Explore the most popular camping trails near Bellvue with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good trail great view. Overall moderate trail with one difficult rock climb

backpacking
11 days ago

Backpacked 2.5 in set up camp at the first campsite. Went on headed toward the lake and .3 mi from camp I encountered a large black bear. He was as startled as I was and ran off to the north. I headed back to camp and packed up and left. I did see a mother weasel carrying her baby and a whitetail buck on the return trip.

off road driving
13 days ago

Did this yesterday, super easy trail to find. I aired down for comfort and would possibly recommend it for a few sections but you could probably make it with out. Easy trail and lots of fun. Got to the top in about 90 min.

backpacking
16 days ago

I went up for a short overnight, and the trail was beautiful! We camped at Cirque. We lost the trail a little on the way up to emmaline, but there are cairns marking the way. You shouldn't have to go over any snowfields. some muddy/wet spots but for the most part you can get around them.

We got to the meadow camping area in 1.5 hours at a decent pace. there is little elevation gain here, most of it is all in the second half of the hike.

on Big South Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Easy hike along the Poudre River. Tons of places to go off and down by the water. So happy that I brought my chacos so that I could get in the river to cool off. Made it about 3 miles in and turned around.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful hike. Fair foot traffic late on a Saturday morning/early afternoon. Wildflowers were abundant and stunning, including classic Colorado columbines. Hiked to the May Creek bridge and then back out. No snow and just a few wet/muddy patches on the trail.

on Big South Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Loved it! Stunning views and close to the river

Beautiful trail the whole way, and the payoff is worth the work

camping
29 days ago

My husband and I backpacked into Cirque Meadows late Tuesday afternoon with our three year old daughter and our dog. We camped at one of the campsites there and it was beautiful with easy access to water. It was about a three mile hike from where we parked our car on the jeep trail to Cirque Meadows. We were slow letting our daughter get in and out of the carrier it took us about an hour and a half to get to camp. We hiked up to Cirque Lake and Emmaline Lake the next morning. The trail was fun to navigate with lots of trees to jump over and river crossings in the beginning. Closer to the lakes there is quite a bit of snow we put our microspikes on at one section as an extra precaution and lost the trail a couple of times due to the snow. Keep an eye out for the cairns marking the trail at the end its easy to get off in some spots on the way up. We did end up making it to both lakes and it was well worth the adventure and snow. We camped a second night too although it would have been doable for us to head back to the car and home. Right after dinner our second night we had a female moose come right into our camp site! Luckily one low bark from our dog sent her in the other direction. We ran into another group of campers who had a similar experience so be alert and aware of what to do if a moose charges especially this time of year as we saw a mother and her baby grazing in the meadow. Beautiful to watch from a far but they are not shy up there and will get too close for comfort. We had a wonderful time and want to go back later in the season.

camping
1 month ago

I wish I was able to try this trail out. Intended to go camping and hike to the lake, via access by crown point rd. Due to logging it was closed. Since I didn’t have any cell service nor map I didn’t know of any other way to access the trail head. Ended up camping near where the road was blocked, but there are no other trails nearby, just dirt roads which isn’t very exciting. It’s beautiful though.

hiking
1 month ago

I was really excited to get to this lake but a downed tree along the boulder field near Comanche Reservoir prevented my pup and I from continuing farther. My pup is a large 125lbs and the tree was too low for him to go under and too high for him to jump/climb over, and since it was on the boulder field section we couldn't go around, and I definitely couldn't lift him over it as I weigh less than him! Hikers (without large dogs) would probably be able to work their way around so don't let this stop you! Anyways, as others have mentioned, the trailhead along Crown Point Road cannot be accessed so I parked at the Beaver Creek Trailhead instead, this makes the hike about 2 miles longer roundtrip than what is posted on here (if you were to go from crown point). The views were super pretty along the trail and the surrounding trees made the trail shaded for the majority of the way, there were a few muddy spots but I'm sure they'll be drying up soon. From the parking lot before the Sky Ranch gate, it is 4.5 miles until you reach the trail that will bring you up to Brown's Lake. After hiking a mile you reach another trailhead one that you can reach if you were to drive through the gates of Sky Ranch and save yourself a mile but as stated at the ranch gates they will close them without notice (and I didn't want to risk being locked in). Once you reach Comanche Reservoir a sign lets you know there are 3 more miles left until you reach Brown's lake (1.5 miles when you're at the turn off/intersection). Again, I wish the tree wasn't on the trail but hope you guys have more luck than I did!

