Sevenmile Road

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (Larimer County)

Last Updated: 08/14/2020
4.7 / 5 ( 15 reviews )
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Status: Temporary Closure
Typically Open: 06/01 - 03/15
Length: 6 miles
Highest Elevation: 9027 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Red Feather Lakes
Nearest Town w/ Services: Fort Collins
Official Road Name: 225
Management Agency: Roosevelt National Forest
District: Canyon Lakes Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Sevenmile Road
Sevenmile Road is a beautiful 4x4 trail that takes you up the Sevenmile Creek Valley into Red Feather Lakes and the Roosevelt National Forest. This route was originally established by gold miners in the late 1800's and you can see some of the cabins still to this day. As Sevenmile continues up the valley it crosses the creek several times, sometimes the creek even runs down the trail, for an exciting and unique ride. This is also a year-round trail with the conditions always changing with the passing seasons making this trail an off-road destination no matter what time of year it is. Sevenmile is also home to several optional obstacles suitable for more built vehicles and other types of off-road transportation. Overall, Sevenmile Road is a must do trail for any off-road enthusiast.

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Waypoints

1. South End Sevenmile Road (0 mi)
South entrance to Sevenmile Road. There is a large parking area here with room for vehicles and trailers, also this is the best place to air down and prepare your rig for the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.704050, -105.584922

Starting Point: Fort Collins, CO

From Fort Collins follow Hwy 287 North to West Hwy 14 (Poudre Canyon), turn west up the Poudre Canyon. Follow Hwy 14 to Rustic, Colorado and turn North on CR 69. Continue about 3/4 mile and the trailhead will be on your left. A parking area will also be on your right.

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Trail Reviews (32)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
A large forest fire near Cameron Pass has this trail closed for a while. The fire is called the Cameron Peak fire. You can track information about the fire at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ As of 08-14-2020, the USFS has a closure order in place for much of the upper Poudre Canyon. Here is a map of the closed areas. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd780833.pdf

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Status: Open
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Wife and I had a wonderful time on the Sevenmile trail. We had no problems towing our Outbound trailer through the trail with the exception of a few rocks catching the trailer jack. Views are wonderful and plenty of great places for dispersed camping. We were even visited by a black bear and her cub the last night followed up by a moose and her calf the next morning.

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Status: Open
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What a great trail! Ran it South to North today. Water crossings were easy, very rocky most of the trail until the rock garden. Then it gets really rocky. Much different than the photos in the description, but with good wheel placement, most good stock 4x4’s shouldn’t have any trouble. Definitely a good idea to air down just to keep from getting the crap beat out of you. Very little OHV traffic leaving early. Can’t wait to do it again!

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Status: Open
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Fun trail to do, water crossing weren’t to bad to cross

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail today, reverse. Good trail not too difficult. Water crossing were low. Quite a bit of SxS & ATV traffic.

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Status: Open
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Ran this trail was a nice leisurely drive, only had to use four-wheel drive low in a couple of spots. Weather was beautiful, a great way to spend an afternoon. No other traffic on the road. Water crossings were very low except for one mud pit which was an easy drive.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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According to the MVUM, Sevenmile Road is officially open

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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The USFS has closed Seven Mile for the remainder of the spring. This closure is normal and lasts through the snow melt runoff. The trail usually open again on June 15.

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Status: Partially Open
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Made it roughly 1.75 miles in to the split off for a steep rocky hill climb to the NE (right) and I think the 3rd stream crossing. 3rd crossing was deep, too murky to assess, and had a ~20" ice shelf that dropped off so it was a no-go on the quad. Ended up camping by the stream about 1.25 miles in from the start where it splits from Larimer CO 69. Need high clearance rigs to get deep in, or give it a few more weeks of melt to try on lower clearance vehicles (my quad is 13.25" for reference). Overall, weather was great, some remaining snow drifts in shaded areas, but much of the ground was dry and perfect for tossing down a tent or tarp and camping out for the night. Ample options for hammock camping as well, and road has enough gentle turns and whoops for some baja-style cruising as long as you're careful of other traffic and random hikers and dogs. If you haven't been to the area before, the Poudre Canyon road in is absolutely scenic, though at 25-30 miles long can get tedious with slower traffic. As of time of review, Larimer doesn't have a burn ban in effect (Boulder does), but that situation is evolving with C19 so always check the current regs if you're camping out for the night!

