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Roaring Creek is a 9.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.6 mi Elevation gain 2,198 ft Route type Out & Back

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Ranger Rusty
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Hiking

It is my opinion that this hike is moderate if you are someone who is in somewhat good physical shape, sure footed, can take the sun, and likes to climb hills. This hike is not for anyone that feels they need a postcard picture at every turn to feel rewarded by the hike. Plenty of amazing picture opportunities, it's just not a trail with iconic touristy views. It is however home to an amazing trail that takes you through various types of landscape and vegetation. If you like trees, flowers, and small waterfalls then you will enjoy this hike as it winds you 5 miles (+/-) up the mountain through various levels of terrain and 5 miles back. This certainly is not a "shade the whole way" trail, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop and rest in the shade. Especially if you are not afraid of walking a few feet off the trail. You can hear the creek for a large part of the trail and there are several spots that you can stop to visit small waterfalls and sitting holes (small swimming holes) to cool off. If you are the adventurous type, there are several spots along the way that side trails lead to more obscure water spots. I have hiked this during the summer and winter. This hike being in the summer, the most impactful difference from winter is the trail itself. During the summer there is lots of vegetation, so if you are sensitive to "bushes scrubbing the legs" as you walk, then I would definitely wear leg gear and bring bug spray. I made the whole hike and lived through the bugs, but do remember a couple times finding them a nuisance. Not a deal breaker for me, but some are more sensitive. Bring plenty of water, just when you think there can't be another uphill section, it appears. If you are not an avid hiker you will most likely turn around in the first mile or two. Shoes are something I would be particularly conscious of, as the terrain is rocky and uneven. Bad shoes can cause a fall or you will feel every stone on the ground through your shoe. I know this is common hiking sense, but still worth mentioning for this trail. Wear the right shoes for you and bring hiking sticks if you have them. The downhill can get at the knees and toes quick. Aside from all of the amazing trees, flowers, and green vegetation you have the opportunity to see moose and elk. I have seen both. This last hike brought me around a curve to stare at a HUGE moose as he was standing right on the trail. I left the trail to give him plenty of, rejoining the trail after about 50 yards. He didn't seem to care one way or the other, but no need in testing this theory. There is no gold at the end of the rainbow when you get to the top of this trail. The trail kind of ends at a creek and you feel that you are suppose to cross it, but then there are sliver trails all around that people have obviously explored looking for a more glorious end. Cross the creek and keep straight, you should pretty quickly see a road and at the road will be a marker post designating the end/start. Overall great hike, if you are into hikes of all kinds. Weekend warriors that love touristy view spots, will be disappointed. Even if you do only do the first mile and turn around, that is a nice hike in itself. My biggest takeaways to consider when next doing this hike: Shoes Water Leg Cover Hiking Sticks Enjoy!

Ariella Wells
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Hiking

7/11 arrived at noon. only a couple of cars in parking lot. no dog poop bags so bring your own. also no trash cans or restrooms at trail so be sure to plan on packing out your garbage and go to bathroom beforehand. was warmer out today then previous time I went and was hiking with my daughter so paid a little more attention to detail of some stuff first mile to mile and half offered steady incline so be prepared for that. at noon there was no shade cover first mile. when we came back down there was shade however. did 1740 feet of elevation gain in that first 3 miles. a great spot to get dogs in water, after you cross first bridge. you will see 3 logs stacked on too of each other to show that area not trail. but between the bridge and that if you veer off to the left you can get them down in the water. there are 3 water crossings between the 1.5 mile mark and 3 mile mark. at 3 miles there is a wider one with a little bit of falls and log bridge crossing. the other 2 creek crossings were really only deep enough for the pups to get their paws wet and get a drink. the Columbines are starting to wither so if you are hoping to see them best to go soon. still really love this trail. yes there is a stretch where lots of trees are down but there is still a lot of green. and the fact that it's not highly.trafficked is s plus in my mind. will definitely be back!

Amanda McKnight
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HikingMuddy

The hike is approximately 10.2 miles round trip (the sign there also indicates it is a 5.1 hike one way). No definitive endpoint and the trail isn't super maintained (have to duck and crawl over some trees). Not one of my favorite hikes and the forest is still pretty dead. You could probably find a better hike similar mileage, drive time, and elevation gain elsewhere. There is not a lot of tree coverage which will get you pretty toasty pretty fast so bring plenty of water or get an earlier start. There are a lot of bugs out so some bug spray would do you well.

Ariella Wells
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Hiking

6/28 sunday arrived at 9 am. a little over half of small parking lot was full. there are no dog poop bags here at trail so be sure to bring your own. also no trash cans so you will need to pack them out and no bathroom so go before you leave home. this trail has a steady incline first couple of miles but not horrible. there is a lot of wildflowers right now, lots of shade. it's very green and lush. Also multiple water crossings and just water near trail. we went 9.8 miles round trip but didn't get to end. all trails says its 9.6. the map at the trailhead makes it appear to just end at a road though anyway so not sure if it matters or not. gorgeous trail. loved it and will definitely be back!

