McIntyre Trail (#966)


The McIntyre Trail promptly enters the Rawah Wilderness and begins with a mile-long traverse to McIntyre Creek before beginning a 4-mile ascent to an area known as Housmer Park and the beginning of the McIntyre Creek Trail. The McIntyre Trail continues about 5 miles northward to meet the Shipman Park Trail (#974), which descends to the northeast corner of the wilderness and terminates on private land. McIntyre then ends where it meets the Medicine Bow Trail (#965) at Ute Pass on the Medicine Bow Divide. The Shipman Park Trail begins just before Ute Pass and descends in a northeast direction into Shipman Park, which is a large open valley.

Access is from the Link-McIntyre trailhead that accommodates approximately 20 vehicles and 5 designated trailer spaces. The trailhead is located off of Larimer County Road 130, which in turn accesses off of Laramie River Road (County Road 103), and is just west of Browns Park campground.

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

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: no
Usage: Light
Restrictions: General Wilderness Regulations: Dogs must be on a hand held leash. No motorized or mechanized equipment. Camps, campfires, and stock, where allowed, at least 200 feet from water and trails. Group size limited to 12 people or stock animals. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock. Alpine Closure: Fires are prohibited above 10,800’ (tree line).
Closest Towns: Red Feather Lakes, Rustic, Laramie, WY
Water: Water can be filtered and treated from nearby water sources.
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger DistrictContact Us

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 52 miles to County Road 103, Laramie River Road. Turn right and travel north about 16 miles to County Road 80C, Glendevey Road. Turn left and travel about 3 miles to the Link and McIntyre trailhead parking on the left just past the Browns Park Campground and across the creek.



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Horse Riding

See Link-McIntyre trailhead information.
Hitching Railsno
Loading Rampno
Size Restrictionsno
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
9.2 miles one-way

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: 8,400' - Peak Elevation: 9,940'