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Colorado, Bright Trail
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State: Colorado
Location: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
Length, One-Way: 1.7 miles
Trail Type: Out and Back
Best Season: May to November
Difficulty: Difficult
Usage: Light

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Trail Information

The Bright Trail begins on a high, relatively level hilltop and drops down the wooded north-facing slope into the North St. Vrain Creek Canyon. This is a very steep, though mostly graded trail, with an elevation change of 1,400 feet in 1.7 miles from trailhead to creek bed. But remember this is all downhill on the way out and it is a difficult uphill on the way back.

Dispersed camping is allowed along the Bright Trail. There are many nice campsites that can be found on the south side of the creek and along the trail. You must camp at least 200 feet from the creek or trail.

After snow begins to fall, it is common to see snowshoers and backcountry skiers along the Bright Trail.

Directions

From Allenspark:
Turn off Highway 7 onto Taylor Mountain Road (a.k.a. FDR 330, also signed for Pine Valley Subdivision), about 3 miles south of Allenspark, on the northeast side of Highway 7. For 0.7 miles the road is gravel where it passes through a subdivision. Stay on the main road. After you cross the cattle guard, the road degrades to four-wheel-drive for 1.0 mile to the Bright Trailhead.

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