The Ten Essentials

5. First Aid: carry a customized first aid kit – ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, BE PREPARED


One Way Length
Beginning Elevation
Peak Elevation
Gain/Loss/Net Gain
USFS Regulations
Trails Illustrated
1.9 miles (trailhead to Montgomery Pass)
Hikers – Easy to Moderate;    Stock – Moderate
National Forest
# 112 Poudre River, Cameron Pass
Clark Peak


The trailhead is located across the highway from the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead. The trail begins in the Roosevelt National Forest and enters the Colorado State Forest.

Poudre Canyon, 57.4 miles from Ted’s Place (at mm 66.3), at the Zimmerman Lake Trailhead parking lot. The Montgomery Pass trailhead is across the highway near the lower end of the parking lot. Facilities located at the parking lot.

GPS Coordinates
RNF - CO State Forest boundary
Montgomery Pass

N40°32.405’ W105°52.931’ Open lightbox
N40°32.438’ W105°53.883’
N40°32.564’ W105°54.397’
Montgomery Pass Trail elevation profile


This is a popular trail, because it is short, and you can get above timberline in a short time. The trail begins in multi-use National Forest. It leaves the Roosevelt National Forest and goes into the Colorado State Forest after a short but steep 1.3-mile hike through a subalpine area supporting large Douglas-fir and Engelmann spruce trees. Wildflowers put on a tremendous display immediately after snow melt and continue through most of the summer. After entering the Colorado State Forest, continue on for another 0.5 mile to Montgomery Pass. The views are spectacular from here in all directions North Park fans out to the west, and you will have great views of the Neota Wilderness to the east. The trail follows the route of an old jeep road that was used to access North Park before the road over Cameron Pass was built. You will notice the remains of an old log cabin on the way up, at the Colorado State Forest boundary (unmarked). Tom Montgomery, a well-known resident of Larimer County, may have built the cabin around 1900.

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  • Guest - wyatt

    Surprised to see your recommendation of using a "candle lantern" for light. Aren't those quite outdated?, and bulky? Don't most folks use battery-powered headlamps these days?

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  • Guest - KL

    At 6/21/15, jeep road to trailhead was closed. WHY? Park at Yurt, walk Jeep road - is clear, dry, creek crossings are inconsequential to vehicles, no snow. Turned around at first creek crossing. West-southwest face of peaks are virtually clear of all snow.

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