The North Lone Pine Trail outside of Red Feather Lakes, CO, is a lightly used, mostly one-track trail in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest. It’s almost 9 miles out and back trail.
This trail is all pine trees so if you’re going for colors (which we were), you won’t see any. There’s a fallen down “experimental station”, which in essence is a screened in patio with holes. You follow the North Lone Pine Creek the entire time and the stream crossings were fun. Cool in the mornings and no sun, so bring a jacket.
Be on the lookout for the Trail Head. There’s a sign, but you have to go around the corner and the parking area is a campsite as well. It’s easy to miss.
Final impressions: fun hike, hardly any other hikers, all shaded, no deciduous trees, cool rock formations and stream crossings, well maintained, and easy hiking.
Yesterday, my daughter and I went hiking very close to our home in Arapaho Bend Natural Area. Known for its bald eagle sightings, Arapaho Bend Natural Area encompasses ponds and Rigden Reservoir. Located right off of I-25 in Fort Collins, this hiking area is perfect for those not wanting to travel far for a short hike.
Sights to see in Arapaho Bend Natural Area
Strauss’ Cabin. A cabin built and owned by George Robert Strauss, it used to be the
third oldest structure in Larimer County. Sadly, it was destroyed by arson in 1999. However, the ruins are still accessible and visible.
Wildflowers. We saw tons of wildflowers and sunflowers all along the trails.
Bald eagles. Visit in the winter when bald eagles migrate to this area for the winter. Truly a magnificent sight to behold, bald eagle sightings are almost guaranteed at Arapaho Bend Natural Area
Fishing. Lots of ponds, fishing is allowed. Bass, bluegill, yellow perch, or sunfish populate the many ponds in this natural area.
Wildlife. Other wildlife viewing opportunities at Arapaho Bend Natural Area include: 80 species of birds including American white pelicans, prairie falcons, and cormorants.
White-tailed deer call this natural area home.
Trails. About 4 miles of natural surface and paved trail follow the edge of the ponds in a loop and encircle Rigden Reservoir.
Very beautiful and peaceful, this area was a delightful surprise. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times and finally decided to visit. Close trip if you live in Northern Colorado. Beautiful views. Nice trails. Big enough to feel in nature. Highly recommended!