Colorado 2002 Expedition

Hike to Lulu City and Little Yellowstone.

Distance: 9.4 miles if you go all the way to Little Yellowstone.

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation: 9000 ft at trailhead; 10100 at highest point.

This hike follows the Colorado River upstream through the mountain-ringed Kawuneeche Valley along the western side of the Rocky Mountain National Park. We will start from the Colorado River Trailhead which is about 9.5 miles from the park entrance near Grand Lake. Much of the hike follows the Colorado River upstream. At this point, the river is just a gentle mountain stream. About 2 miles from the trailhead, we will see Shipler Park which features a pair of old cabins in disrepair. A little over a mile beyond Shipler Park we will reach Lulu City which was first established in 1879 and grew to a population of about 500 before being abandoned by 1884. About a mile beyond Lulu City, the trail reaches the Little Yellowstone area, an eroded section of white and yellow rock similar to Yellowstone Canyon in Yellowstone National Park.

At this point we will be about 4.7 miles from the trailhead. People can turn around here and trace the route back down the trail to the cars however those with more walking in mind could go another 2.7 miles to reach the Continental Divide at La Poudre Pass.

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