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Status: Partially Open
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Did this yesterday with a few other rigs all on 35's and with chains. Lots of fun. One spot where the trail gets narrow and off camber I slid off and luckily a tree saved me from sliding too far or rolling. Lots of winching to get back on trail and past this short (35') section of deep off camber snow. Two of the rigs with me made it with a lot of slow going and winching to keep from sliding off trail. After that section is the rock garden and a few deep snow sections until the Stump Hill intersection. We took Stump hill and the snow got deeper yet, and after the gate it was steep, deep snow and ice under the snow..... didn't get far but it was fun. Went back to the intersection and continued north past the mine site and up until where it flattens out a bit. There were 6 foot drifts of thick snow that stopped us there and we turned around and went back down. Definitely need chains & winches on this one right now if you want to get far.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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What a great day to finish Seven Mile. A couple feet of snow this season so far and it was snowing heavily today. We met up with a couple of other wheelers on the trail. The water crossings were not to difficult yet, but the ice was beginning to build on the edges. There was a snow drift at the Stump Hill fork (waypoint 8) where we had to offer a little tug on a stock 4-runner to free him from the snows grasp. Having a little lift and some larger tires is advisable with the snowy conditions right now.

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Status: Open
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We ran it in our stock 2019 JLU Rubicon. Trail was mostly dry other than the water crossings. It was a nice easy ride with no scrapes or surprises. For those with lower 4x4s and 31" or smaller tires you may need to pic your lines carefully through a few spots to avoid hanging up on the diff. There were a few UTVs, dirtbikes, and other 4x4s running the trail in the opposite direction but it was easy to make space and wasn't a hassle at all. It is a great trail for a beginner to sharpen their skills and a nice leisurely ride for those with a little more experience under their belts.

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Status: Open
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Ran this with another lifted Subaru Forester on Saturday, 08/17/19. Trail report was very accurate, descriptions of obstacles were spot on, and the rating is accurate, even for our cars. Overall it was a very fun, easy day. Water crossings were all shallow, rocks were maneuverable, and weather was great.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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We ran this trail over the weekend to get my fiancee some practice 4 wheeling. I spent the day in the passenger seat trying to learn how to shoot video. This is a great trail in Northern Colorado which is usually is fairly busy, but we only saw a few people out when we ran it.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This trail is open for the season as of 6/15! https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/recreation/?cid=stelprdb5300963

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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The trail has been closed for spring runoff. No date of open, only 'when it's dry enough'. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD623048

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Status: Open
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mostly snow free except for shady spots and water crossings. The water crossings were a major issue for me because they were about 2ft deep and surrounded by ice with a steep drop in and out. I was able to make it to the third crossing but gave up because I risked hydrolocking or getting really stuck. The hillclimb is snow free and I made it all the way up. Would not recommend for anyone with smaller than 32" tires and lockers because of the water depth and ice walls making it incredibly difficult to climb out of the puddles. I will come back in the summer when the ice is gone to see how deep it is then. On the return trip I had to crawl up on the side of the crossings with one wheel in the middle on a large rock to get out, and on the first one I had to go completely around it through the trees because the ice shelf was about bumper high and I couldn't get my front wheels out. Even if I did, I wouldn't have been able to drag the rears up either because my trans skid got caught on the ice and my tailpipe was completely underwater. The pictures are deciving, the water looks shallower than it is.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Followed the trail from south to north. The snow was very minimal for almost the entire day, with the exemption of Stump Hill. Although there was no issue with snow, ice was another story. The creek crossings and very icy with big holes, which is pretty normal for the time of year, but between waypoints 6 and 7 there is a very large, slanting ice sheet that slid my vehicle right off the trail and almost down the embankment into the creek. Luckily with the winch we got the LJ righted and back on the trail. This spot is extremely dangerous, please use caution and do not damage sounding soil by attempting to drive around the ice.

