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Backpacking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

Rawah Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,400 Feet (2618.5 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Length, One-way: 13.5 Miles (22.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 961
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

The trail follows Rawah Creek from the floor of the Laramie River Valley, past the Rawah Lakes, and over Grassy Pass to its junction with the West Branch Trail along the Laramie River. Visitors may directly access the Camp Lake Trail, the McIntyre Lake Trail, the North Fork Trail and the Link Trail from the Rawah Trail. In the lower elevations, the trail climbs through lodgepole pine, which gradually gives way to spruce and fir at the higher elevations. The section of the trail between Rawah Lake #2 and the south side of Grassy Pass is all above tree line.

Where the trail leaves the trailhead, it proceeds along an easement through private property. Please do not trespass.

The trail is popular with horsemen and hikers in the summer months, and is utilized by hunters in the fall. In late spring and early summer, sections of the trail may be boggy.

Directions from Fort Collins: Travel west on Highway 14 about 71 miles then travel north on County Road 103, 6 miles to the trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Rawah and linking trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Rawah and linking trails.
ICON Horseback Riding Rawah and linking trails.

Related Activities
McIntyre Creek Trail - This trail is located west of Fort Collins and leads from Brown's Park Campground, up McIntyre Creek, into the Rawah Wilderness.

North Fork Trail - This trail north of Estes Park follows the North Fork of the Big Thompson River into Rocky Mountain National Park. It links to the Stormy Peaks Trail.

West Branch Trail - This trail is located west of Fort Collins, along the West Branch of the Laramie River. It leads into the Rawah Wilderness where it intersects several other trails.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Estes Park Chamber Resort Association, 500 Big Thompson Ave. , Estes Park, CO, 80517, Phone: 800-44-ESTES, Fax: 970-586-6336, www.rockymtntrav.com/estes


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