North Fork Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Elevation Gain3,151ft
Trailhead Elevation7,794ft
Elevation Min/Max7637/10194ft
Elevation Start/End7794/7794ft

North Fork Trail

North Fork Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 7.5 miles long and begins at 7,794 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,151 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and a parking. The 4, 6, 2, 9, 8, Boundary Creek campsite, 3, and Kettle Tarn campsites camp sites and the ranger cabin alpine hut can be seen along the trail. There is also a cabin along the trail. This trail connects with the following: North Boundary Trail and North Fox Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This lesser-known trail features peaceful varied topography in a riparian area. It winds through the forested broad canyon of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River with striking rock outcrops and meadows, then climbs through a backcountry campground and more broad meadows, and eventually ventures above treeline and into the stark beauty of the Lost Lake glacial cirque. Also known as the Dunraven and Lost Lake Trail, this trail goes through a narrow portion of the Comanche Peak Wilderness before entering Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) and is a great to spend a day in a pretty pine-and-aspen-forested valley." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids Colorado (The Mountaineers Books)
Maureen Keilty
"A hike to the Deserted Village, located just east of Rocky Mountain National Park, is an ideal family venture with easy access, a scenic trail, excellent ?shing along the North Fork of the Big Thompson River, and a historic destination. Several designated campsites on either side of the river are available on a first-come basis. The trek to either river crossing can serve as a pleasant destination for tired little legs. Just a few yards beyond the camp, the trail crosses the river and briefly joins an old four-wheel-drive road. During late July and August, alert your crew to raspberry bushes flourishing on sun-splashed creeksides. Another food, though certainly less edible-looking, hangs in this forest year-round. Called black tree lichen, it dangles from spruce limbs in clumps of stringy moss. Kids call it old man’s beard or witch’s hair, and are surprised to learn Native Americans used it as food." Read more

Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Additional Use
For current conditions and more information, contact the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, www.fs.fed.us/r2/arnf or (970) 295-6700
Local Contacts
Roosevelt National Forest; USGS Glen Haven
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