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Status: Open
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Great trail! Start of the trail was dry, further in the snow got deeper and deeper. Once we got to the end there was a great spot to stop and we had some fantastic fish for lunch. Snow towards the top was a few inches. Had tons of fun with 3 other rigs.

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Status: Open
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Yeah.... Was took this SOB in a stock subaru outback. Not lifted.... Terrified. Thankfully I came from the north and went down hill (south east). The other roads just north of this one are much better for a subaru. This road... Not so much. Once I praised the Almighty for getting me out of there with a working vehicle, I was craving a true tricked out off road jeepy thing to hit this road again! Summary. If you have the right toy, awesome trail!

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Status: Open
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Excellent trail for just enough of a challenge for beginners. Rocky and loved the water crossings. I went with my stock suspension Suzuki samurai on 29” tires and never had a problem. Beautiful day beautiful scenery. Amazing time. Highly recommended.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This is one of my favorite trails up Poudre Canyon. There are a lot of fun water crossings! This is a great trail to learn how to learn how to wheel on if you are a beginner. Just enough of a challenge for a stock vehicle/beginner driver, but also fun stuff for advanced drivers/modified vehicles. It just opened up after the annual spring runoff closure, go get some!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Sevenmile is open for the season! The USFS unlocked the gates this morning for OffRoad fun. Enjoy.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Closed
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Sevenmile is currently under Mud Closure until the road is dry or May 31st, whichever comes first: FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Sevenmile Road (Forest Road 225), located north of Rustic in the Roosevelt National Forest, will temporarily close on April 6, 2018, due to wet conditions from spring run-off. The closure is necessary to maintain the integrity of the work done in previous years to repair this road following the September 2013 Flood. The road will remain closed until the road base has a chance to dry. Spring is always a good time to remind visitors to remain on roads and trails even in the mud and snow drifts to avoid making new routes and damaging the surrounding environment. Most Forest Service Roads remain closed for the season until early summer. You can check road status www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/roads. Be prepared for a variety of conditions before heading out this weekend, as winter conditions still remain at upper elevations. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/arp/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD575815

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Finally a little bit of snow. Three of us were able to escape the post-Christmas mall frenzy and enjoy a day in the mountain snow with a trip up Sevenmile Road. There was very little snow near the trailhead, but as we gained in elevation, the snow began to pile up. It became quite windy as the day went on creating some drifts which added to the snow bashing fun. One of the special treats on Sevenmile Road is the numerous creek crossings on the trails lower half. Ice building up on the creek edges create some steep, short ice shelves and as water gets splashed up on the far edge, the exit can get slick. As usual, the snow is the deepest near Stump Hill. With on about 8" of snow on the ground, the trail was in perfect early winter condition.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Calvary 4-Wheelers ran Sevenmile Road on Saturday, November 4, 2017. We had two rigs along for the trip Bill in his fenderless, dark green Cherokee and Karen in her bright red JK. The weather was cloudy and cold with light rain and/or snow throughout the day. The trail was somewhat wet but not enough to effect travel. We did encounter a large fallen tree blocking the trail on the Stump Hill spur a little before reaching the gate. We finished the trail a little past noon. At the northern trailhead, we ate lunch in our vehicles, due to the rain and snow. After lunch we explored many of the spurs and loops off of Forest Service Road 171.

