Roaring Creek Trail (#952)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Aspen leaves fall and covered part of the Roaring Creek Trail.

The trail is very steep for the first mile and switchbacks through stands of large ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and meadows. After leveling temporarily, the trail gradually rises while following the creek through lodgepole pine and occasional wet meadows with willows then ends at Forest Road 517. The first mile provides panoramic views of the Poudre Canyon where bighorn sheep are often seen. Moose have been spotted in the upper meadows. Roaring Creek trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.

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

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to Cameron Peak Fire.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Trail Regulations: No motorized equipment. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Rustic, Fort Collins
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 onto Colorado Highway 14, and travel 40 miles west. The trailhead parking lot is on the right about a mile after passing Big Bend Campground.

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Horse Riding

Roaring Creek trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.
Hitching Railsno
Loading Rampno
Size Restrictionsno
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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5 miles one-way

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Beginning Elevation: 7,750' - Peak Elevation: 9,880'