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The Meadows Trail

  

This trail offers a unique connection between the Zimmerman Lake Trail and the Long Draw Road. If you travel it one way a vehicle shuttle will need to be arranged in advance. Pick up the Meadows Trail on the northwest side of the Zimmerman Lake loop. The trail soon begins to drop through dense forest and scenic meadows. After coming out on the Long Draw Road ski northwest to Colorado Highway 14 and the Blue Lake Trailhead. This a great one-way, mostly downhill, tour - once you get to Zimmerman Lake. The trail is sometimes obscured after a heavy snow. Watch for wooden arrows in the trees.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: no
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
Water: None
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 and travel 58 miles west to the Zimmerman Lake trailhead parking lot on the left, which is shared with visitors to the Montgomery Pass trail (#986) beginning across the road to the north.

Activities


Winter Sports

Hide detail HIDE

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This trail offers a unique connection between the Zimmerman Lake Trail and the Long Draw Road. If you travel it one way a vehicle shuttle will need to be arranged in advance. Pick up the Meadows Trail on the northwest side of the Zimmerman Lake loop. The trail soon begins to drop through dense forest and scenic meadows. After coming out on the Long Draw Road ski northwest to Colorado Highway 14 and the Blue Lake Trailhead. This a great one-way, mostly downhill, tour - once you get to Zimmerman Lake. The trail is sometimes obscured after a heavy snow. Watch for wooden arrows in the trees.
Difficulty Level: Moderate


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