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This trail is located west of Fort Collins, along the West Branch of the Laramie River. It leads into the Rawah Wilderness where it intersects several other trails.

This trail climbs through Lodgepole pine/aspen forest, following the Laramie River. It crosses the river about 3 miles from the trailhead, then continues along the West Branch of the river to Island and Carey Lakes. There is no bridge at the river crossing, but it is easily fordable during most of the summer and fall. At the crossing the West Branch Trail is joined by the Rawah Trail on its way down from Grassy Pass. It also intersects the Blue Lake Trial at Preacher's Camp, about a mile below the lakes. Limited camping is available along the firs t 3 miles of trail and at the lakes. Much of this trail is located within the Rawah Wilderness.

Directions: From Fort Collins, Travel west on Highway 14, about 66 miles then travel north on County Road 103 approximately 6 miles to the trailhead.

Elevation: 8,560 feet

Ending Elevation: 11,000 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,440 feet

Distance: 7.0 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate

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Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado

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