Zimmerman Lake Trail (#977)

  

Bark beetle trees, mixed with pine trees and ground covers, are on the sides of the trail.

Access this trail in both summer and winter. This trail follows an old logging road to Zimmerman Lake, which sits just outside the boundary of the Neota Wilderness. A primitive trail circles the lake, but there are no constructed trails into the Neota Wilderness. Special fishing restrictions apply at Zimmerman Lake, please contact the Colorado Division of Wildlife for more information. Zimmerman Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 55 vehicles.

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

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Regulations: No motorized equipment. Wilderness regulations apply in the nearby Neota Wilderness. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Walden, 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 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.

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Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Zimmerman Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 55 vehicles.

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: Moderate

Backpacking

Zimmerman Lake trailhead accommodates approximately 55 vehicles.
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: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
1 mile one way

  Latitude : 
40.540277

  Longitude : 
-105.882282

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: 10,030' - Peak Elevation: 10,480'

 



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