North Fork Big Thompson River Trail Via Dunraven Trailhead

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Roosevelt National Forest

North Fork Big Thompson River Trail Via Dunraven Trailhead is a 10.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.1 miElevation gain1,889 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of January 2021, there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/arp/alerts-notices. Users have reported that the first couple miles are along private property. However, the trail is along an old Boy Scout ranch/camp that is seldom used and made up of a few wood cabins.

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Kevin Zagorda
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WalkingClosed

This is the local Fire Chief There is still smoke occurring in the North Fork Drainage. ALL USFS land north of CR 43 is closed. That includes Triangle Mt, Bulwark Ridge, North Fork, and Miller Fork Trails on USFS land. Between residual heat and hazard trees it is not safe to be going back there. So you have no business hiking on closed trails in a controlled fire zone. I spoke to the USFS about improving the signage to make this clear.

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Kevin Zagorda
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HikingBlowdown

From Dunraven Meadows past the North Boundary trail burned in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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Jill Bloomfield
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I was not a huge fan of this hike. My main complaint is that it ends abruptly and without any excitement. We didn't realize until we got there that if you go another 4 miles, you can visit Lost Lake. We didn't end up going because we hadn't planned for that based on the distance listed here. Going to Lost Lake would have added over 8 miles, had we known, we could have planned for that. so you basically go 5.3 miles to get to a sign, then you can either add 8 miles to the lake and back, or just repeat the same boring-ish 5.3 miles back to the trailhead. No breathtaking views, and the first couple miles were along private property, which was fine except I felt like we were intruding. It just didn't feel "wild" or secluded.

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Lisa Lamb
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HikingGreat!

Very gradual incline in the beginning. Runs along the river which is nice for the dogs. Overall very pretty and not too crowded!

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Ethan Bratt
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BackpackingGreat!Private propertyRocky

Nice hike. Not too difficult. While it does go through some private property, it appears to be a retreat/ranch rather than a residence and it was empty when I went through. Good hike and some beautiful places to camp in the wilderness before you get to the NP.

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Merry Mary
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Hiking

Everyone is back at school and work, so if you can get here on a weekday, you can have it all to yourself. Big parking lot, trail is easy to follow, clean bathroom. Saw plenty of wildlife.

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Joe Fleming
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HikingGreat!

no fee, restroom open, wonderful fun trail to hike, with shade available. We hiked to the RMNP border, about 4.5 miles in and about 1,000 ft elevation. The parking lot is large which is nice.

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Fred Pitzl
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HikingGreat!

Fantastic alternate to Rocky Mountain national Park. Close to the front range. Typically not crowded.

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Gary Spivak
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Marc E Marc
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Hiking

Trail was good....And it's an amazing place to catch COVID! 5 stars in the COVID catching department! Barely anyone wearing a fucking mask! My wife and I and maybe 5 others we saw on the trail had or write a mask but the other 25 plus, nothing to be found. No masks or an attempt to cover thier faces when passing on trail and it's a narrow trail as well. Asshats!

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Tom Bruch
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Hiking

Hiked on 8/21/20 with 7:30 am start. Still good parking available at the trail head. Did 4.3 miles up to boundary with Rocky Mountain National Park, then returned. The day was hazy with smoke from the wildfires which detracted but still doable. Trail initially has a steep descent to the valley floor by the river. Scenic hike along the river for about the first 2.7 miles. Then trail divides with the lower trail a spur down to the river and the upper trail is the main one ascending up a ridge to RMNP and beyond. Trail is generally easy with some areas of rock. Mostly in the trees so shady on a sunny day. Not many people to start with but gets busier later on. Overall a great hike and one to do again some time.

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austin piek
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Hiking

Good nice relaxed one hit in the morning when there is no gets busy in the afternoon

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Janice Burns
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Ryan Mosby
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Hiking

tough first 5 miles up. Lots of route finding down to North fork. NF was nice and easy back to trail head.

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Kristin George
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail through woods of pine and aspen, tons of wildflowers. Some great views throughout, and a nice, moderate incline. Lots of shade, so perfect for late July!

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Brandon Edmunds
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Awesome hike! A backpacker dropped a backpacking chair. I tried to catch them but they were too fast. DM me color and brand, I will figure out a way to get it back to you. Other than that, it wasn't busy at all in the morning. By late afternoon it was packed!

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Mark Snook
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Hiking

Great hike, kinda steep. Total came to 10.7 miles. the map is wrong is some areas and at the unmarked fork go on the upper trail. Great backpacking spots, goes by a river in the beginning.

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Stephen Riker
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BackpackingGreat!

Great backpacking trip on the North Fork Big Thompson River Trail to Silvanmere and back. Note: Do not follow google maps.

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John Nap
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BackpackingBlowdownBridge out

Had a great Hike. Water was refreshing, and trailhead had plenty of parking. A few bits of data. Site 9 is buried back in a huge grassy meadow and is nearly impossible to find without a waypoint or GPS. Lots of mosquitos there. The trail data is incorrect about site four (it is really site 3), but the site is great and has a nice hilltop to walk down from to the river. Also, if you take the river trail instead of the North Fork Trail (higher elevation), the trail has lots of windfall across it and is washed out in a few spots. Does not look well travelled and while still reasonable to follow, may be difficult to maintain trail and not go off trail to get around obstacles. Overall a great hike and my son and I really enjoyed it. Sites, 2,3,4, and 6 would be great shake down sites for a parent/child overnight.

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Taylor Fauley
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Hiking

Camping

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Josh Monast
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Hiking

Pretty nice trail I really enjoyed it!!! Didn’t get to do the whole thing. Ran out of time. Would like to do it all

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Nicole Ferrara
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loved this trail

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Kristen Gunion
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Hiking

Spectacular views and wildflowers around every turn. Parking lot fills up but the trail is not to terribly busy. Just remember to save gas for the hike out of there as it is all uphill. Also, since it goes into the national park it is only dog friendly for a short time.

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Jess Phillips
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Hiking

I absolutely love this trail. nice walk along the river. trail is easy to follow. I arrived at 3:00pm yesterday and the trailhead was full but some people were leaving after finishing their morning hike so there were a couple of spaces available.

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May Louise
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Backpacking

If you are looking for solitude or epic views, this is not the right trail. There are 8 designated spots, so plan to leave early if you hope to camp. We set up camp at spot 2, about 3.5 miles in from the trailhead. Unfortunately, two other groups set up after us in the same area as well. We could hear and see these other groups for the extent of our stay. I’m assuming there were no other spots available, so instead of calling it quits and deciding to get an earlier start next weekend, they camped right on top of us. The entire length of the trail is considered a “travel zone”. This means no campfires allowed, even if Larimer County does not have a fire ban. The scenery is nice enough. Lush woods and a rushing river. But no breath taking vistas. If we ever hike this trail again we will be obtaining backcountry permits so we can spend the night in RMNP to avoid the hordes of backpackers/hikers with poor etiquette.

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Jeff Shepit
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Hiking

Trail was in great shape. This trail barely hits the moderate classification, it’s just long. Follows the river the whole way which is very nice and our Golden loved it! AllTrails map is wrong. Stay on North Fork trail, right at the V. If you go left, as AllTrails says, the trail with end and you’ll have to walk over and under trees (no path) to reconnect with North Fork. Stay on North Fork. Restroom is closed and no trash can. It was a good day.

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