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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests > Canyon Lakes Ranger District

Quick Facts

North Fork Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,690 Feet (2344 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 1,190 Feet (363 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,880 Feet (2707 Meters) at boundary of Rocky Mtn National Park
Length: 4.5 Miles (7.2 Kilometers) to Park boundary
Recommended Season: Winter to Spring
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Glen Haven; Estes Park; Pingree Park




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General Description

Once over and down the ridge west of the parking lot, the trail becomes fairly level as it parallels and crisscrosses the North Fork of the Big Thompson River. Bridges are available for each river crossing.

Deserted Village is 3 miles from the trailhead. Once an active hunting camp with several buildings, now there remains only one log structure in this large meadow.

This trail offers the opportunity to travel into Rocky Mountain National Park. It links to the Stormy Peaks Trail (see North Fork-Stormy Peaks Trail). The Park boundary is 4.5 miles from the trailhead. Make sure when planning a trip into Rocky Mountain National Park that you first check with Park Headquarters for camping, fishing, and fire regulations.

Directions from Estes Park: Travel east on the Devils Gulch road about 9.5 miles to the "Forest Access-Parking area 2.25 miles" sign. Turn north onto the Dunraven Glade road and at the end of this road there will be a large parking area.

Directions from Loveland: Travel west on Hwy 34 to Drake. Take the Devils Gulch road towards Glen Haven for 6 miles. At that point there will be a Forest Access sign directing you onto the Dunraven Glade Road. At the end of this road there will be a large parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Spring through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: JIke (Loveland, CO)
Time of Day: 9:00 AM
Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I highly recommend this hike in the winter. The canyon receives very little direct sun so the snow doesn't melt, yet it isn't deep enough to require snowshoes. The scenery was beautiful with all the rock outcroppings covered in ice and snow. We hiked to the RMNP border. The hike is very easy. The only really physical part is at the end when you have to go back up the canyon wall after walking all day. This is a very nice and easy hike with great scenery that will eventually take you to lost lake and quite a few backcounty camping sites.
Conditions: Snow, Shaddy, Rocky, but flat.
Water Availability: Got a distiller?



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing
ICON Hiking & Walking Links to Stormy Peaks Trail. See North Fork-Stormy Peaks Trail.
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing



Related Activities
Rawah Trail - This trail leads from the Laramie River Valley, past the Rawah Lakes and over Grassy Pass. It links to several other trails in the Rawah Wilderness.



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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