Green Ridge Trail

5/5 (11 reviews)
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (Larimer County)
Last Updated: 06/22/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

Standing water and mud await your journey on this 15-mile trek through the high-country forest near Cameron Pass in the upper Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins, Colorado. Even during the driest parts of the summer season, water holes with 36” of standing water are abundant and common. Early season off-roaders will find water even deeper when the trail opens after the spring snowmelt. This is not a technical trail but the risk of getting stuck and actually using that winch for more than a conversational piece is real. Find a like-minded off-roader to go with you and hit the trail for a day of beautiful scenery with a drive through an adult off-road water park. Green Ridge Trail is the third leg of the three-trail loop known as the “Mud Loop.” Off-roaders will combine Sevenmile Road, Bald Mountain (USFS517), and Green Ridge Trail as a day-long trifecta where you will experience a diet full of rocks, water, and mud. Green Ridge Trail is, by far, the wettest and muddiest in this loop that starts and ends in the Poudre Canyon.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Green Ridge Trail is a very fun and adventurous trail that travels north along the Green Ridge from Poudre Canyon to the Deadman vicinity near Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. The trail has numerous water crossings with some of them exceeding 36" in depth. The route remains in the trees except where it passes through a couple of meadows. Significant water is always present along the trail which becomes more easily passable later in the season. With the water comes mud. Rocks on this trail can be 18" in diameter with some hidden in the water features. Because this trail travels through a remote mountain area without cell phone service and there is a significant risk of getting stuck on this trail, recovery equipment is a must for this trail. For safety reasons, don't run this trail alone. Green Ridge Trail, when combined with Bald Mountain (USFS 517) and Sevenmile Road, is known as the "Mud Loop". The Green Ridge Trail leg is the most difficult and could be problematic for beginning off-roaders and stock vehicles.
This trail is very remote with no cell phone service available for miles.

Trail Reviews

5/5 (11 reviews)
Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I drove Green Ridge from north to south on Sunday, 25 Sept., 2022. It's open all the way through now. Most of the trail was in good condition. It get's a little thready between Laramie Lake and the top of the ridge, through the fire. There's some low hanging branches (well, less now LOL) and the 2-track is just getting beat back in. The water holes were all fine, not too deep for my Xterra and almost all of them have a solid bottom. I did burry the Xterra up to the body in an optional mud hole at waypoint 11, so be prepared if you try for that one. No pics, we were busy driving. In the conditions that are out there right now I don't know if I'd give this a 5, more like a 4 to 4.5, but I'm sure it gets harder with more water on the trail and deeper water holes.
Official Crew
39150
Temporary Closure
Visited: 06/22/2022

Green Ridge Trail remains closed by order of the USFS because of fire damage from the Cameron Peak fire in 2020. There is no estimate on when the area will re-open to the public.
Official Crew
104650
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

Closed for the season! See you in 2022!
Official Crew
39150
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 06/15/2021

Although this trail is scheduled to be open now, the trail remains closed by the US Forest Service because of damage from last year's Cameron Peak Fire. It is not yet known when, or if, this trail will be opened this season for motor vehicles. We will continue to check with the US Forest Service and post details as they become available.
Temporary Closure
Visited: 08/19/2020

According to the latest update on the Cameron Peak Fire, the fire has burned everything on the southern end of this trail between approximately waypoints 1 and 8. Depending on how extensive the damage from the fire is, it could take years for this trail to be reopened, if ever. The offroad community will need to be active in pressing the Forest Service to reopen this road when it is safe to do so rather than using the fire an excuse to close it permanently.

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