Big South Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

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Big South Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Comanche Peak Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 8,433 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,611 feet. The Big South Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The 19, 18, 6, 11, 17, 9, 5, 15, 8, 3, 4, 10, 20, 7, 1, 2, 16, and 14 camp sites and the Big South Falls waterfall can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms, parking, and a cabin along the trail.
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Big South Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Comanche Peak Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 8,433 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,611 feet. The Big South Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The 19, 18, 6, 11, 17, 9, 5, 15, 8, 3, 4, 10, 20, 7, 1, 2, 16, and 14 camp sites and the Big South Falls waterfall can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms, parking, and a cabin along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Peterson Lake Road (FDR 159), Corral Creek Trail and Poudre Trail.
Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Roosevelt National Forest
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 3,611 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 8,433 feet
Top Elevation: 9,717 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Big South Trail
Parks: Roosevelt National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 8433/9717 ft
Elevation Start/End: 8433/8433 ft

Big South Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike follows the Cache La Poudre River upstream from Poudre Canyon south to Grass Creek, at mile 3, and then on to a washed-out bridge at about mile 7. Parts of the trail are lovely flat strolls on pine needles at river level; other sections climb high on the wall of the magnificent gorge formed by the river.

Some spectacular sections of the trail cross large talus slopes below the gorge walls.You will enjoy the big, open rock traverses, river views,wildflowers, and luxurious forest scenery."

"The Big South Trail continues over 10 miles along the banks of the Cache Le Poudre River and ends in Rocky Mountain National Park at Poudre Lake near Milner Pass. This described trek extends only 2.5 miles to the bridge over May Creek. The flowing waters of the Poudre are the feature of this outing.

Snowshoers should have little trouble on this trail, but it is not recommended for cross-country skiers due to its steep curving sections along the narrow trail."

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May 2018