One Way Length
7.5 miles (trailhead #1 to Flowers Trail #939)
Hikers – Strenuous; Stock Riders – Challenging
National Forest > Wilderness & Travel Zone
#112 Poudre River, Cameron Pass
Comanche Peak, Pingree Park
Poudre Canyon. Drive 26.5 miles from Ted’s Place to the Pingree Park Road (CR-63E) at mm 96.1, cross the Cache La Poudre River, and drive 15.9 miles to the Tom Bennett Campground turnoff on the right side. Cross over the South Fork of the Cache La Poudre River and continue on to Sky Ranch. If the gate at the entrance to Sky Ranch is locked, begin your patrol here (trailhead 1). There is parking and a clear trailhead. Note that this adds 1 mile to your one-way distance, whatever your final destination. The trail skirts Sky Ranch buildings, and rejoins the road. Turn right on the road, and follow it to trailhead 2. If the first gate is open, you can drive through Sky Ranch to a locked gate (at trailhead 2). Facilities are available at Tom Bennett Campground. Horse trailer parking is available at both trailheads. No water available at either trailhead.
Jct. Hourglass Trail
Jct. Comanche Lake Trail
Jct. Browns Lake Trail
Browns Lake Travel Zone,
Jct Brackenbury Cabin Trail
Jct. Flowers Trail
For the first 2.7 miles, the trail skirts the north sides of Hourglass Lake and Comanche Reservoir. This portion of the trail is in multi-use National Forest.
If you are continuing on the Beaver Creek Trail, you will enter the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, and the Browns Lake Travel Zone, at the west end of Comanche Reservoir. Proceed up the Beaver Creek Trail for another 0.7 mile, where the branches off to the left (south) and continues 0.9 mile to the lake. Continue up the Beaver Creek Trail about 50-100 yards, to its junction with the on the right (north). The Beaver Creek Trail continues uphill to the west for another 3 miles. This section of the trail receives very little foot traffic, and can be covered by horse from the or . If you choose to stay overnight , you could camp along the outside of the Browns Lake Travel Zone and include hikes of the , the , and/or the (as well as the upper Beaver Creek Trail).