Seaman Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Seaman Reservoir Trail 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

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

river

views

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
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

it was a nice nature walk. lots of great spots to let your dogs play in the river. trail dry. watch for snakes! someone's dog got bit by a rattler while we were up there today. I would call this trail easy.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was beautiful - can be very steep at times. My friend and I walked into this trail ridiculously under prepared - I hiked this in flip flops, which I don't recommend for obvious reasons, but once you get to area to dip your feet in it's great. The hike out doesn't take nearly as long.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

this is a very easy trail there are a few slight and short inclines but nothing that is difficult for any ability. The views are okay on the trail and the reservoir is nice to look at but overall it's just a nice relatively easy trail. watch out for rattlesnakes as one was seen the day that we did our hike.

paddle sports
no shade
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Very pretty. We prefer to climb the first steep hill and kayak the reservoir around instead of hiking the trail, too many rattlesnakes on the trail to the cliff in previous years. The paddling is wonderful however beware! The dam area must be avoided as it is exposed and there is likely an undertow. We followed the shoreline and had no trouble. There is little to no maintenance of the trail so staying on trail can be a little weird too, kinda feels like a game trail in places. If you arrive before 11 you will have most of the hike to yourself depending on the day of the week. There is NO shade once you begin the actual hike up to the dam and beyond to the cliff, so seriously bring drinks especially in the summer as the heat can be dangerous. The jump at the end is worthwhile though! Signs at the beginning of the hike say no swimming but people do and have ( feels awesome on a hot day!) Popular with the college aged crowd in the p.m.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail with a lake at the end.

hiking
muddy
snow
8 months ago

I’ve always really liked this hike. I went 3/10/19 and we kind of got lost on the way there. After the dam, climb up the left side of the reservoir. Some parts are pretty treacherous with slick mud and snow. Hidden gem for sure. Make sure to come here in the summer! It is quite the treat.

hiking
11 months ago

Visited on a Saturday morning in December, only saw a handful of people. It was an easy outing.

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

The agencies that manage neighboring lands to Gateway Natural Area are increasing enforcement. Often Gateway is the starting point for visitors to access land beyond Gateway’s boundaries, including Seaman Reservoir. Gateway’s “pass through” visitors are reminded of these regulations, which are posted at Seaman Reservoir: • Public access is for hunting and fishing only. Entry for any other use is prohibited. o Hunting access is from September 1 thru May 15 o Fishing access is year-round • Entry by foot or horseback only- no motorized vehicles • Littering, camping, and fires are prohibited • No swimming allowed in Seaman Reservoir • No target shooting of any kind • Dogs prohibited except when used for hunting For more information visit www.colorado.gov/statelandboard and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (manages the land surrounding Seaman Reservoir), 970-472-4300, www.cpw.state.co.us, Shane Craig, District Wildlife Manager, North Poudre Canyon, shane.craig@state.co.us

hiking
Tue Jul 03 2018

Great morning hike! Took my kids ages 6-16 and even though it was hard for the little one, she did it! Also took our two large dogs and they loved the multiple spots to dip in the water and cool off. Only saw a couple others.

camping
Wed Jun 27 2018

Great spot with minimal traffic.

hiking
Sun Jun 10 2018

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
Sat May 19 2018

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
Wed May 02 2018

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.

Sat Aug 26 2017

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.

Sun Aug 13 2017

We hiked black powder trail and then seaman reservoir trail!

hiking
Thu Jul 27 2017

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.

Mon Jul 17 2017

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

Mon Jul 10 2017

great for dog owners

hiking
Sat May 13 2017

Gorgeous morning! Well worth it!

Tue Mar 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.

Thu Mar 23 2017

hiking
Sun Mar 19 2017

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

hiking
Sun Mar 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)

hiking
18 days ago

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