The Best Backpacking in Larimer County

Looking for the best backpacking in Larimer County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Larimer County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Larimer County

  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Hike the Mt. McConnel Summit Trail

    4.8 mi / 1334 ft gain
    This 4.8 mile round trip hike gains 1300 feet of elevation before reaching the Mt.McConnel summit. The primitive trail is rated as difficult and has an ascent of many switchbacks, leading up to a wild flower covered summit. The trail winds along the ridge line around 8,000 feet, offering panorami...
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  • Fort Collins, Colorado

    Westridge Trail Via Timber Trail

    10.67 mi / 1965 ft gain
    Westridge Trail Via Timber Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Fort Collins, Colorado.
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  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Climb Greyrock Mountain

    5.0
    7.1 mi / 3000 ft gain
    The main trail begins at the Cache La Poudre river on the Poudre Canyon Highway about 30 minutes from Fort Collins. After about .75 miles the trail splits. To go left on Greyrock Meadows trail adds 2 miles to your trip and provides excellent views of Greyrock Mountain and Meadows from the south, ...
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  • Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Mount Margaret Trail

    7.28 mi / 535 ft gain
    Mount Margaret Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado.
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  • Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

    Lady Moon and Molly Moon

    6.48 mi / 656 ft gain
    Lady Moon and Molly Moon is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Buena Vista, Colorado.
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  • Drake, Colorado

    Lost Lake via North Fork Trail

    18.4 mi / 3314 ft gain
    Lost Lake via North Fork Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Glen Haven, Colorado.
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  • Drake, Colorado

    North Fork Big Thompson River Trail

    10.11 mi / 1804 ft gain
    North Fork Big Thompson River Trail Via Dunraven Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Glen Haven, Colorado.
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  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Beaver Creek to Fish Creek Loop

    22.09 mi / 3688 ft gain
    Beaver Creek to Fish Creek Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Glen Haven, Colorado.
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  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Hourglass, Brackenbury Cabin and Beaver Creek Loop

    18.93 mi / 3845 ft gain
    Hourglass, Brackenbury Cabin and Beaver Creek Loop is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Villa Grove, Colorado.
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  • Bellvue, Colorado

    Hike to Comanche Lake in Pingree Park

    3.5
    8 mi / 700 ft gain
    You start out hiking through the average Colorado forest for the first 4 miles of the 7-8 mile trip at about 6,500 feet. The trail is largely downhill for the first couple miles until it levels out and you are headed North. A little more than halfway, you come to Comanche Reservoir and hike up al...
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Coulson Gulch Trail

    5.39 mi / 879 ft gain
    Coulson Gulch Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Lyons, Colorado.
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  • Lyons, Colorado

    Camp at Coulson Gulch

    4.0
    9 mi
    Coulson Gulch is a lightly used area of the Roosevelt National Forest which makes it perfect for a weekend getaway without the crowds. This is a great place to camp out under the stars!To get to Coulson Gulch From Lyons, head west on U.S. Highway 36 for about 9 miles. Turn southwest onto Larimer ...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike Deer Mountain

    6.03 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Beginning in Rocky Mountain National Park near the Deer Ridge Junction (where US 34 & US 36 meet), park your car in one of the 20 spots on either side of the road. Start at the trailhead booth and head north, keeping to the right-side trail at the first intersection about a tenth of a mile fr...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Storm Pass and Longs Peak Trail

    21.48 mi / 6906 ft gain
    Storm Pass and Longs Peak Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Estes Park, Colorado.
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Hike to Cub Lake

    5.0
    4.6 mi / 645 ft gain
    Rocky Mountain National Park showcases 355 miles of hiking trails, 6 campgrounds, and hundreds of backcountry camp sites. The cost to enter the park is $20.00 per vehicle, I recommend buying the annual National Parks Pass for $80.00. Cub Lake is an excellent trail for viewing wildlife. There ar...
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  • Estes Park, Colorado

    Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

    4.0
    9.65 mi / 1890 ft gain
    Odessa Lake seems to be one of the true hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park. Don't get me wrong, you will likely see some folks there, but it is a far cry from the other crowded Bear Lake trailhead lakes. There are two ways to reach Odessa; one, from the Bear Lake Trailhead, and the oth...
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