Comanche Peak Wilderness Area: Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide
By Joe and Frédérique Grim
The first and definitive guidebook to the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area, which borders the north and east sides of Rocky Mountain National Park, in Larimer County.
• A wide range of 20 hikes, from easy half-day routes to two-day backpack excursions over mountain passes.
• Complete trail descriptions, color photos, and maps.
The Comanche Peak Wilderness Area is characterized by rolling tundra hills, vast evergreen forests, tumbling mountain streams, and miles of quite, peaceful trails.
Located 35 miles west of Fort Collins and abutting the northern boundary of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Comanche Peak Wilderness encompasses 67,000 acres and includes nineteen named trails.
Each trail description includes a comment section by the authors that reviews the features of the route. This is followed by detailed instructions on how to find the trailhead and precise route instructions. Each description includes a topographical map and color photos of the trail. Trail descriptions start out with basic information such as the length of the route, elevation range, difficulty, and the season when the trail is most easily hiked. Note that many of these trails are also excellent for snowshoeing in the winter.
This is the first in a series of Colorado Wilderness Area Pack Guides. This series is being researched, written, and photographed in the belief that the more hikers explore Colorado’s Wilderness Areas, the more advocates there will be for enlarging those areas, and maybe even establishing new Wilderness Areas in Colorado—and throughout the country.
JOE and FRÉDÉRIQUE GRIM have hiked all the trails in the Comanche Peak Wilderness Area. They live in Loveland, Colorado.
120 pages, 4X7, 80 color photos, 20 color maps, rounded corners, paperback, $12.95, ISBN 978-0-9842213-1-8