Feb. 8, 2012 Cache La Poudre River


snow along the river

snow on the Cache La Poudre River

Feb 8, 2012 Painting a Day Project

Cache La Poudre River

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.”     –John Muir

The Cache la Poudre River begins in Rocky Mountain National Park near the Continental Divide. Flowing north and east through Roosevelt National Forest, it tumbles down the slopes of the Front Range and through the town of Fort Collins.  From its headwaters to the confluence with the South Platte River east of Greeley, the Cache la Poudre drops 7,000 feet.

The river’s name means “Hide the powder.” According to legend, French fur trappers in the 1820’s were caught by a tremendous snowstorm. To lighten their load, they buried large amounts of gunpowder in hiding places along the banks of the river.

We have not hiked the complete Cache La Poudre trail as it is a little over 18 miles long and would require us to get a back country permit and stay overnight a couple of nights.  We’ve really only hiked a mile or two of it but have completed other hikes near it.  The views from those hikes were amazing and we’re always looking for new areas to explore so, the Poudre Trail is definitely one of the hikes on our “to do” list.  The hike winds through the valleys, between the forest and the river and ends in at the Corral Creek Trailhead in the Comanche Peak Wilderness.  To read more about the trail:  http://www.protrails.com/trails/view/120



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