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Status: Open
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Trail was in fine condition and posed no real issues for a stock 99 F-150 (open front, LSD rear, 33s). The optional hill climb on the right (#4 in the description) is a blast and the only real technical challenge encountered on the trail. Had to get a bit of a running start in two spots, but that's it. The rock garden poses no issues if you take it slow, though at the very end there was a big dip that was hidden from view. Minor scraping on front skid plate and rear bumper if you don't see it and don't slow down for it like me.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Closed
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On Friday May 5, 2017, five club members from the Mountaineers, a Fort Collins, CO 4X4 Club, assisted the US Forest Service replace the entry gate at the Sevenmile Road Trailhead. The Forest Service requested the club's help in the repair of the gate after an unknown person intentionally caused damaged trying to gain entry onto the closed trail. The gate locking post required replacement. The old post was cut off and removed. A new hole was dug and the new post was set in concrete. After the repair, the gate was successfully secured. During the spring season, the local Forest Service Ranger closes access to many trails to mitigate resource damage during the snow melt run-off. This trail is usually closed from April 15 to June 15 each year. The recent wet weather over the Colorado foothills will undoubtedly keep the trail closed until it's regular opening date.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Trail was fun but wet. I just called Canyon Lakes Ranger District and this trail will be CLOSED as of tomorrow, just a heads up.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Went to Sevenmile to complete a vehicle recovery. A 2015 Rubicon on 35's and 2015 stock wrangler were abandoned the prior day due to deep snow and failure of recovery gear. Recovery went well bringing all vehicles off the trail without damage. The majority of the trail is packed and icy. There are several large holes throughout the trail at the creek crossings making challenging obstacles. Then at roughly 4.0 miles in from the south entrance, the snow gets very deep, over 30", with an off camber slant that slides you off the main tracks. This is a very dangerous spot on the trail this year and lesser prepared to stock vehicles should turn around at the Poser Rocks from Waypoint 6.

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Status: Seasonal Closure
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Trail is now gated and subject to seasonal closures. Like many such trails in the Colorado high country, it is best to check in late spring to early summer or call the local USFS Ranger District at 970-295-6700.

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Status: Open
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Sevenmile is always a great trail to run in the winter months, especially with the limited number of trails open in the winter months around Northern Colorado. The main reason for this trip was to see if the Forest Service Opened the Winter Challenge known as "Stump Hill", which the did. While this trail is listed as an EASY Trail under normal conditions the winter months bring a whole new challenge for those that like snow and ice. As of now the ice ledges at the creek crossings are not bad, but give it another few weeks and some of these ledges can reach 2-3 feet in height with nothing but ice on top of them making for near zero traction. Did not attempt Stump Hill on this trip as it was merely an inspection run, we do hope to get a group together and make a full run at it in the near future. Remember to always go prepared, even more so in the winter months as we have come across some people on this trail broke down in freezing weather with no supplies to get them by.

Questions & Answers (7)

Q: Can anyone verify that GPX map is working? The data looks like there is not trail information and doesn’t show anything in my map app
–Michael DeWitt (04/09/2020)
–Tim Palmer (08/13/2020)
Q: Has anyone heard when this trail might re-open for this year?
–William (05/23/2019)
–John (05/24/2019)
Q: What exactly is the Stump Hill "winter obstacle"?
–Ryan Boudreau (02/15/2019)
–John (02/15/2019)
Q: Is this trail open to 4 wheelers and side by side?
–Lonnie (10/21/2018)
–John (01/03/2019)
Q: Is the trail still closed for spring run off?
–Jared (05/01/2018)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (06/11/2018)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (05/02/2018)
Q: Can anyone give me the con how’s the trail as of 4/3/2018
–Scott (04/02/2018)
–Tim Palmer (04/09/2018)
–Jen & JD Marshall (04/04/2018)
Q: Does anyone know the condition of the trail as of late ?
–devon (01/16/2018)
–Tim Palmer (01/27/2018)

Writer Information

Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!
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