McIntyre Creek Trail (#996)


The McIntyre Creek Trail is accessed via the McIntyre Trail (#966) which 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. The McIntyre Creek Trail travels south from Housmer Park and ascends steeply to join the Medicine Bow Trail after passing through a seldom-hiked, boggy area near beaver dams and ponds. Horseback riders and outfitters frequently use the McIntyre Creek Trail especially during hunting season.

You can find more information on the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers website. Download trail summary here.

At a Glance

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. 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.
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General Information

Directions: Note: access to this trail, is via the McIntyre Trail (#966). 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.



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

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  Area/Length : 
3.9 miles one-way

  Elevation : 
Beginning Elevation: 9,500' - Peak Elevation: 10,960'