Lots of exciting adventures for you and your pup can be yours in colorful Colorado. If you like hiking, there is plenty of that to be had around the state. One great location to choose is the McIntyre Creek Trail (#996) in the town of Jelm.
You will find ample parking at the Link and McIntyre Trailhead parking lot on County Road 80C. To access the McIntyre Crek Trail, you will first need to begin on the McIntyre Trail #966 which starts here.
Prepare yourself for a magnificent hike which traverses through the Rawah Wilderness area. Travel along the McIntyre Trail for approximately 5 miles to Housmer Park. This area is where your destination trailhead is located. Pick up the McIntyre Creek Trail (#996) here which will take you both in a southerly direction. Views of the ponderosa forest are plentiful, and this trail will pass by beaver dams and several ponds. The trail travels for 3.7 miles in one direction, and eventually connects with Medicine Bow Trail. Some portions of the trail are very steep with a grade of 34% in various areas, so make sure your pup and you are in tip top shape for this hike!
Please be aware that during hunting seasons, this trail is well-traveled by hunters on horseback. Be sure to wear appropriately marked clothing to warn them of your presence, or avoid the area all together during this time of the year to keep you and your pup safe. A leash is required at all times, and be sure to keep your pup well hydrated as the elevation climbs to almost 11,000 feet. Bring pleanty of water for you to share, and clean up bags to leave no trace.
Lots of memories will be had here at the McIntyre Creek Trail with your furry friend by your side.