Features: Lake — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Lots of loose rocks and few places you'll have to scramble over fallen trees.
The trail starts on the Stormy Peaks Trail
near the CSU Pingree Park Campus. In addition to the normal stuff I suggest you bring mosquito repellent and wear good hiking boots with ankle support and a stiff sole.
Get there by heading west on HWY 14 from HWY 287 North West of Fort Collins, Colorado. Follow HWY 14 for 26 miles to the Pingree Park Rd. turnoff. The turnoff is on the left side of the road just past Kelly Flats. Follow Pingree Park Rd (Co 63E) for 4 miles then stay left. 11.5 miles further on you'll reach the CSU Pingree Park Campus, just before the campus turn left and the trailhead is right there.
You'll start out on the Stormy Peaks Trail
, the trail is a singletrack that climbs through scrub bushes into aspen and pine. 1/4 mile in your will come to a side trail that leads up to Denny's Point. Denny's Point detours from the trail 100 yards or so and dead ends with a beautiful view of the Pingree Valley and CSU campus. Returning to the mail trail continue on for another 1/3 mile and you'll come across a fork in the road with a sign for the original Pingree wagon road. turn left here leaving the Stormy Peaks Trail
. In another 1/3 mile you'll come to a fence section across the trail. Go around the fence and continue straight on staying to the right of Twin Lakes. 1/2 mile later you'll come to a stream crossing, you'll get a little wet in the spring and early summer, late summer and Fall the stream is often dry. Just past the stream crossing the trail splits, stay to the right. A short time later the trail will split and a large rock arrow points the way left. Shortly after turning left the trail gets steep for a while and the trail is mostly loose rock and washed out in a few places. At the top of the hill the fairly wide trail appears to dead end but off to the right there is a water diversion ditch and you can pick up the trail following along the ditch. when you reach the diversion dam cross below the dam (2x12' stacked to divert the stream), it may be a little wet and muddy. Beyond the dam the trail gets narrower and then widens into a doubletrack road. As you follow the road there will be another larger rock arrow pointing to a small trail departing the doubletrack on the right. From here on the trail does not split until it opens into the crash site.
Google Stormy Peaks B-17 and Pingree Park B-17 for history.
Typical Colorado alpine flora and fauna. On the drive in you'll see quite a bit of barren hill sides with standing dead trees from the High Park Fire in 2012, however the hike and area around the crash site where not affected by the fire.