Trap Park Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Larimer County, Colorado. It is within Neota Wilderness Area and Roosevelt National Forest. It is 2.9 miles long and begins at 9,966 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 946 feet.
Trap Park Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is a spectacular but little-known area off of Long Draw Road. The trail edges uphill through a beautiful riparian area following the Trap Creek drainage on a narrow trail. Peterson Lake is a possible side trail destination popular with fisherman. The park is a draw, or small canyon, and offers interesting, varied scenery and a rolling trail that climbs gently. After 1 mile, you reach the wide open, impressive “park” framed by a pretty mixed forest that opens into a series of high tundra-like meadows, topping out with a great view of the mountains. You can hike all the way to the top of Iron Mountain at the highest point. Be sure to wear bright colors in hunting season because the area is popular with hunters."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"From cool fir forest to a sun-filled valley with abundant water and wildflowers, surrounded by the Neota Wilderness, this hike has it all. This quiet valley offers opportunities for backcountry camping in an open meadow,with views of Iron and Flattop mountains and Trap Creek whispering in the background.Moose and other wildlife frequently can be seen. The trail travels up the valley to the boundary of the Neota Wilderness Area, which encompasses the upper valley and ridges along both sides but excludes the valley floor. The views are impressive after the first mile, so shorter hikes are still worthwhile. The Long Draw Road is closed in winter, so enjoy this hike between June and October."
--John Gascoyne (And the Colorado Mountain Club), The Best Fort Collins Hikes (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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