Crow Valley Loop

Total Miles
12.4

Elevation

1635.55 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

spring, summer, fall, winter

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Trail Overview

Pawnee National Grasslands offers a distinct landscape of wide-open views and rolling hills with ample opportunities for recreation. This area is a checkerboard of National Grasslands, State of Colorado, Central Plains Experimental Range, and private lands. The area contains numerous Forest Service Roads that may be explored individually or can be linked together for hours of enjoyment. The crisscrossing two tracks lead in many directions so pay close attention to posted signs and designated maps. Crow Vally Loop is an easy two-track trail in dry conditions. Drivers should be cautious in wet conditions. There are some areas where the roadbed is heavily rutted and areas that will collect standing water, making for muddy conditions.

Difficulty

Easy

Technical Rating

3

Access Description

Go to the town of Ault, from there go east on CO 14 about 7 miles. CO 14 will make a big jog to the northeast, when it starts to turn east again turn left onto CR 57. Continue on CR 57 north for 7 miles, then turn right on CR 104. The first part of 104 is a small neighborhood, so take it slow. After a 1/2 mile or so there is a cattle guard across the road. The trailhead is on the right just past the cattle guard and is marked F.S. 701