Mount Margaret Trail

EASY 39 reviews

Mount Margaret Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
3 days ago

mountain biking
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

LOVE THIS TRAIL!! Went up on a Thursday and we only came across a handful of people the entire time. Hiked to East Dowdy Lake and hung out for a bit. Really beautiful spot, super easy trail, and totally worth the trip. There were a lot of ticks there though!

backpacking
30 days ago

Suimmary of tips that we found helpful:
- take a picture of trailhead map
- hike Dowdy lake .. it is pretty.
- easy to miss designated campsites, look for metal fire rings
- enjoy the beautiful walk, stop at the pretty spots because the end is anti climatic or take the trail to the scenic point instead of end of Margaret's

Our own tips:
- find a campsite before the gates (about two miles in). We are going to try to wonder around after the creek but before the gates in search of suitable sites. The cow patties have taken over all designated sites
- We found the cows quite aggressive and not scared of our scary German Shepard. We could only surmise they had been fed by humans before because they would not leave our campsite even with our dog making it clear they were not welcome. They even followed us for a while when we left the site. Spooky! (Never thought I would say that about a cow)
- take plenty of water.. too much cattle run off to trust water sources.. even with filter IMHO
- enjoy the solitude.. for a Saturday night in prime back packing season we didn't see too many hikers and only one family at one of the designated sites
- if you can spare the weight.. a hammock would be great, as the ants and ground crawlers were plentiful . We didn't experience a lot of flying nuisances
- there is a bathroom but no trash at trailhead, so get rid of trash in town if needed
- plenty of wood and rocks and open space for a small fire, but be ready with plenty of dirt because there is a lot of dry stud just ready to be lit up... keep the fire small or not at all
- place something colorful on a tree and observe the humming birds.

Overall great place for kids and dogs. Very easy hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an interesting trail.
The "summit" of the Mountain was ~150 feet LOWER than the trailhead. Also There was a lot of horse droppings all over the trail.

We also took an little detour and stopped and took a walk around Dowdy Lake. Which was REALLY pretty!!

The end of the trail lead us to a rock hill which we climbed and were able look down into a valley. This part was fun.

TLDR: Not bad, pretty flat, anticlimactic.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

We started from Dowdy campground and took Frog Pond to this trail. We saw a deer and fawn along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. There are several different loops you can take. Saw tons of wildflowers.

1 month ago

We began from Dowdy Lake Campground. Quiet easy hike. Beautiful wild flowers. At the "end of trail" sign we climbed on up boulders to get a pretty view of valleys. We saw no one and it was peaceful and serene without so much foot traffic!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It's an easy, relaxing hike with tons of trails to explore in the area. I'd definitely recommend it for someone getting into hiking or just wanting an easy day.

hiking
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Excellent, very easy hike with great views among the way and plenty of side trails to wander off of. The end is kind of anti-climactic, as previous reviews have mentioned. But, the walk in and out is so great that it doesn't damper the day at all. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with multiple stands of aspens and a small pond. However, the end is not what you would expect for hiking to the top of the mountain. Instead there's a clearing surrounded by trees, and you really can't see any view at all.

backpacking
2 months ago

Extremely easy and beautiful trail, next time going for moderate!

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