Gateway Natural Area Hike (Fort Collins)

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Discover the Gateway Natural Area with the Poudre Canyon Sierra Club group. Come explore the beauty in our own backyard. We will be meeting at 9 am in the parking lot by the old Fort Collin's water treatment plant. This trip will be limited to 15 people. From here, it is just a short walk to the Black Powder Trailhead, which is a very scenic route to the summit of a mountain with a spectacular view of Poudre Canyon. The trail is only 1.5 miles round trip, but is quite steep with a narrow section near the edge of a precipice. The hike will take a about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. The starting elevation is 5,374 feet with a gain of 790 feet, so this short trail is rated pretty moderate.

After we return from the Black Powder Trail, we will also do a 2 mile round trip hike up to the Seaman Reservoir. The dirt road is pretty flat and easy until you get to the last section to the reservoir. We will be able to see additional views of the area before returning back to the parking area to have lunch at a any number of the picnic spots nearby, with some sheltered.

Cost: $5 entrance fee

Bring: 10 essentials are recommended. Bring a lunch for after the hike to continue enjoying each others company.

Carpool: Carpool arrangements will be made before hand for those that wish to carpool. 

Additional Directions: Gateway Natural Area is located at 5216 Poudre Canyon Highway (Hwy 14). Take Highway 287 to Highway 14 West, then travel 5.2 miles on Hwy 14 West. Gateway Natural Area is on the right side of the road.

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