Crosier Mountain

Crosier is one of Nick’s favorites for early spring training. All 3 trails to the top of Crosier have a good mix of terrain. Overall, the route is fairly steep but there are several stretches of level, smooth trail to break up each climb. This is a great place to get some decent trail running in and top out just over 9,000ft while we still have snow at higher elevations. Of the 3 trails, the Garden Gate route to the summit is my favorite. It has the best views and a variety of scenery and terrain going through rocky areas, open meadows, and forest.

The full map showing the 3 trailheads and routes to the summit.

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High point: 9,250ft, Low point: 6,415ft

Garden Gate Route
5 Miles to the summit
3,080ft Ascent
210ft Descent

Gravel Pit / Rainbow Route
3.6 Miles to the summit
2320ft Ascent
70ft Descent

Glen Haven Route
3.75 Miles to the summit
2170ft Ascent
70ft Descent

Nick’s Crosier Triple Bagger
Garden Gate – Summit – Gravel Pit – Summit – Glen Haven – Summit – Garden Gate
24.75 Miles
7920ft Ascent

Trailheads are all very limited. There are no bathrooms and no water. The Gravel Pit trailhead has the most room for parking. The Garden Gate trailhead has space for about 5 or 6 cars and in Glen Haven, there is a small amount of space to park along the side of the road.

Dogs are allowed on leash and the trails are open to horses and mountain bikers.

Directions: Head west on 34 from Loveland and take the right turn at Drake towards Glen Haven. The Garden Gate trailhead is a couple miles up on the left. The Gravel Pit is a bit easier to spot a little further up. And the Glen Haven trailhead is on the north end of town. Park on the right side of the road and go up the dirt road by the horse stables.

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