West from Fort Collins along Poudre Canyon Road is the Roaring Creek Trail heading north from the Canyon into the Roosevelt National Forest. The trail is very steep for the first mile and switchbacks through stands of large ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and meadows. After leveling temporarily, the trail gradually rises while following the creek through lodgepole pine and occasional wet meadows with willows then ends at Forest Road 517. The first mile provides panoramic views of the Poudre Canyon where bighorn sheep are often seen. Moose have been spotted in the upper meadows. Roaring Creek trailhead accommodates approximately 12 vehicles.

When Open? Area Acres Operated By
Year-round; 24 hours a day 4,035 acres US Forest Service:
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
Dogs Allowed? Miles of Trail Max/Min Elev (ft)
Dogs allowed - must be on leash in developed areas 5 7,700ft - 10,690ft

Roaring Creek Trail Hiking Area Trail and Map Finder

Area Hiking Trails:
1 - Roaring Creek Trail #952
Area Trailheads:
1 - Roaring Creek North Trailhead
2 - Roaring Creek Trailhead
Area Campgrounds:
1 - Big Bend Campground