Bright Trail

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Trail Distance: 3.4 miles
Time Estimate: 2 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 1400 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description

Are you and your four-legged fur buddy looking for a new trail to hike in the Rocky Mountains? Are you in the Allenspark, Colorado area? Bright Trail is a rugged 3.4-mile out and back hike through the North Saint Vrain Creek Canyon to the creek. While this is a dog furiendly path, you will need to keep your pooch on a leash and make sure their paws are protected because it is rocky and can be icy up in the higher elevations. 

The Bright Trail starts at the Bright Trailhead on the south rim of the North Saint Vrain Creek Canyon on Taylor Mountain Road (Forest Road 330). After crossing the cattle-guard, you will have to walk or drive a four-wheel-drive vehicle. There is a small parking lot there that is free to the public, but it gets filled up fast, especially during the summer on the weekends. 

You will start out on a flat, but high hilltop that drops down into the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in the Colorado Rocky Mountains into the North Saint Vrain Creek Canyon. This is a particularly steep drop with an elevation change of about 1,400 feet, so you and Fido are in for a pawesome workout. There's no bridge to cross the creek, and you should never attempt to cross during high water periods. 

The Bright Trail does not have restrooms or water access, so if you want to drink from the creek, you will need to treat the water first. It is better to bring your own H20 for both you and your canine cutie. Since there is no restroom, you will need to use the “leave no trace” principles. This is a rugged and wild hike, and you will most likely see plenty of critters like mule deer, elk, moose, sheep, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and even some bears or mountain lions. Be sure to bring a camera so you can get some furrific photos while you are there. 

Trail Features
Ice, Loose Terrain, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Mountains, Grassland
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Make sure you wear the proper shoes and protect your puppy's paws as well.
Address
Taylor Mountain Road (Forest Road 330)
Allenspark, CO 80510
Hours
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Address
Taylor Mountain Road (Forest Road 330)
Allenspark, CO 80510
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours