Round Mountain Nature and Summit Trails [CLOSED]

MODERATE 98 reviews

Round Mountain Nature and Summit Trails [CLOSED] is a 9.6 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
9.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3156 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
1 month ago

Among my favorites for young kids. Plenty of tree cover and a steady incline, but not too steep for little legs and if you are wearing a baby. We used to hike this almost weekly, leaving Loveland about 10am, packing light lunch to eat on trail or in car after, and home around 2 pm, just iin time for naps.

hiking
6 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

7 months ago

This is my favorite hike! Definitely family friendly.

hiking
7 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.

8 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
8 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
9 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
10 months ago

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

10 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
10 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.

10 months ago

is it ten round trip? or 20

10 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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Awesome hike, not the greatest view at the summit... But it's about the journey not the destination on this hike

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Easy hike for the whole family. We took the foothills trail which lead us to a rock shelter which is pretty fun to rest at and look at the river from the top.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Great hike! Although, the distance of this hike is incorrect. To the top is about 5.5 miles, so a total milage closer to 11 miles. The scenery was spectacular on the hike and the drive. Not too steep of a hike and it had plenty of ups and downs.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Excellent for summer with good tree cover and mountain shade.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

It was a really good hike. Pretty views and awesome rock formations.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We only did it to the first station. I liked the terrain though easy to climb.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Fun and challenging trail. During the summer I recommend starting early as it can get very hot on the trail. If you take the dog, there's a great little oasis for them to cool off in near the 3mi mark. But make sure to take plenty of water for yourself and them as you'll need it. Really no good views at the top, just a big rock cairn.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Trail was very pretty. I only made it to the 3 mile marker then had to turn back because it started to thunder and rain. Good variety of terrain and landscapes. I definitely want to go back and do the whole trail.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

good, but not much to see on the top

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