The Killpecker Trail weaves through the Roosevelt National Forest and offers an off-grid feel away from crowds that you and your furry pal can appreciate. As is the case in most trails in national forests, always remember to keep Fido on a six-foot leash. Setting foot and paw on this short 4.4 mile rocky and rugged steady climb may force you to stop from time to time, but the hike will be well worth it.
The Killpecker Trailhead is located about eight miles along the gravel County Road 162 (better known as Deadman Road) and five miles past a Forest Service gate on the left side of the road. At the trailhead, you will find a small parking lot, and additional parking space just past the trailhead on the right side of the road. Most facilities including restrooms are located at the North Fork Poudre Campground which is located about a hundred yards from the trailhead.
As soon as you set off on the trail, you and your furbaby will steadily start ascending along a rocky and rugged path. The trail lassos through small forest meadows and a lush pine forest offering pawesome views of the cascading Killpecker Creek and five mountain ranges. Bear in mind that the trail is not just open to hikers. Horseback riders, mountain bikers, ATVs and motorcycles also have access to Killpecker Trail so keep a lookout for them. That said, the trail is seldom used, which makes it ideal for some solitude for you and your tail-wagger while spending time in nature. The trail ends at Forest Road 517 near the summit of Middle Bald Mountain.
Though you may be able to get water from the creek along the trail, it is an excellent idea to carry some water and food for you and your pup before you set off on your hike. And remember to bring some disposable bags to collect your doggy’s solid waste.
For a challenging hike off the beaten path, Killpecker Trail makes for an excellent trek for both you and your pooch.