Cache la Poudre River

Fort Collins, Colorado 80527

Cache la Poudre River

Cache la Poudre River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Cache la Poudre River is, by many accounts, the most scenic river in Colorado. In 1973 the U.S. Congress added it to its official list of America’s Wild and Scenic Rivers, and even today it remains the only waterway in the state to enjoy this status.

Because of its federal designation the river has also enjoyed certain legal protections; consequently it still retains much of its original pristine charm. The Cache la Poudre is currently the only river in Colorado’s Front Range that is still free-flowing and undammed along its entire 70-mile length. After this hike I think you will agree it is a jewel worth saving."

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Trail Information

Fort Collins
Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
Late summer through mid-fall. This hike requires a ford across the Cache la Poudre River. The river is usually too high to ford comfortably before August, but a shorter hike along the upper part of the river is possible earlier in the summer.
Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
Chambers Lake, Boston Peak (USGS)
Local Maps