Pierson Park North

Estes Park, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 12/01/2021
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 11/30
Length: 2.48 miles
Highest Elevation: 9075 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Estes Park
Nearest Town w/ Services: Estes Park
Official Road Name: 119
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District


Highlight: Pierson Park North
Named after the nearby Pierson Mountain, Pierson Park Road North travels through the backcountry south of Estes Park, Colorado. You will find spectacular views of the Estes Park Valley as well as access to the Pierson Park Trail, a hiking trail that wanders through old homesteads from the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 2013, heavy rainfall created havoc on the landscape of the surrounding area. The excessive rain caused a significant landslide from the Twin Sisters Mountain that borders the western edge of the valley. The landslide was deemed unstable by the US Forest Service and the Pierson Park Road was basically cut in half by the natural disaster. Today, the once-through road is open as an out-and-back from the north and from the south. Remnants of the landslide are still clearly visible on the eastern slope of Twin Sisters Mountain.


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1. Pierson Park North Trailhead (0 mi)
Pierson Park North begins at the top of the Little Valley Road switchbacks. The trailhead is well marked. Little Valley Road is a privately maintained road that goes through the Little Valley neighborhood. Residents are concerned about speeders and road damage. Please be considerate for those who live in the area.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Estes Park, Colorado

Take Colorado Highway 7 south out of Estes Park for 3.9 mile. Turn east/left onto Fish Creek Road and continue for 1.5 miles to Little Valley Road. Turn south/right onto Little Valley Road for 1.9 miles to the top of the switchbacks. Pierson Park North (USFS 119) is on your left at the top of the switchbacks.



Land Use Issues

Pierson Park Road was once a through road. In 2013, heavy rains and flooding caused a landslide of rocks and trees from the Twin Sisters peaks. The debris from the event crossed Pierson Park Road near the halfway point. The US Forest Service has advised that the ground is too unstable to repair and reopen the road. There are currently no plans to reopen the closed section of the road.

Trail Reviews (7)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Any update if this has been opened yet? Also, when trails do open up, will this site mark them as soon as they open, or does it take someone actually going to see? I will be out near there from KC and can check it out myself, but if anyone knows that would help!
–Kenneth Drake Gruetze (06/15/2020)
–Zachery (06/23/2020)
–John (06/16/2020)

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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 Trailsoffroad.com 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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