Seaman Reservoir Trail (To the Jumping Rock)

MODERATE 40 reviews
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Seaman Reservoir Trail (To the Jumping Rock) is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Laporte, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
403 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Beautiful scenic hike in Gateway Natural Area. From the parking lot you will walk along the Poudre River to the dam overflow at the halfway point. This will be the easiest section of the trail. There will be a steep incline to edge of the reservoir, watch your footing there are loose stones all long the way. The next half of the trail is challenging with several inclines, but the final destination makes it worth the hike. There are 3 or 4 ridges before you reach the diving rock. Depending on the year, and the depth of water, you can dive from this feature into the chilly water below. Very rewarding in the middle of the summer. The hike out feels much longer than the hike in, so make sure to bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch for the end. You will run into many other hikers or groups of hikers, especially during the peak summer months. Dogs are welcome, but be careful there are snakes and other wildlife.

hiking
11 days ago

We took our dogs last summer and were all beat from the heat. But I thought I’d try again since we had a wetter spring. This place is just dry and hot. The 2012 fire cleared out some of the area and there isn’t much shade (unless you’re down on the river fishing or at the picnic area). Definitely take extra water and snacks. For the $6 parking fee, lack of cover, pretty boring trails, this won’t be a first choice for hiking near the Poudre in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is getting hammered, 'cause this is really just a heavily used bush-wack. This is not actually an official for service trail, so now that so many people using it (I counted 100+ people one day) the EROSION IS HORRIBLE! You see so many people in over their heads, trying to climb up steep loose rocks in their flip flops, totally dehydrated and dragging a beer cooler.

It sure would be great if we could get together as a community and persuade the Forest Service or whoever is in charge of this public land to put in a few weeks with a trail crew in RE-route the whole thing so that it follows that natural topography like all good trails do.

backpacking
1 month ago

We took our fully loaded packs out for an acclimatization hike. We were looking for a trail off this route that headed west towards Greyrock. Wow what a great trail! A little hard to find (looks like a deer trail from the shore line trail. Opposite a large burned tree) I hope others will read this and start hiking this trail. It is starting to get erased from lack of use. Go look and enjoy this gem. Tip: look for cairns & branches if you are unsure.

9 months ago

Not much for shade anywhere. The water was covered in harsh smelling algae. Hiked 3 miles in hopes the water would get better but it didnt. Water might be better towards the beginning of the summer.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, but not much of a hike and no room to walk around the reservoir. You have to walk a mile past the closed off bridge to start the hike.

11 months ago

There is a parking fee of $6 unless you have a seasonal pass.

11 months ago

great for dog owners

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gorgeous morning! Well worth it!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bring lots of water! On a hot day, this hike can be quite brutal! However, the cliff jumping does help cool you off and the atmosphere is very relaxing.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice trail great views. If it's hot you'll feel it, there's not a lot of shade

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

The hike itself is fairly easy, but the reservoir and view is outstanding. Cliff jumping is what I always come for and it never disappoints! Highly recommended. (Hidden rope swing back in the valley)

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