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Little Thompson Overlook Trail

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 3.2 (6)

A slightly rocky out and back to a nice overlook.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Point to Point

5,857' 1,785 m

High

5,723' 1,745 m

Low

148' 45 m

Up

85' 26 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Bear left at the junction of the Eagle Wind Trail onto the Little Thompson Overlook Trail. This trail contours north along a steep faced hogback. The terrain is quite rocky as it ascends to an overlook, which reveals views off to the north and the plains to the east and the Little Thompson River in the valley below. There are two benches placed strategically to capture the best views from this trail and the hillside meadows are full of wildflowers here in early summer.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer and coyotes. Birds such as magpies, meadowlarks, robins, bluebirds, sparrows, wrens, and hawks. Rattlesnakes in the summer.

A great variety of plants with the highlights being prickly poppies, locoweed, asters, larkspur, coral bells, and sage. Some ponderosa pine and juniper up on the hillside.

Contacts

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Kristen Arendt

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  3.2 from 6 votes

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Flower-filled meadows thrive along the wetter parts of the trail.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Views south down the front range foothills.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Wide and very rocky start to the Little Thompson Overlook Trail.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Looking north from the end of the Little Thomson Overlook Trail.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
More wildflowers around every bend.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Views north from the raised trail bed, newly constructed in 2016.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO

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May 25, 2020
Matt Watt
Jul 13, 2019
lindsey n.
2.5mi
Jun 22, 2019
Mike G
May 5, 2019
Amy Calliham
May 26, 2018
Jennifer Bunting Healy
2mi
Apr 1, 2018
Skyler Fox
Oct 9, 2016
Michael Ahnemann
Lots of families - perfect family outing.
Apr 25, 2016
Randy Cantu