Round Mountain Nature and Summit Trails [CLOSED]

MODERATE 97 reviews

Round Mountain Nature and Summit Trails [CLOSED] is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cedar Cove, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3106 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no shade

Directions from Loveland: Approximately 12 miles west on Highway 34 and just 3 miles up the Big Thompson Canyon you will see the trailhead on the south side of the road. Look for the Loveland Mountain Park Area and the trailhead.

hiking
3 months ago

Closed until further notice while Larimer County upgrades area and Big Thompson Canyon & Hwy 34 is restored. Found out the hard way after scoping out the trail on this app the night before.
https://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/parks

4 months ago

This is my favorite hike! Definitely family friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Both the "Summit Trail" and the "Nature Trail" are maintained by the members of the Loveland Mountain Club. Two things that are helpful to know about the"Summit Trail" trail: (1). It's a dry trail, there aren't any sources of water available, (2) If you want a nice summit view follow the little use trail from the summit cairn about twenty - thirty yards to the west for an excellent view of the Mummy Range peaks.

5 months ago

Great hike, definitely moderate. Rocky in parts and trees in others. Lots of flowers and butterflies about half way up. At the top it isn't easy to get a full view due to trees but it was definitely a beautiful hike with excellent views on the journey up!

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail!! Went out solo last summer and did the nature trail which is a nice short trip to get your feet wet with. Then, was finally able to go back and try the summit trail after they opened the canyon back up this spring. We loved it! Didn't quite make it to the summit because it got too hot, but we'll definitely be going back to complete it!

hiking
6 months ago

Beware, there are a ton of cacti along the trail, and this is an intense one! Great to hear the river from the distance and cool views!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, with a fun climb. Good tree coverage most of the time. Cheers.

7 months ago

LOVED THUS SUMMIT TRAIL.
I HAVEN'T BEEN ON THIS TRAIL FOR A LONG TIME. BUT IT WAS ALL UPHILL. BUT MY FRIEND AND I REALLY ENJOYED THIS HIKE. FIRST TIME FOR BOTH OF US. THERE IS A LOT OF BEAUTIFUL VIEWS. WE TOKE A LOT OF LITTLE BREAKS AND PHOTOS. BUT WE DIDN'T MAKE IT TO THE SUMMIT. BUT WE MADE IT TO THE BIRDBATH ROCK. WE WILL HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful hike, loose gravel on the trail created a a challenge for me to descend. But pretty good trail condition and beautiful scenery.

7 months ago

is it ten round trip? or 20

7 months ago

Tough!

Monday, October 10, 2016

fun trail. 1 mile climbing above the canyon road the beautiful scenery.

walking
Monday, September 26, 2016

There is a summit and a nature trail. Took the nature trail today, just 1 mile each way. Nice and leisurely; good for kids. Awesome rock house lookout at the top with nice views of the river and canyon.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Just want to warn all hikers that this trail will be closed for repairs and maintenance on October 17, 2016 until June of 2017. The City of Loveland is planning some needed maintenance of the trail head and will be closing this trail in the fall. If you need additional information on the closure - visit www.Cityofloveland.org/trails.

Happy hiking until October 17th! Please don't trespass - it's for your own safety!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

I used this trail to build up to mountain hiking. Good trail not to busy and plenty of climb.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

we almost missed the parking lot driving up-it's hidden on the side and not well marked! the summit trail is moderate-difficult, a lot of rocks and steep elevation gain! our kids hiked 2 miles up and then wanted to turn back. we later tried the nature trail which was great for the kiddos! a short, easy hike (age 5 and 8 loved it)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Good hike, but not great views

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

This is a high moderate hike with quite a bit of elevation gain. Bring lots of water! Nice mix of sunny and shady areas along the trail. The views are amazing (except for the summit which is a little disappointing). I went the entire trail without seeing another person which is extremely rare in this area (went on a Wednesday during the mid-summer). I will do this hike again for conditioning to prepare for future hikes.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Kinda bummed by the view at the top, but I should've read the reviews and expected it. Looks like you might be able to go off the trail and do a little bouldering to get a better view, but I didn't give it a shot this time. Quite the incline most of the way up, but nothing unbearable. Overall a pretty fun hike...but nothing outstanding.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

We took the trail all the way to Sheep Mountain and it is at least 4.5 miles to the top. You do gain allot of altitude on this climb to the top so it is a hike and not a walk in the woods. There are some great views on the way up and you go through some cool rock formations between mile markers 2 and 3. The summit is nothing spectacular, but if you walk a little farther you do get a nice view of the valley and the country north of the Thompson River. We did see a grouse, two deer, and an awesome bear just above mile marker 4! Take plenty of water and just remember on the way up it is down hill all the way back to the trailhead.

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