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North Fork - Big Thompson River

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Highlights:

A pleasant hike that follows the North Fork of the Big Thompson River.
Near:Loveland, CO
Scenery:
Distance:5.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:400 ft
Hike Time:2.5 hours
Difficulty:Moderate
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back



Summary: Shortly after you leave the trailhead you will drop abruptly into the Canyon
of the North Fork. The trail parallels the river and crosses three bridges, after the 3rd bridge you will traverse thru private property. After you cross the fourth bridge you will continue up the trail till you reach the Wilderness Boundary. This section of the Commache Peaks Wilderness area has some special regulations that are posted for your information. If you wish to camp there are designated campsites that one must use. No fees or permits are required to use these sites. After travelling aproximately 2.75 miles you will enter a large meadow, where there is the remains of an old cabin. This is a pleasant place to stop and have a picnic. If one wishes you can continue up the trail until you reach the border of the Rocky Mountain National Park. If you take a dog with you, leashes are required when travelling thru Wilderness areas.

Trailhead: From the Dam Store on Rt. 34 drive up the Big Thompson Canyon till you reach Drake. Take the right turn towards Glen Haver CR 43, just past mile marker 9 take a right turn on CR 51B. Follow the drit road for aproximately 2.5 miles. The trail head will be on your left. (Lat:40.47528 Lon:-105.46049)
Trail Guides for North Fork - Big Thompson River:
Route Finding
by Gregory Couch  (Falcon Publishing)

Map and Compass
by Cliff Jacobson  (Globe Pequot Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: USFS - Canyon Lakes Ranger District - Ft. Collins - 970-295-6700

Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by A.L. on 6/13/2004
This was a very nice hike, but the turn off is just BEFORE mile marker 9, not just after, if coming from the Loveland side! This caused us much confusion, but after driving many miles out of our way we finally found it, and enjoyed it very much. There are signs for a retreat up the road to take (51B).


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