Bright Extension (#827)

Area Status: Closed

Length: Bright Extension Trailhead (TH) to North Saint Vrain Creek - 1.8 miles

Elevation: 8,350 feet at the TH; 7,320 feet at North Saint Vrain Creek

Trail Description: Bright Extension Trail begins at Bright Extension Trailhead on Johnny Park Road (National Forest System Road 118). The trail drops gently across the wooded plateau for the first mile. It then descends steeply down a dry drainage on an open south-facing slope, which can be a very hot climb back out on a summer afternoon. There is no bridge at the end of this trail.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Bright Extension Trail remains closed due to flood damage.
Usage: Light
  • Motorized vehicles prohibited.
  • Unless seasonal restrictions are in effect, campfires must be attended at all times and cold to the touch with the bare hand before being abandoned.
  • Collection of dead and down wood is allowed; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles.
  • Fishing and hunting are allowed in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Meeker Park, Colorado
Water: North Saint Vrain Creek - treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles

General Information


From Meeker Park, follow the “Forest Access” sign by turning east onto the gravel Cabin Creek road, County Road (CR) 82. At 1.1 miles, continue straight on the gravel Elk Park Road, CR 82E. Continue 2.2 miles east to the Johnny Park Road (National Forest System Road 118).


The trailhead is 2.2 miles east on the four-wheel drive Johnny Park Road, and can be difficult to spot. The Bright Extension Trail is accessed from this trailhead.


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