The North Lone Pine Trail is a pawesome path that takes you through the picturesque Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, and along lovely North Lone Pine Creek. The trail is surrounded by aspen, lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir trees, which keep the trail shady and cool. This fun out-and-back trail is 4.7-miles long, and pups are welcome to join you on-leash!
When you get to the North Lone Pine Trailhead, you’ll find a small parking lot that can accommodate up to about five vehicles. There’s no water available at the trailhead—be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pup with you. The first 0.5 miles of the North Lone Pine Trail is mostly level, with just a few gentle slopes. When the trail reaches North Lone Pine Creek, it begins to get slightly steeper. The rest of the trail gradually slopes upward until it reaches its highest elevation point of 10,720 feet at the end of the trail.
As you walk along the trail, you’ll pass lots of interesting sites, including a unique Forest Service experimental station plot and two old logging roads. You’ll also get stunning views of North Bald Mountain, Middle Bald Mountain, South Bald Mountain, and Red Feather Lakes. Be sure to take plenty of breaks during your hike to enjoy the views!
North Lone Pine Trail ends at Junction Elkhorn Baldy Road. If you’d like to extend your hike, Killpecker Trail begins 0.5 miles west of North Lone Pine Trail on Forest Road 587. This pawesome 4.4-mile trail takes you along Killpecker Creek and provides great views of Middle Bald Mountain. Remember to bring doggy bags so you can clean up after your pup while you’re on your hike.
North Lone Pine Trail is furrific forest trail that offers tons of scenic views that you and your pup will love!
Black bears live in the area around the trail—be on the lookout for them as you’re hiking. Also, be aware that there are many loose rocks on the trail. Make sure to watch your footing as you’re hiking.