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    Estes Park, Colorado

    Little Yellowstone Canyon

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    Denver, CO
    Adventurer | 491 pts
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    The Little Yellowstone Canyon is a wonderful hike along the Colorado River. After 3.5 miles, you pass a ghost town, LuLu City, and start ascending along the Colorado River drainage. Your ultimate destination is the top of Little Yellowstone Canyon, overlooking the headwaters of the Colorado River. As you ascend to the top of the Canyon, you see the catastrophic damage caused by a ditch that channeled the waters for the Cache La Poudre River. Once you get to the top of the Canyon, you see many streams and waterfalls and you wonder which one is the ultimate source of the Colorado River. As you wind away from the Canyon, you start an ascent up to La Poudre Pass, where the headwaters of the Cache La Poudre River exist. It is the ditch along this road that gave way and caused the catastrophic damage that you see as you rise up through the Canyon.

    A truly unique place in Rocky Mountain National Park and the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River.
    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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    Did this trail yesterday because we wanted to do it before they closed Trail Ridge Road on Monday for the winter. We've done many trails in the park this summer, and to be honest, this was not a favorite of myself or my brother. The trail itself is a good trail, not to many steep hills, although the incline is pretty steady for a while, and it winds through the mountains often right on the edge of the hillside. SO the trail itself is nice, but we hiked about 5 miles in, as well as hiking down and back to Lulu City, and there really isn't much to see on the this trail. I like trials that have a final destination, like a lake, where I can sit and eat lunch and enjoy a few minutes of feeling accomplished like I "made it". But there are no such points on this trail, maybe if we had done the full 8 or 9 miles in, but to be honest neither one of us felt like this trail was worth it.

    Trail Information

    Estes Park
    Nearby City
    Trail Type
    Skill Level
    8 hours
    9,010 feet
    Trailhead Elevation
    10,000 feet
    Top Elevation
    Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242;
    Local Contacts
    USGS Fall River Pass; Trails Illustrated Rocky Mountain National Park
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