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."
--Kent Dannen, Best Easy Day Hikes: Rocky Mountain National Park (Falcon Guides).
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