Crater Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 80517

Elevation Gain904ft
Trailhead Elevation10,760ft
Elevation Min/Max10760/11482ft
Elevation Start/End10760/10760ft

Crater Trail

Crater Trail is a hiking trail in Larimer County and Grand County, Colorado. It is within Rocky Mountain National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 10,760 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 904 feet. The Crater trailhead parking is near the trailhead.

Crater Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"From a flower-filled meadow, this track climbs through mature subalpine forest to break onto terrain of tiny tundra plants. It ends at an overlook of picturesquely eroded volcanic rock.
Most people climbing the steep trail to The Crater on Specimen Mountain hope to see bighorn sheep. Their chances for success are good.

Binoculars likely will be welcome, but the sheep may decide to throng 50 feet away or not show up at all. Even without sheep, the trail compacts many fine experiences into a short length. The wet meadow at the base can be an explosion of subalpine wildflower color after the middle of the summer."

Crater Trail Reviews

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Great little trail, but TOUGH. Gains 730 ft in elevation in 1 mile. The view is probably awesome, but we were enveloped in a snow storm! Would love to go back in warmer weather. Didn't see any sheep.

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Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Rocky Mountain National Park
Skill Level
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Fall River Pass
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018