North Fork Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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North Fork Trail is a 10.3 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 best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,876 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

blowdown

rocky

scramble

hiking
12 days ago

Gorgeous trail! Lush & green most of the way with abundant, tall wildflowers, even moss and ferns. Shaded. Follows the creek most the way. Rocky in spots, but mostly soft trail. 10 campsites along trail. Hummingbirds, woodpeckers, trout & bear scrapings. Ample parking @ trailhead. Bring bug repellent -- sneaky biting flies today (probably from nearby stables). You will see damage from big flood a few years back, but all bridges are rebuilt for the 3-4 creek crossings.

hiking
16 days ago

I loved the wildflowers and you get the sound of rushing water following you along this hike. We couldn't go beyond into RMNP so didn't have a final "payoff" view but it was great! Beautiful trail, well maintained, pretty easy hike. Abundant parking at the trail head.

28 days ago

Love this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful wooded, Moss covered trees, Only 3 people & a dog on the trail

hiking
2 months ago

6/13/18: Beautiful trail with river access in the first half, lots of wildflowers, meadows, aspen groves, and pine forests. Most of the trail has dense ground vegetation with pretty grasses and wildflowers on each side. Some exposed areas but lots of shade. There's a short initial descent right at the beginning, then overall a very gradual incline. Went with my dog mid day, mid week, and came across 4 other small groups in 8 miles. The last mile or so enters RMNP so turned around here (dog). No big scenic vistas or mountain views, but great nonetheless and a different experience than subalpine/alpine hikes. Consider this easy if you hike often.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this Trail! Only Hiked a few miles in on Sunday. Weather was amazing and trail was nice. Rangers were knowledgeable and pleasant. Walking along the river with all the flowers and butterflies was very peaceful. Parking lot was full but did not see very many people on the trail . Definitely a new favorite. Will hike further in next time.

hiking
2 months ago

Went in 3 miles, stopped for lunch and and hiked back. We had done Storm Pass the previous day, so a pretty hike with an overall 280 gain was easy on the knees. A real nice break from the crowded trails in RMNP.

backpacking
2 months ago

Continue along the North Fork Trail into RMNP, to reach Lost Lake about 10 miles in. Can reserve backcountry sites on RMNP website. We camped at the Happily Lost Campsite (about 6.5 miles in, 1400ft elevation gain) and headed towards Lost Lake the next day. Lost Falls was incredible with all the extra water from the snowmelt, but we did not make it to the lake because of snow. Snow was patchy along the trail, but 4' deep at the highest points. Gaiters would be better than snowshoes, because of the intermittency of the snow/dry areas. We turned around at the Sugarloaf Campsite due to time, so not sure what the rest of the way to the lake looks like.

Also! Comanche Peaks Wilderness added some new campsites along the Comanche side of the trail (the part before you enter RMNP). There were 8 of them marked and I believe they are first come first serve? Not aware of a reservation system for those.

2 months ago

Awesome drive on the newly repaired 34 to the trailhead! We hiked this trail on a somewhat hot and busy Sunday, busy parking lot but enough spots. Decent pit toilet and information board at the trailhead. The trail descends quickly and follows the river in and out of the shade of the Forrest we hiked 2 miles in and headed back. Pine forests, aspens, butterflies and the constant sound of rushing water made this a great trail for us. I would love to come back earlier in the day and on a weekday.

11 months ago

one of my favorite trails before the flood in 2012. went back for the first time since then and still a great trail

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Well the trail is nice easy no steep terrain, but full of horse shit

hiking
Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great trail, relatively flat for the first few miles. Crosses into RMNP and ends at Lost lake ~ 10 miles in.

hiking
Friday, August 04, 2017

LOVED THIS TRAIL!! We hiked up behind the park rangers (they were on horseback) who were very helpful and answered our questions. The river was wonderful and perfect for our dogs to cool down in. We were short on time and didn't make it all the way up, but what we did do was beautiful and we are already planning to go back!

walking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We hiked this with our dog this evening. Idk how far we went, maybe 5-6 mi RT. It was cool and quiet, next to the river. It was lovely!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Easy grade through lots of different environments. It was a beautiful wild flower hike following the river. Still snow at lost lake but you can still get through.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Our family loves the North Fork! We frequent this trail and enjoy hiking, trail running, camping, and relaxing in the hammock! Our kids are ages 8-13 and it is a great hike for our family, also dog friendly!

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

I love this trail! I had not hiked it since the 2013 flood and was amazed by the reconstruction of the trail. Granted there is a lot of terrain that was remodeled by the flood and the trail had been rerouted in some areas but it is still a fantastic trail. My dogs absolutely love this trail due to the readily available access to a water source.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lost Lake is at the end of the trail in Rmnp. At about 10 miles. No dogs allowed after the park boundary. This area was devastated by 2013 flood but volunteers for the park service have rebuilt the trail and bridges. Camp only in designated areas. Permit required to camp in RMNP.
One of my favorite hikes for 30 years.
Moose mtn lion and elk. Keep dogs on leash for your safety and theirs.

backpacking
Monday, May 15, 2017

This trail info was very deceiving. There was a picture of a lake on this page but you cannot get to is on this trail!

The trail was okay... but once you get to the end there is not place to camp!!! The trails in the Rocky Mountains park were AWFUL!

Also one side of it trail is cut off. No good! very deceiving. All in all for a day hike yes!!! the trail rocks. but for backpacking I would say a hard no!

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Very beautiful and peaceful, did this two weeks ago and there were still some nice fall colors. Also forded the river near the junction with the north boundary trail and found kettle tarn

hiking
Sunday, August 22, 2010

This is a great hike if you need to get out for the day! Great for dogs because of the many water crossings. Shade and sun is great too. Be cautious in the spring/early summer; snow can still be present past the boys camp. Can be muddy past boys camp but still passable.

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