Crosier Mountain Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance4.4mi
Elevation Gain3,030ft
Trailhead Elevation6,413ft
Top8,743ft
Elevation Min/Max6413/8743ft
Elevation Start/End6413/6413ft

Crosier Mountain Trail

Crosier Mountain Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 6,413 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,030 feet. The Garden Gate Trail Head parking is near the trailhead. Near the end of the trail is a cairn.

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"This beautiful foothills hike is in a montane transition zone between the lower foothills and the higher mountains. It offers great views of the Glen Haven Tributary of the Big Thompson Canyon, the destruction done by the 2000 Bobcat Fire, and the snowcapped peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park." Read more
Hiking Colorado's Roadless Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Penelope Prudy
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"This hike provides great views of Rocky Mountain National Park,without the crowded trails that are normally encountered inside the park. There are nice views along the way, as the trail climbs steeply upward.However, the best views are saved for last, as the summit provides panoramic views of Rocky Mountain National Park." Read more
The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club)
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"Crosier Mountain provides a variety of hikes along three well-maintained trails that have differing elevation gains and views. The three share a steep, final, 0.5-mile spur trail to the summit, a point that offers superb vistas of Rocky Mountain National Park’s high peaks. When the snow is deep, route finding can be difficult on Garden Gate Trail (931E). In August 2007, nine challenging geocaches for the keen hiker/geocacher were accessible by Crosier’s trail system. Be sure to find the benchmark at the summit. Four separate “ranked peaks” form Crosier’s bulk—take some time to discover them on your map and consider hiking all of them off trail once you’ve whetted your appetite on the marvelous trails to the main Crosier summit." Read more
"There are several lengthy trails to the summit of Crosier Mountain, but this shorter option takes you through a ponderosa pine forest, past an old mine opening, to several vistas, and to a mountain meadow that is a good turnaround point. It may be simply a function of the fact that the trailhead parking can only accommodate about a half dozen vehicles, but the Crosier Mountain Trail (#931) is a great one for solitude—not to mention vistas, wildlife, and wildflowers. Begin by walking through a gate—be sure to close and secure it behind you. Walk on a gently ascending trail in a meadow where, among the mountain mahogany and rabbit- brush, you’ll see locoweed blooming in spring. Loco is Spanish for crazy, and when livestock eat this flowering plant, they exhibit the effects of the neurological damage its toxicity causes." Read more

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4/29/2012
Loved this trail, it was quite challenging, but very rewarding! Spectacular views of the peaks in RMNP and the meadow on the way to the summit (on the Garden Gate trailhead route) was breathtaking (as well as a nice respite from the steep climbing).
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4/30/2011
Nice trail, easy accomplishment for most. Several great viewpoints along the way, but the best is the summit. Terrific panoramic views from the top of the Mummy range and Long's Peak, as well as a bit of Loveland/Ft. Collins. Accessible most of the year due to it's lower altitude!
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10/3/2008
What a great hike. The hike required some effort to achieve the view, which was well worth it. Will do this hike again. Not much traffic on the trail either.
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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Roosevelt National Forest Canyon Lakes Ranger District, (970) 295-6700, www.fs.usda.gov/main/arp
Local Contacts
USGS Glen Haven and Drake; Trails Illustrated map 101 (Cache La Poudre/Big Thompson)
Local Maps

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Dec 2018