November 8, 2015
This isn’t a traditional “hike” in the sense of going up a mountain and reaching a peak. But you definitely can hike through Poudre Canyon.
It is about a twenty to twenty-five minute drive to Roosevelt National Forest, where there are plenty of people pulling over to the side of the road and taking pictures. There are fishers using the Poudre River to their advantage and the occasional kayaker. It is definitely a nature-oriented area and gets good use any day of the week.
The spots I stopped at were gorgeous, with rushing water, and giant rocks to climb over. They were great for pictures and the sun cast a beautiful light off the water. We made our way down the river and through some tough obstacles, but it was worth it. The weather was on our side that day, even in November, and all I needed was a light sweatshirt and leggings. I wore my L.L. Bean boots, comfortable as ever and worth the expense, which I wear from October to March. They keep my feet warm and protected, and look cute while doing it.
It is easy to maneuver your way from place to place, especially with a car, but for the daredevils like me, a moderately active lifestyle is probably necessary to be jumping from rock to rock. There are some slippery edges and jagged areas, so you have to watch yourself. For the most part, there are many casual walking trails and cool stopping points for everyone to enjoy no matter the physicality.
All I brought with me was a camera and left my water in the car. This type of day can last as long as you want–one hour to five. I spent the afternoon outside and don’t regret it one bit.
The water was still rushing in mid-November, but Colorado weather is crazy so you really never know what you’re going to get. No matter when you go, its worth a drive and you won’t be disappointed.