Denver: Antelope Trail to Nelson Loop

Rolling forestland and endless grassy meadows provide abundant habitat for mule dear, wild turkeys, and other wildlife on this 6.8-miler to an old ranch in the shadow of Longs Peak.
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Rolling forestland and endless grassy meadows provide abundant habitat for mule dear, wild turkeys, and other wildlife on this 6.8-miler to an old ranch in the shadow of Longs Peak.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.1

Waypoints

ALT001

Location: 40.2277717590332, -105.295989990234

Antelope trailhead: Hike SW up rutted trail; tight switchbacks ahead

ALT002

Location: 40.2236099243164, -105.301452636719

Veer L onto old 4x4 road; Indian Lookout Mountain stands alone on the L

ALT003

Location: 40.2202796936035, -105.305618286133

Turn R on Bitterbrush Trail; trail enters zone of amber grasses and waxy-leafed scrub

ALT004

Location: 40.2226829528809, -105.312278747559

Mule deer often graze in small hollow; trail gently climbs

ALT005

Location: 40.2273635864258, -105.314888000488

Trail descends, then crosses a dry offshoot of St. Vrain Creek

ALT006

Location: 40.2266540527344, -105.322807312012

Swing W under evergreen canopy

ALT007

Location: 40.224048614502, -105.323959350586

Turn L onto Nelson Loop Trail

ALT008

Location: 40.2229461669922, -105.32926940918

Cross wooden bridge; trail zigzags into a dense woodland; watch for porcupines

ALT009

Location: 40.2212333679199, -105.333152770996

Old Nelson Ranch (c. 1890) sits in Antelope Park, a wide meadow beneath 14,255-foot Long's Peak. Spur trail leads R for a closer look at the old homestead

ALT010

Location: 40.2243957519531, -105.33171081543

Stay straight @ 3-way, heading N

ALT011

Location: 40.2267074584961, -105.32332611084

Veer L; return 2.3 miles back to trailhead