Fort Collins, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 06/15/2021
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3 miles
Highest Elevation: 9833 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Fort Collins
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fort Collins
Official Road Name: 352
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District


Highlight: Hurley
In 2012, the High Park Fire consumed 88,000 acres of forest in the Roosevelt National Forest west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Heavy fire damage happened along the northern edge of the Buckhorn Canyon at Pennock Pass. Some of the off-road routes in this area remain closed today following the fire. Hurley, however, begins near the top of Pennock Pass but heads to the south and was unaffected by the fire. This is a short, heavily forested trail that offers great solitude and does not see much use. The trail is rocky, but not difficult.


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1. Hurley Trailhead (0 mi)
The trailhead runs to the south off the Buckhorn Canyon Road. The trailhead is at Pennock Pass, the highest point along the Buckhorn Canyon. Looking north from Buckhorn Canyon, you can see evidence of the 88,000 acre High Park fire from 2012. The forest south of Buckhorn Canyon, including Hurley, was not affected by the massive forest fire.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Masonville, Colorado

Go west on Larimer County Road 27 (Buckhorn Road) 10.6 miles. Veer left onto Larimer County Road 44H, the Buckhorn Canyon Road. At this intersection, the road turns to dirt. Continue west on the dirt Buckhorn Canyon Road for 15.2 miles. Hurley takes off to the south (left) and is marked as USFS Road # 352.



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Tim Palmer

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Tim lives and works in Northern Colorado. He has owned and driven 4X4 vehicles his entire adult life including Jeeps, pick ups, ATVs and UTVs. After high school, Tim's first 4X4 was a 47 Willy's CJ-2A with a flat 4 and a 6-volt electrical system. Typically wheeling in Northern Colorado or Southern Wyoming, Tim loves being in the mountains and the back country. Because of a desire to enjoy and promote responsible off-roading and to keep it available for the future, he belongs to a local 4X4 off-road club. Being part of the community furthers that goal as well. A love for off-road adventures, camping, fishing, and hunting keeps Tim away from pavement and always exploring. While his wife likes the comfort of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Tim prefers the ruggedness of the Jeep Wrangler. Although most off-road time is spent in Colorado and Wyoming, an occasional trip to the Moab area is common. Tim will spend the summer going topless and enjoying the value of the great outdoors. Amateur Radio Technician license call sign: ke0npg
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