Round Mountain

Round Mountain (or Sheep Mountain) is a great local Northern Colorado climb just outside of Loveland. The trail starts off with some really steep, relentless switchbacks but there is a nice dip down in the 3rd mile to give you a short break before the final grunt to the top. The trail is moderately technical and well maintained by the city of Loveland.

Unfortunately the summit isn’t very interesting. It’s just a cairn at the top in the middle of the trees. Off to the left there is a small clearing that you can get a bit of a view of RMNP but other than that, there really isn’t much to see at the top. The best scenery and views are in the 3rd mile along an open face with a full view to the east down the canyon towards Loveland.

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9 Miles round trip.

Approximately 2,920ft Ascent
High point: 8,440ft, Low point: 5,765ft

There are bathrooms at the trailhead but no water. And there is plenty of parking space.

Dogs are allowed on leash.

Directions: Head west on 34 from Loveland. From the Dam Store, the trailhead is exactly 4 miles on the left. The Round Mountain sign isn’t visible from the road heading west so you’ll need to look for the dirt road immediately after you pass the Viestenz-Smith Park entrance on the right.

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