Montgomery Pass

A cool climb to a ridge along Medicine Bow Mountains at 11,300 feet.

Total Miles
9.5
Plan with onX Offroad

Elevation
3402.94

Duration
1 to 1.5

Technical Rating
4/10

Best Time
Summer/Fall

Trail Overview

At the end of this trail, you can take a super short hike to an amazing panoramic view. The entire trail is located within Colorado Forest State Park, and you will need to pay a fee to enter. Fish, camp and play around North Michigan Creek Reservoir.

Difficulty

Moderate. First 6.5 miles is easy. Last 4 miles is very steep, narrow and rough in spots. Four-wheel drive and low-range gearing required.

History

Colorado State Forest was established in 1938. The 71,000-acre state park is part of 4.5 million acres of state trust land granted to Colorado when it became a state in 1876. Uses for the park include grazing, logging and recreation. Bockman Campground took its name from Bockman Lumber Camp, where more than 100 lumber workers and their families lived in the 1950s and 1960s.

Access Description

Take Hwy. 14 west from Fort Collins over Cameron Pass. (This is a very scenic 1 1/2 -hour drive along the Poudre River with many campgrounds and interesting places to stop.) About 8 miles west of pass, you'll reach the Moose Visitor Center before the small town of Gould. Go about 2 more miles past Gould and turn right at entrance to park. There used to be a commercial RV park here, but it is being converted to a State Forest State Park campground.

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