Roaring Creek Trail (#952)

  

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

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.

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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Activities


Bicycling

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Day Hiking

Roaring Creek trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.

Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Backpacking

Roaring Creek trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.
Fire InformationCheck for any seasonal fire restrictions before your hike. Campfires must be at least 100 feet from water and trails. You may collect dead and down wood; do not break branches from standing trees for firewood. Please attend to campfires at all times. Touch any remaining coals with the bare hand to insure campfire is cold and dead out. Remember, if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave!
Difficulty Level: Moderate

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
5 miles one-way

  Latitude : 
40.713895

  Longitude : 
-105.734809

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

 



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