camping
1 month ago

Hiked to the lake last weekend (6/2-6/3) as an overnight trip. We camped in the Travel Zone at site #4. If you are planning on camping, be aware that the first two sites are shortly after the sign for the Travel Zone and then 3 and 4 are about a mile after that. They're right before the day use only sign. There was quite a bit of snow after the sign going up to the lake. With it being pretty sunny and warm during the day, the snow is soft and punchy. If you're willing to put up with some post-holing, you can definitely make it to the lake. Just follow the footprints/other postholes and be careful around rocks and if you can hear the stream gurgling underneath the snow. My hiking partner and I both ended up with soaked boots and socks because of post-holing down to the stream. Snowshoes would be helpful but it is possible without. There are also many trees down, so be prepared to climb over or under those.

backpacking
1 month ago

The last .5 miles to the lake were impassable due to 2 feet of softening snow and downed trees everywhere. My friend and I teamed up with another hiker we met on the trail to attempt to reach the top, but ended up having to turn around when there was no way to hike the steep waterfall section. I would not recommended attempting for another couple of weeks at least.

However, it was really enjoyable until we were stopped! And I would love to come back to see what have been described as breathtaking views by the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of rapids along trail! Trail upkeep best I have encountered yet.

on Big South Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Did the almost 3 miles to the footbridge over May Creek, just beyond campsite 6, absolutely stunning the entire way. The rocky outcropping(I think between campsite 5 and 6) was a little sketchy at one point when a rock shifted under my footing, but it was fine after that little spot.

hiking
1 month ago

Road was closed to 4x4 traffic. Tough/steep hike for first 2 miles. Dogs enjoyed the hike and we saw turkeys and a young male moose. Saw a few mountain bike tracks but had the trail to ourselves.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! You hike alone the river most of the time. A lot of water on the trail and a tiny bit of snow, but definitely easy to maneuver. Right before the end of the Big South Trail a waterfall washes out the trail. It’s probably doable to cross but I was alone and figured it was safer to turn back. But seriously beautiful!

horseback riding
2 months ago

Great ride...only did this trail once, but one of my favorites. Beautiful views.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a decent hike. A majority of the trail has a tree line on both sides so there were not many views. This would definitely be a summer hike. The last three to four miles to the "lake" has around three foot of snow on the trail. Most of it is hard packed, but it is beginning to become soft since it's warming up.

hiking
4 months ago

Really fun, peaceful trail in the summer with gorgeous views of the river.

fishing
4 months ago

beautiful place to go.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Great easy/peaceful trail. We snowshoe'd about 3mi out. Although we did see some people skiing, the trail is narrow and has some rocks showing, so caution.

Hiked this last week. lots of snow, but fairly well packed along the trail. no snowshoe necessary. beautiful as always. only went as far as grass creek.

off road driving
7 months ago

Trails a lot of fun today.

one of the best trails i’ve been on in NOCO. the scenic vistas are as amazing as RMNP and aside from 4 or 5 other hikers, i had it all to myself.

off road driving
9 months ago

first thirty minutes is the best

Good views and pretty ponds coming up. Very steep towards the end.

geart place to be. worth it when you get to the lakes.

10 months ago

A fun place to hike in with, as mentioned, many campsite with an amazing trail parallel to the Poudre.

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