Hikers and wildlife share this low-snowfall area — the former for recreation, the latter for ideal winter range. Crosier Mountain lies in an area of relatively little snowfall and can usually be hiked without ice and snow problems between April and early December. This is one of three trails to the top of Crosier Mountain. The route described here is known as the Garden Gate Trail. From points along the trail, the effects of the 2000 Bobcat Fire are visible on the other side of the North Fork of the Big Thompson River, which destroyed several homes and thousands of acres of forest. A portion of Crosier Mountain along the trail was burned over intentionally years ago, as part of a plan to improve elk habitat. In these meadows, you may encounter elk and deer on their winter range.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||3,580 ft|
|Duration||138 minutes up, 105 minutes down|
|Season||Late April to early December|
|Trailhead Elevation||6,420 ft|
|Top Elevation||9,250 ft|
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