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Fort Collins, Loveland, Colorado, United States

West White Pine Mountain 4x4 Trail

Short, fun, mostly easy climb to top of 10,000 ft. mountain

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2.9 miles / 4.7 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly
Overview: Short, fun family outing. Real adventure, but not overwhelmingly difficult. Kids will love exploring at the top. Views on a clear day. Foundation of old fire tower makes great spot for lunch. Good dispersed camping along the route. Lots of aspen for great fall color. Trail is open June 15 through Nov. 30, weather permitting. Room to unload unlicensed OHVs at the bottom.
For current conditions call Roosevelt National Forest, Canyon Lake Ranger District at (970) 295-6700.


Moderate. Mostly easy but it gets steeper as you climb. Rocky, rutted and muddy in places. Aggressive stock SUVs with good articulation and high ground clearance can do it with a little offroad driving experience.

This trail is one of 80 trails from the book Guide to Northern Colorado Backroads & 4WD Trails, 3rd Edition, by FunTreks Publishing, available at

Tips: If it’s a cloudy day, you won’t be able to see too much from the top, so pick a sunny day for maximum enjoyment. The Buckhorn Ranger Station near the start is closed most of the time, but sometimes it’s open for special events.

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Points of Interest


Start Here

Start of trail is marked as Forest Road 100. This point is 11.4 miles west on Buckhorn Road from Stove Prairie Road. It's just across from the Historic Buckhorn Ranger Station.

Camping to Right

Trail continues straight uphill. Road on right goes to dispersed camping. Don't go left; it's a private residence.

Camp Spot on Right

The road turns left past good camp spot, then turns sharply right uphill over small rock ledge.

Steep Rocky Climb

Steep, rocky road climbs across open area.

Saddle at Top of Ridge

You reach a saddle at top of ridge and the road curves left and continues to climb. Unfortuneately, thick forest obscures the view.

Trail Ends

Trail ends within 100 feet of top of West White Pine Mountain. It's steep and rocky here with little space to turn around. Walk uphill short distance and you'll see four concrete footers for an old fire lookout tower. There's an old outhouse to see if you continue down the other side. The fire tower was built around 1939, but removed by helicopter many years later. The cabin of the tower now sets on the ground at Colorado State University's Environmental Learning Center in Fort Collins.
Pictures in this guide taken by: FunTreks, FunTreks, Inc.

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This trail was closed when I went. They had two giant trees pulled infront of the trailhead. I went a little further down the road and found some random trails, so overall it was fun.
Visited on Jun 21, 2014

by blask06 on Jul 07, 2014

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