Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail

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Very Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.3 km
Elevation
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54 m
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The Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail is a short but sweet walk to a scenic overlook of the Cache La Poudre River and Canyon. Revel in the vertiginous cliffs that line the river valley and enjoy the views of the mountainous landscape.

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Route Description for Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail

The Gateway Natural Area Overlook Hike is a quick walk up to a stunning lookout. Enjoy the vistas of the Front Range peaks in the distance and the impressive Poudre Canyon that sits below. This hike is a great pit stop to get out into nature and stretch your legs. Located in the Gateway Natural Area, visitors must purchase a $7USD permit.

Begin your adventure up the Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail from the parking lot. This loop can be hiked in either direction, but we went counter clockwise. Take the Overlook Trail north. The terrain is a bit steep, but children should still be able to navigate the terrain. Climb up the trail and notice the bristlecone pines. Soon you will meet a junction, veer right around the overlook. This loop offers panoramic views of the Poudre Canyon and surrounding wilderness.

Track around the loop and enjoy the mountain views. When you complete the loop, simply go down the trail back to the car park.

Getting to the Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail Trailhead

The Gateway Natural Area Overlook Trail is located off the Poudre Canyon Highway.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    No

  • When to do

    April-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Good

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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