Cache la Poudre Wilderness

General Information

The Cache la Poudre Wilderness, named for the river that runs at its northern edge, was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1980. This 9,258 acre wilderness is characterized by steep, rugged terrain along the Poudre River and the Little South Fork of the Poudre. Elevation ranges from 6,200 feet to 8,600 feet, and the area is accessible most of the year.

Use is low and only one trail, the Mount McConnel National Recreation Trail, exists in the wilderness. Travel is accomplished only by scrambling and bushwhacking in stream bottoms, on ridges and along game trails.

This wilderness is primarily montane in characteristic. Forests of ponderosa and lodgepole pine dominate the landscape, and mule deer, bear, coyote, and mountain lion inhabit the area seasonally.


For regulations and safety tips for the Cache la Poudre Wilderness, check the rules and regulation page.