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Crater Trail

 3.0 (1)

2.0 Miles 3.2 Kilometers


67%

Runnable

675' 206 m

Ascent

-675' -206 m

Descent

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

32%

Max Grade (18°)

11,453' 3,491 m

High

10,778' 3,285 m

Low

Shared By Brian Smith

Conditions


Bad / Closed 44 days ago
Closed for protection of wildlife. They are trying to increase the big horn population. History

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A short but deservedly popular alpine run.

Brian Smith

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is closed May 1 - July 15 for bighorn sheep lambing season.

Overview

This short out-and-back offers inspired views of "the Crater," a large bowl-shaped indentation in the mountainside that was created by an ancient volcanic eruption.

Need to Know

This run takes place at very high elevation. Even though it is quite short, please be cognizant of your physical abilities before setting out.

Description

From Poudre Lake, located directly off of Trail Ridge Road (closed winters) near the Alpine Visitors Center, run up this fairly steep trail as it switchbacks its way up the mountainside. The trail passes through some alpine coniferous forest before popping out into open tundra.

At the top of the trail, you'll be able to peer out at the crater and surrounding peaks.

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