Crosier Mountain Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

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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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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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Roosevelt National Forest
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 3,030 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,413 feet
Top Elevation: 8,743 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Crosier Mountain Trail
Parks: Roosevelt National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 6413/8743 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6413/6413 ft

Crosier Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Hikers and wildlife share this low-snowfall area— the former for recreation, the latter for ideal winter range. Crosier Mountain lies in an area of relatively little snowfall and can usually be hiked without ice and snow problems between April and early December. This is one of three trails to the top of Crosier Mountain.

The route described here is known as the Garden Gate Trail. From points along the trail, the effects of the 2000 Bobcat Fire are visible on the other side of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River, which destroyed several homes and thousands of acres of forest. A portion of Crosier Mountain along the trail was burned over intentionally years ago, as part of a plan to improve elk habitat. In these meadows, you may encounter elk and deer on their winter range."

"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."

Recent Trail Reviews

4/29/2012
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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).


4/30/2011
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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!


10/3/2008
1

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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