Located less than two hours away and virtually unreachable by other major cities in Colorado, Cameron Pass is an uncrowded Winter playground for the Fort Collins crowd.
While much of the Cameron Pass area is steep mountains and rock crags, just past its summit in the town of Gould is a gently sloping loop that makes for a fantastic afternoon on cross-country skis.
My Rating: 5 stars.
Great views of Cameron Pass and the Ranger Lakes area. Keep your eyes peeled for moose. We saw lots of tracks and droppings that were fresh.
Total Length: 6.5 Miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Difficulty: Easy. This is a groomed trail with very minimal elevation gain.
Directions / Location: The trail is easy to find, located right behind Moose Visitor Center on CO14. You will find trail maps here but you won’t need them, the trail is groomed in addition to being well-marked.
Maps: There are maps available at the TH. But if you want to know before you go, good luck. Truly, it is near impossible to find good maps of this trail anywhere. The maps at the TH aren’t available anywhere else. And the trail is on the cusp of something like four different areas/parks, so you’ll see pieces of Gould Loop on different maps, but only the TH map and the has the whole loop. It’s supposedly in the State Forest’s Winter recreation guide and on their trail maps, but that sad, sad worthless map isn’t really labeled.
CO State Parks has a good map of the whole area including recommendations about what trail to use for what activity. It is only available at the Moose Visitor Center and costs $5.
If you’re looking to get a map before you go so you can actually *gasp* plan your trip and find other trails, try the Nat Geo Trail Series for Gould/Walden. You’ll also need to buy their Cameron Pass map to find anything else in the area.
But don’t let this scare you off. If you’re just looking to do a day trip, you can’t miss it. Moose Visitor Center is a huge building right off CO14 and the trail starts from there.
Regulations: The trail is open to foot, horse, bike, ski and snowshoe traffic. Dogs must be leashed.
Fees: State Park Pass or a $6 day fee
Trail Use: Moderate
Activities: Skiing and snow-shoeing in the Winter with hiking, running, horse-back riding, biking, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer.