Mount Margaret Trail

Roosevelt National Forest, Colorado
Elevation Gain509ft
Trailhead Elevation8,101ft
Elevation Min/Max8004/8169ft
Elevation Start/End8101/8101ft

Mount Margaret Trail

Mount Margaret Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Roosevelt National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 8,101 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 509 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and restrooms. The 3 and 4 camp sites can be seen along the trail. There is also a wetland along the trail. The trail ends near the 5 camp site. This trail connects with the following: Divide Trail, Frog Pond Trail, East Dowdy Trail, Connector Trail, Dowdy Lane, North Loop and East Loop.
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"The round-trip to the summit can be a pleasant half-day-plus adventure, but it is worth-while to hike or bike even a small section of this scenic trail to enjoy the high mountain meadows and rock formations. You don’t have to bag the anticlimactic Mount Margaret summit that was recently “relocated” when its previous location was found to be incorrect. This popular summer hiking route has a relatively low altitude of 7,700 feet and limited shade, so it can be very warm in midsummer. It is ideal for hiking in spring, early summer, or early fall, unless you get an early start and beat the heat. If you do arrive in early spring, be prepared for the marshy area at the beginning of the trail and a slightly wider stream crossing." Read more
The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club)
"“This is what I call solvency,”my friend exclaimed as he finished a 360-degree pirouette on the top of Mount Margaret. This was the lead-in to a lunch-break discussion of how we can never go broke as long as the striking views, the chipmunks skittering across the rocks, an eagle windsurfing a thermal updraft, and restorative solitude remain available to us at such places. Forget that the crest of Mount Margaret is lower than the trailhead and that there is little perceptible elevation change between the two.When you reach the top, it feels like the top. Oh yes, ascending to the very, very top is not at all recommended: It consists of a dome about 30 feet high and,without climbing gear, could not be scaled without significant exposure." Read more

Trail Information

Roosevelt National Forest
Nearby City
Roosevelt National Forest
Trail Guides

The Best Fort Collins Hikes

Additional Use
Roosevelt National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated, Red Feather Lakes/ Glendevy. Number 111
Local Maps