This open space area is closed from December 1 to March 1. Check with Larimer County Open Space for current conditions and closures. Some hunting is allowed by special permit.
The trail has a few moderate challenges (stream crossings, hill climb with switchbacks) but is mostly easy (once you get past the deep sand of Big Hole Wash Trail
). Historic and scenic.
Dogs: No Dogs
From Ruby Wash Trail, you'll cross a stream to access this loop. Hike a beautiful narrow track up through meadows and cottonwood trees, past a couple of old cabins and an even older stone teepee circle. There's a bit of switchbacked climbing to gain the western ridge to the top, but then you get a pretty easy descent back to the trail junction. There are a couple of minor stream crossings that should be easy unless the water is very high.