Bright Trail


Bright Trail begins on a high, relatively level hilltop, and drops down the wooded north-facing slope into the North Saint Vrain Creek canyon. This drop is fairly steep with an elevation change of 1,400' in 1.7 miles from trailhead to creek bed. There is no bridge across the creek. Do not attempt to cross during periods of high water.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles prohibited. Fishing and hunting are allowed in accordance with regulations established by the Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Closest Towns: Allenspark, Colorado
Water: North Saint Vrain Creek - treat water for drinking
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles
Operated By: U.S. Forest Service
Information Center: Boulder Ranger District, 2140 Yarmouth Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone 303-541-2500, Fax 303-541-2515; Contact Us

General Information


Bright Trail: Three miles south of Allenspark on Colorado Highway 7, turn northeast onto Taylor Mountain Road (Forest Road 330, also signed for Pine Valley Subdivision). Stay on the main gravel road for 0.7 miles as it passes through a subdivision. After crossing a cattle guard, the road degrades to four-wheel-drive for one mile to the Bright Trailhead.



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  Area/Length : 
1.7 miles (one way)

  Elevation : 
8,700' at the Bright Trailhead - 7,300' at the North Saint Vrain Creek