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North Fork Big Thompson River

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Photos by SQ

North Fork Trail #929

Area Estes Park
Park/Forest Roosevelt National Forest
Trailhead Dunraven
Distance Roundtrip 8.6 Miles
Elevation Start 7990 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 980 ft
Features River
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash


This is a nice trail that follows the North Fork of the Big Thompson River for much of the first half of the hike. After about 2.75 miles you come upon an open meadow area, which makes for a nice destination if you are looking for a somewhat shorter hike. A lot of the elevation gain on this hike happens after the meadow, where the trail climbs to reach the border of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The stats on this page are for traveling to the Rocky Mountain National Park border. The North Fork Trail crosses through the Comanche Peak Wilderness where dogs need to be leashed and crosses over into Rocky Mountain National Park at 4.3 miles where dogs are not allowed on trails.

Directions info

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About 11 miles northeast of Estes Park off Dunraven Glade Rd. Dunraven Glade Rd is also called County Rd 51B and it is a little hard to find from County Rd 43.


Roosevelt National Forest Trail Page


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