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Storm Mountain, Bear Gulch

1 Review
Location Estes Park, CO
Rating Difficult,
Length 10.8mi
Time 1hr

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Varied destinations in this network of high-mountain roads.

Great views from the top of Storm Mountain. Many fun side roads to explore, some in burn area. Be prepared to turn around at gate at Waypoint 06, except short time during hunting season. Violators subject to $1,000 fine and/or one year in prison. Fun area to explore on ATV. Park along road between Waypoints 01 and 02. Lots of dispersed camping along route. Open June 15 to Nov. 30, weather permitting.


Trail Ratings Defined

One steep rocky section on way to Storm Mountain gets chewed up at times. Most of area is easy to moderate. Conditions on side trip down “Storm Drain” are unpredictable.




2.4mi to Storm Mountain 8.4mi to Bear Gulch



1hr to Storm Mountain 1day for Bear Gulch exploring

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(970) 295-6700Roosevelt National Forest, Canyon Lakes R.D.

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Trail Updates

Submitted by Ashley
The “steep rocky hill” now has a significant ledge a few hundred yards from the start of the trail. 75-100 ft. past that, if I’m not mistaken, what is pictured in the book as the “chewed-up rocky section” is now washed out to form a hump, ditch, and ledge (reading uphill) combo that looks really gnarly – didn’t attempt.

FR 153 is now open but has been bladed by the Forest Service.


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Denise hoskins says

We went today. Thanks for excellent directions in your guidebook. Had trouble finding Nelson Spring and campground.
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