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Fish Creek Trail (#993)

  

One of several meadows on the Fish Creek trail.

Almost a mile from the start at either end of Fish Creek Trail, it enters the Comanche Peak Wilderness. Much of the trail in the wilderness is in lodgepole pine forest and follows along the banks of Fish Creek. There are several meadows plus slopes of mountain mahogany where the trail may not be clearly visible, so rock cairns have been placed to indicate the trail. Because of the narrow and steep drainage, legal campsites are very limited.

You can find more information at the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers website. Download trail summary here.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals combined. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

General Information

Directions: Travel 11 miles northwest of Fort Collins on U.S. Highway 287 to Colorado Highway 14. Turn left on CO 14, travel 26 miles, and turn left on County Road 63E, Pingree Park Road. Fish Creek Trail can be accessed from two locations. Either travel 8.5 miles to a trailhead on the Pingree Park Road or continue on another 7.5 miles to Forest Road 145. Turn right, pass Tom Bennett Campground, and travel 2 miles to a trailhead just before entering Sky Ranch.

Recreation Map

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Activities


Hiking

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Horse Riding

Fish Creek Trail may be accessed from two locations. The trailhead off County Road 63E accommodates 4 vehicles. (See trail directions for second access location.)
Corralsno
Hitching Railsno
Loading Rampno
Size Restrictionsno
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles one-way

  Latitude : 
40.618473

  Longitude : 
-105.526008

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: 7,880' - Peak Elevation: 9,120'

 



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