Storm Mountain is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Drake, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,328 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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PLEASE NOTE: As of May 24, 2020, users have reported that gates are closed for OHV. This is a great hike to the top of one of the tallest peaks this side of RMNP and the Divide. There are great views of the Park and Longs Peak from the trail. This route is best in Spring time, when you set out from the locked forest road gate. From there, it's a nice 2.5 miles up to the summit. There are some wide open views at the peak, but plenty of trees to obstruct a 360 view. If you go in the summer or fall, expect to share the road with motorcycles and other vehicles. This is a great trail for the less experienced, pets and kids. Outstanding views of RMNP.

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely a good leg workout, worth it for the views!

closed
3 days ago

gates are closed for ohv

hiking
5 days ago

Perfect conditions today! Trail wasn’t too crowded. Half of the trail is shaded the other half open meadows. Steady incline to the top. Gorgeous view at the peak. Took me and two friends 1.5 hr to get to the top and 40min to get back down. Loose gravel on the way down is harder to navigate; I’m glad I had hiking boots. Not a lot of wildflowers but the aspens will be gorgeous in the fall! Also saw some decent camping areas along the way

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful view at the top! Highly recommend this hike. Plenty of shade throughout the trail. Current conditions- no snow or mud.

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rocky
6 days ago

Great views along the way. Summit has obstructed views, but right below summit there is a single track that takes you to the best spot on the mountain.

hiking
7 days ago

A moderate to steep climb up a service road... you will most likely share the "trail" with vehicles in the summer, so just be aware of that. Parking can be tricky, and the road is a bit washed out on the way in. All of those are pretty worth it for the views throughout the hike and especially at top, like everyone else has noted in their reviews.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiking up an open rugged road with a few steep sections. Mostly in the pines, lots of aspens just blooming now. Big open meadow before the summit has amazing open views of Longs and the surrounding mountains looking toward Estes. Didn't see many folks on a Thursday afternoon just a couple small crews.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail with some great views. The trail is a service road that goes all the way up the mountain. It is a constant steep incline- and gives you a great workout. The best views were an open field shortly before you get to the summit. A good practice for some of the harder trails .

hiking
23 days ago

The road climbs a short steady incline. Good leg workout and the view was spectacular!!

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rocky
25 days ago

This is a great trail with fantastic views! Just make sure you come in hiking shoes and not running shoes for this one haha

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snow
1 month ago

Totally worth the view at the top! It’s a wide trail the whole way since off road vehicles are allowed on it but still a beautiful path through the pine and aspen trees. Today it was covered in packed snow most of the way so yak tracks were def necessary!

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snow
1 month ago

Small summit has trees that limit the view BUT stellar, 270-degree views are available from an obvious rocky promontory just 100' beyond the turn for the summit at the end of the road. Big views also from the trail as it winds its way up a meadow in the final half-mile. Overall, this is an easy hike along forest service roads. It is remote. Bring a sitting pad and a good lunch and settle in at the top for an extended time. Very limited parking at the closure gate but there are spaces to pull out along the approach road to park. Today, there was mud down low but we were quickly into the snow. It is firm enough to walk on. Steepness of the trail and the slippery snow and ice make it advisable to wear MicroSpikes especially on the way down. We encountered a group of target shooters near the trailhead but they were courteous and would stop as hikers passed by. They are also shooting away from the trail. It is turkey season and we've been wearing blaze orange vests for all of our recent hikes on Forest Service land..

hiking
1 month ago

Really good trail Heard some strange noises while waking up about 4pm Not the first time something weird has happened at storm mountain I’ve also had rocks thrown at me while up there a few months ago and strange knocks echoing through the woods I’d bring a knife or something if you go up there

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snow
1 month ago

Hiked up to the top this afternoon. We used snow shoes part of the hike, but poles almost the entire thing. Mostly all snow covered besides a few muddy spots! Was pretty windy, but super fun hike and the view at the top is worth every mile!

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snow
2 months ago

Can’t get to the top without snowshoes

hiking
7 months ago

Was great trail for a Colorado ZR2. Made it right to the summit on dry roads although barely had enough clearance. Definitely not for vehicles without off-road suspension height and good tires. Amazing views and beautiful fall colors!

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rocky
8 months ago

Took my dog out for a quiet hike in the early afternoon. It was just us 2 hiking but we did see 2 other pickups parked. There’s enough shade to cool off along the path. There was scattered showers here and there and parts of the road was very muddy and rocky. 4WD with off road tires is highly recommended, even to get here. I wouldn’t come during the weekend to hike as I can imagine it would be full of ATV’s and bikes.

hiking
8 months ago

Once there the views were amazing and a really cool area near where I live. We took are UTV up there and shared the trail at times with some jeeps and other moto cross bikes...but generally not too many people and at the top of Storm Mnt. that view is incredible!!!

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rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
9 months ago

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10 months ago

Hiked this trail on Saturday AM. Not easy to find if you’re not familiar. Trail is ATV trail and we had it to ourselves most of the trip up with exception of 2 guys having pistol practice which was a little unnerving. When we passed them they must have moved on as we didn’t hear them again. Great views of RMNP and good climb. Best done early due to heat even though a lot of the trail is forest. No real parking or trailhead designation.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. The gate is still locked so we had the trail almost to ourselves - we encountered one trail runner who lives nearby. Great views of RMNP. This is a 4WD road with a few difficult sections. There is no signage so you could take the wrong road and miss the summit. We've lived in Fort Collins for 18 years and this was the first time hiking this trail!

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