North Fork Trail

Location: Roosevelt National Forest into Rocky Mountain National Park
Nearest town: Estes Park
Distance from Denver: 78 mi / 1:45
Trail distance: 10.6 mi out and back
Elevation: 7,800 ft at TH; 9,235 ft at Kettle Tarn (turnaround point)
Directions: From Estes Park, go north on Wonderview Ave. In 0.5 miles, go right (north) on Devils Gulch Rd. In 9 miles, go left (west) on Dunraven Glade Road. Go 2.2 miles to the Dunraven TH.
Dates hiked: 09/2012 and 02/2010; photos from 09/2012
Additional resources:
ProTrails.com
Resource Analysis Systems

Trail notes and photos:
This is a nice hike close to Estes Park which passes through the Comanche Peak Wilderness into Rocky Mountain National Park. I never did find the Kettle Tarn ProTrails describes, but this was a lovely hike nonetheless. The fall colors were just kicking in, I had a nice rest and snack on a rock by the river, and it was a nice balance of climbing and more mellow trail. I could imagine backpacking 2-4 miles to one of the campsites outside of Rocky Mountain National Park, then hiking further west to Lost Falls and Lost Lake or south to West Creek Falls.

North Fork Big Thompson River valley

Marmot saying hello.

Meadow along North Fork trail

Meadow along North Fork Trail

Aspens along North Fork Trail

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