Signal Mountain Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Elevation Gain4,647ft
Trailhead Elevation8,646ft
Elevation Min/Max8479/11200ft
Elevation Start/End8646/8646ft

Signal Mountain Trail

Signal Mountain 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 9.4 miles long and begins at 8,646 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,647 feet. The Giant Monolith rock can be seen along the trail. There are also cabins, a tundra, a grassland, and a scree along the trail. Near the end of the trail is a bare rock. This trail connects with the following: Bulwark Ridge Trail, Stormy Peaks Trail and Lookout Mountain Trail.

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Fort Collins,
Pathfinder | 140 pts
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Up to the wilderness sign, the trail is in excellent condition, after that is a different story. Lots of deadfalls; easy to get off trail and get lost if you're not paying attention. Be prepared to climb over, crawl under, and hike around large trees blocking the trail. Quite a challenging trail!
Adventurer | 247 pts
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Trail seemed challenging but then again I was recovering from an injury. Hope to do it again next summer.
Explorer | 50 pts
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Hike is approx. 5.8 Miles on the GPS. Amazing rock formation at about 4 miles is worth the hike alone. Views at the top are spectacular. Will do this hike again! Took us about 8 hours round trip including an hours worth of rests at the top and at other points.

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"This little used trail offers protection from winds and heat and a tour of a magical river arroyo. It starts off gently following the enchanting streambed for 2 miles. Signal Mountain is a steep climb from there as you accomplish most of the gain in the last 3 miles and climb above treeline and on to the tundra to enjoy the spectacular view. It offers a trip through a beautiful riparian area that features a mixed old-growth forest of aspen, pine, fir, and spruce and striking rock outcrops. It makes a nice any length out-and-back trip; climbing Signal Mountain, however, would be a serious all-day adventure." Read more

Trail Information

Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Additional Use
Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Poudre River & Cameron Pass
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