Round Mountain Trail (#969)


The Foothills Nature Trail, owned by the City of Loveland, starts from the same trailhead and is a one mile hike ending at an old CCC built stone shelter overlooking the Big Thompson Canyon. After a quarter mile, the Round Mountain Trail branches off the the left. The trail travels through several granite outcroppings and through ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Views from the trail include the Big Thompson Canyon, the eastern plains of Colorado, Pinewood and Carter Lake reservoirs. Round Mountain trailhead accommodates approximately 20 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. Camping and fires are prohibited along the first mile of both trails. Dogs must be leashed on the Nature trail and first mile of Round Mountain trail. Certified weed-free hay is required for stock.
Closest Towns: Loveland
Water: None
Restroom: Practice Leave No Trace principles.
Information Center: Canyon Lakes Ranger DistrictContact Us

General Information

Directions: Travel on U.S. Highway 34 up Big Thompson Canyon west of Loveland, four miles past the mouth of the Canyon. Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park is on the right, and on the left a short dirt road provides access to the trailhead parking lot.

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Round Mountain trailhead accommodates approximately 20 vehicles.
Hitching Railsno
Loading Rampno
Size Restrictionsno
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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4.6 miles one-way

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Beginning Elevation: 5,770' - Peak Elevation: 8,440'