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Stormy Peaks Trail is a 12.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Length 12.1 mi Elevation gain 3,477 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

No dogs

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Contact
Getting There

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Fort Collins: Take Highway 14 west about 30 miles to the Pingree Park Road (County Road 63E). Take the Pingree Park Road south. Follow this road about 15 miles to the Stormy Peaks Trailhead, near Pingree Park.

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Melissa H.
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Hiking

super amazing and awesome, not too hard, beautiful views. Rocky and very green.

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Pat Burger
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Hiking

Nice quiet trail.

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Jessica B.
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HikingRockyScramble

Solo hikers beware...went about 4 miles in and came across a man on the trail who was exposed. He had a small dog with him and no hiking gear. The dog got my attention first but when I looked up it was apparent what he was doing... When he noticed I realized, (no, he wasn’t peeing) he quickly zipped up his pants. I wanted to tell the Rangers but the office was closed by the time I got back down the mountain. I’ll be calling in tomorrow to give them the FYI. Also, The trail is terribly marked. Don’t waste your time trying to see the B-17 crash if your goal is Stormy Peaks. When you get to the fork in the road, go straight. The trail sign is a bit hidden behind some tree branches. Finally, beware the Buckhorn Rd to Pingree Park...1.25 straight hour of gravel, rocky, roads. I highly suggest a vehicle with 4 wheel drive and great tires!

Kelsey Peters
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HikingRockySnow

Didn’t need the snowshoes or spikes, but there were a couple snow spots to walk around or over.

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Derek Williams
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HikingMuddySnow

Very nice hike. Great views of Pingree park and the CSU Mountain Campus along the trail. This time of year, about 2.5 - 3.0 miles in, snow shoes are required. The trail is difficult to follow due to the snow coverage. A GPS is highly recommended after this point. Travel is also slow because the snow shoes must be repeatedly put on and taken off. There are still some great views before the snowy sections.

Jarred Bland
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Katt Crowdis
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HikingSnow

Pretty terrain! However currently beginning at 2.5 miles it’s practically impassable without snowshoes. I continued for half a mile and had hip height potholing. I really wouldn’t suggest going much further hiking until June.

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Scott Smith
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Hiking

One of my favorite days from my Colorado Backpacking Trip. Absolutely amazing. We even turned the corner to a large moose in the way of our path

Megan Senour
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HikingSnow

Trail was hard to follow a little bit around 3.5 miles. Only found it from someone else who was on the trail with us. Only saw one other person on the trail. A good amount of snow, but still an awesome hike!

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Robby L.
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HikingRocky

Hiked on 09-26-2019. Hiked to Stormy Peaks Pass. Upon entering the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, the trail gets steep, rocky, and rough, even more so through the Park. Hiking uphill, occasional great views to the right of the valley and Comanche Peak, Fall Mountain, etc. Once you leave the forest, you're deposited into a valley with the Stormy Peaks to your left. The pass itself is rather unspectacular, but the valley you're hiking in is dramatic. I didn't try to climb any of the peaks because of gale-force winds roaring up the valley. Coming down the pass before I got back into the forest, I had to lean my body into the typhoon, the wind almost knocked me over a few times. I also did the hike to Emmaline Lake and Mummy Pass this summer (same area out of Pingree Park), and although this hike to Stormy Peaks Pass was great, if you only have time for one hike in this area, I think Emmaline Lake or Mummy Pass are more rewarding.

Josue Rodriguez
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Hiking

Did this trail August 1st. Beautiful sights with a fun elevation gain time. All cleared out.

Emmi Crowe
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Monica Olsen
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Hiking

Started near CSU Mountain Campus and hiked up to 3.1 miles to where sign says entering Rocky Mountain National Park. Our main intent was to see the B-17 crash site, but the directions are very misleading on All Trails so very disappointing. The day was beautiful in the beginning but became very hot on the way back and couldn’t wait to leave. Walking through the trail with the Alpine trees was my favorite. Not enough water for me. I like seeing waterfalls and streams and this trail had very little of that. View at top was pretty though.

Sandra Gomez
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hubby and i enjoyed the view that we saw the snow block path up neither of us had spikes and grandson enjoyed the hike

G Lewis
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Hiking

Nice steady hike with tremendous views.

Audrey Farr
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wish I could have completed this trail, but we hit deeper snow and I had my baby with me. We weren't prepared to continue, but from what I did see it was a beautiful area and I'd love to return and complete the trail.

Alex Prigge
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Hiking

Tough scramble to the top of the peak, but definitely a good hike!

Carissa Black
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First to Review

I did this hike a while ago, but it looks like my review was lost? Anyway, from what I remember it's pretty tough, took a whole day. You come out of the woods into a nice meadow where you walk over to the base of the peak. I really liked the meadow, lots of flowers when I was there. The scramble up to the top of stormy peak took a while but was worth it for the view. Clouds rolled in fast, so be on the lookout and give yourself plenty of time to get back in the trees. I think i remember getting off trail and lost for a bit on my way back out. There were cairns but I'd missed one maybe?

Wendy Turner
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Cody Elder
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Leighton Macalister
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Eric Fetherman
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Jill Gannon
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Damien Hunter
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Peyton Haifley
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RICHARD SMITH
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Drew Valdez
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