Ayanna Hager
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Hiking

no snow the last time I went. it was absolutely stunning and the view was to die for. just watch out for wild life later on in the day

Heide Scheid
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Hiking

Great trail- the first mile is the hardest climb then it levels out and is an easy trek up. Lots of creek crossings for the dogs. no issues getting over them as the water runoff is lower than in May. Also no snow up top anymore. We couldn’t tell exactly where the trail ended so we went a total of 10.5 miles.

Michael Turnbull
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HikingMuddySnow

Took the kids and dogs. Snow and mud. Turned around at .75 miles. The trail started to become a stream with the run off and our sneakers were soaked! Beautiful though and would have been even better with waterproof shoes. Didn’t see a soul. We’ll do it again..

Joseph Archuleta
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Hiking

This is an awesome trail that I try to do a couple times a year. The first mile or two is the hardest part of the trail before it levels out and takes you through some really dense backcountry. As of May 20th, the creek is flowing really hard and the trail is dry and in good condition until you get to the 4 mile mark. The snow was still too deep to continue after this point and the trail was lost. The dog and I started at 9am and didn’t see anyone else on the trail until we were almost back down.

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Troy Bauer
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Hiking

Overall it is a good trail, in good shape. Not many views or a peak to climb. The sound of the "roaring creek" for parts of the trail was excellent and this time of year it is running high. There were lots of dead-fall trees to cross over from about the 1-3 mile range but passed a couple when coming back that had a chainsaw so should be better. Cool group of beaver ponds to view. At mile 3.2 started to get into snow. At mile 3.5 full snow, and turned around at just over 4 miles into the trail. At that point was full snow past knees in many places and no trail in sight. Saw scat for moose, deer, and elk.

Beth Scott
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Hiking

We went in 3-4 miles. It was all dry except for one small muddy stretch and just a few small patches of snow up high. There were quite a few trees across the trail up on the high/flat section, but all passable either over or under. A lovely day and not too many people!

Patrick Cullen
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HikingSnow
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Brendan Cooney
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HikingIcyMuddyRocky

Snow gets really deep about a mile and a half but super fun and beautiful otherwise

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Ben Tordik
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Hiking

My wife and I loved this trail! We got about 2.7 miles in and couldn’t continue, we were postholing pretty frequently, and eventually couldn’t find the trail any longer. Can’t wait to go back in summer. The trail was snow/ice free for about the first 1.5 miles and gradually got worse from there. Beautiful though! Well worth the extra drive. Only saw a handful of people on a Saturday

Stacy Yorek
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Hiking

I love this trail. However heads up....the last time I was up there about 1 mile in there is a massive hornets nest hanging about head high right on the trail. So execute extreme caution!

Heather Pulley
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HikingRocky

I liked this trail going up but not much shade on the way down even though it's mostly forest. The incline is gradual and I loved being in the forest. No real views, but the trail ends in a nice meadow. My recording clocked this at 10.4 miles, and the sign at the trail says 5.1 miles each way, so the listing here is wrong. Also, it's not actually in Red Feather. It's outside of Rustic, so you'll head into the Poudre Canyon to get there.

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Brooke Garza
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Hiking

Excellent for a nice full day hike

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Pat Burger
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Lots of wildflowers, Roaring Creek is nice. Meadow up top looks like it could have moose and elk but we only saw evidence of them.

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Claude Paquin
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Thomas Bruch
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Hiked this on 7/20/19. Started about 9 am, finished 3pm. Day was partly sunny, not too hot. First part of trail is steep and rocky (1 mile) before a more gradual ascent in trees. Parallels Roaring Creek for about half of the trail with sounds of running water. Wildflowers very profuse throughout. At three mile point of un-bridged creek crossing. there were makeshift poles across it enabling continuing on. Bug spray needed, especially in shaded areas due to mosquitoes. Parts of trail overgrown so hiking pants preferable. Went all 5 miles up to an anticlimactic ending. 10 miles RT, a challenging trek. Very scenic with a wilderness feel. Would do again.

Dee Warren
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HikingRocky

The back is easier than the out. The initial ascent is rocky and steep. Once through the first portion the trail levels to a more gentle climb. There are a lot of downed trees. The hike has nice views of the creek. We saw a lot of moose tracks and moose turds but no moose. I would have rated 5-stars if the trail had hugged the creek.

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Sebastián Vázquez
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Was only able to go about 2 miles deep. Snow was knee high at that point. Its really a beautiful trail. Creek was roaring. Will definitely come back better prepared in a couple days.

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Madi Cleveland
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HikingSnow

Very dog friendly trail. Beautiful views and feels pretty secluded. There is still a good amount of snow on a lot of the trail though. We hiked about two miles in before we relaxed and turned around. Definitely want to come back in a month or two when the trail is clear.

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