. We arrived around 9:30 and there were 3 parking spaces left but the lot was full just a few minutes later. The trail did not seem overly crowded. The outhouses are still closed. I don't find the Red Feather Area to be as scenic as some other areas of Colorado but this trail is a nice early season option with decent views while we wait for the snow to melt at the high elevations.

Heather Pulley
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HikingBugsMuddy

5/31/20 - Really beautiful trail! There are a couple parts with significant mud, but they are small sections and most of the trail was dry today. I loved the meadows and the aspen and the rock formations. The incline is fairly gentle and primarily on the hike back out. The falls were moving fast and had plenty of water and it was a nice end to a lovely trail.

Emily VonFeldt
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HikingMuddy

Gorgeous hike! It's still muddy in some places, one spot is easier to avoid than the other. The waterfall had a nice rushing current and the wildflowers are starting to come out.

Chad Arthur
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Trail was pretty muddy and areas around the streams had standing water, but to be expected when it rained and snowed all day and night before. Most of the trail after the hike down into the valley was solid. Flowers are starting to come out. Going to be a real pretty hike for the next month or more. Probably saw about a dozen people today (Memorial Day).

Sudi Sloan
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Hiking

pure Colorado.

Delia Rodriguez
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HikingMuddy

Hiked this two weekends ago and it was great! The parking lot was full but didn’t run into as many people as I expected. Definitely some muddy and a couple runoff areas to cross but the falls themselves were flowing and beautiful. Some nice views if your looking for something pretty easy as well as a gorgeous drive on the way up!

Daniel Loucks
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HikingMuddy

Two to three muddy spots . Beautiful hike and will be returning later in the year when the Aspens are leafed out. Falls were great and full. My kids loved it also.

Michael Borello
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HikingMuddy
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Geoffrey DeSena
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BackpackingMuddy

A wonderful little trail. Nice as a day hike or a good section of forest to find a place to spend the night outside. Still very muddy in late April. Your feet are going to get wet eventually. We didn't go to Molly Lake, but we heard that there was a lot of snow. Bathrooms are closed during COVID!

Leah Sauerwein
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Literally a disappointment. We wandered around for awhile before we realized the small creek at the end was actually a “waterfall”

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