Roaring Creek Trail #952

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Trail Distance: 5.3 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 2158 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
With the sounds of running water, delightful views, and a shaded path, the Roaring Creek Trail is an adventure both you and Fido will be thrilled to go on. This rural trail follows along the Roaring Creek for it's the entire length, with a sandy and compacted soil terrain that winds through forests and grasslands. Bring all you may need with you, such as water and bags to clean up after your pup.


This uniquely quiet trail can be started at the Roaring Creek Trailhead, where hikers can park in a sandy and dirt parking lot on the side of the road, which also happens to run right along the Cache la Poudre River. After soaking in some views near the river, you can start on the trail that begins on the north side of the lot where the parking area turns into a mixture of grassland and desert plains, with wildflowers and shrubs available to see on all sides of the trail. 

The first mile of the trail is the most treacherous, with a steep incline that ascends the ridge and travels past switchbacks. The trail begins to enter a thicker forest, with Douglas firs, ponderosa pines, and alpines. The creek can still be heard flowing over rocks, creating rapids and small waterfalls to the west.

The trail eventually runs past cliffsides and sharp ridges of the mountains. There are a few smaller trails that fork off the main Roaring Creek Trail that lead to the edge of the creek, along sandy beaches. This area is also rich in wildlife, with bighorn sheep, moose, bears, mountain lions, beavers, deer, foxes, and birds seen throughout the wilderness. The trail continues up until it reaches its ending point on the side of a road called USFS 517 where a small off-street parking area can be found. Considering the trail mostly ascends, the walk back down will be a piece of cake and go much quicker. 

You and Fido will fall in love with the laid back and rural feel of the Roaring Creek Trail, thanks to its natural wonders, wildlife viewing opportunities, and pretty views throughout.

Trail Features
Grassland, Mountains, Diverse Landscape, Beach, Steep Inclines, Muddy, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The gravel and dirt parking lot can become muddy. The trail is mostly open and sunny, so be sure to bring sunscreen. During the summer, the creek that runs right next to the trail can create a habitat for ticks and mosquitoes, so bring bug spray along.
Address
Roaring Creek Trailhead, Poudre Canyon Road
Bellvue, CO 80512
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Closed
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset
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Address
Roaring Creek Trailhead, Poudre Canyon Road
Bellvue, CO 80512
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Closed
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset