Donner Pass Trail (#926)

  

Donner Pass Trail (#926) and Lookout Mountain Trail (#934) intersect near their midpoints. The northern portion of the Donner Pass Trail between County Road 44H and Donner Pass is open to motorcycles and dirt bikes. Motorcycles and dirt bikes using this trail must have a license plate or be registered as an OHV with Colorado State Parks. The Donner Cutoff Trail (#926-1) provides a short (0.57 mile) cutoff from the Donner trail to the Miller Fork trail.

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Stay the Trail Colorado information for Donner Pass can be found here.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Regulations: Dirt bikes limited to portion of trail between County Road 44H and Donner Pass. Respect private property. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Fort Collins
Water: During normal years, adequate water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.

General Information

Directions: Donner Pass Trail can be accessed from several locations. A favorite beginning is located on County Road 44H, Buckhorn Road, just west of the Buckhorn Ranger Station. Another northern access is located on a branch of Greer Road (forest road 154) off of Ballard Road (forest road 129), and the third access is located farther south where Ballard Road intersects the trail. Donner Pass also can be accessed from the south via the Dunraven Trailhead by hiking up Bulwark Ridge Trail (#928.1) and down Indian Trail (#927) to where it meets the Miller Fork Trail (#997). Hikers may chose to go right or left onto the Miller Fork Trail, as either direction will junction with the Donner Pass Trail.

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Activities


Bicycling

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Day Hiking

While you will not find a view at Donner Pass, the trail intersects with the Lookout Mountain Trail, which in turn leads to the ½-mile Lookout Mountain Summit Trail. There you will find a fine panoramic view. A portion of this trail is open to motorcycles and dirt bikes. Donner Pass trail may be accessed from several roads off County Road 44H, and from the Dunraven Trailhead. (See trail directions.)
Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Backpacking

Donner Pass trail may be accessed from several roads off County Road 44H, and from the Dunraven Trailhead. (See trail directions.)
Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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OHV Riding & Camping

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
#926 8.9 miles one-way; #926-1 0.57 mile one-way

  Latitude : 
40.581183

  Longitude : 
-105.469931

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: Trail #926 is 8,290' at the north end and 7,700' at the south end; Trail #926- - Peak Elevation: 10,170' (#926); 8,600' (#926-1)

 



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