Killpecker Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado

Distance4.1mi
Elevation Gain2,122ft
Trailhead Elevation10,643ft
Top10,947ft
Elevation Min/Max9174/10947ft
Elevation Start/End10643/10643ft

Killpecker Trail

Killpecker Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 10,643 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,122 feet. Near the trailhead there is a camp site.

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Hiking Colorado's Roadless Trails (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
Penelope Prudy
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"This trail provides a nice, out-of-the-way hike through the heart of Roosevelt National Forest. Scenes along the way include cascading Killpecker Creek, lush pine forest, small forest meadows, culminating by passing beneath the boulder-strewn summit of Middle Bald Mountain. A short offtrail hike to the summit provides breathtaking views of five mountain ranges. The Forest Service doesn’t consider the Killpecker as a roadless area, and may build a radio tower and access road to Middle Bald Mountain in the near future. Several conservation groups, including The Colorado Mountain Club, continue to advocate it being managed as a roadless area."
Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"Hmmmm, you wonder why the trail is named “Killpecker”? You’ll find out. The Killpecker Trail travels from the North Fork Poudre Campground to FR 517 (Elkhorn Baldy Road). The route described here follows Deadman Road, FR 300 (Killpecker Road), and FR 517, which accesses a variety of other motorized trails, such as Bald Mountain and Green Ridge Trails, before reaching Middle Bald Mountain (11,002 feet), second highest of the three bald peaks in the area. Twothirds of this route involves climbing steadily along these three roads for a total of roughly 10 miles. While the road riding seems long in comparison to the time on the singletrack—and it is—there’s good reason for that. The singletrack burns a direct and steep line from the top, at the base of Middle Bald Mountain, to the bottom, south of the North Fork Poudre Campground. Between top and bottom, you are offered rock- and root-filled singletrack along sometimes narrow, and otherwise, killpecker terrain."

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Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Hiking, Camping, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Fort Collins; (970) 295-6700.
Local Contacts
USGS South Bald Mountain; Trails Illustrated map: #111: Red Feather Lakes, Glendevey; DeLorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 19 B-5.
Local Maps