One Way Length
4.9 miles (from Flowers Trail to RMNP boundary)
Hikers – Strenuous; Stock Riders – Moderate
#112 Poudre River, Cameron Pass
Assuming that you will begin your patrol from the: Poudre Canyon. Drive 26.5 miles from Ted’s Place to the Pingree Park Road (at mm 96.1), cross the Cache La Poudre River, and proceed 4.3 miles to the Crown Point Road (FDR-139). Turn right and drive to the end of the Crown Point Road at the juncture of the Comanche Peak Wilderness. No facilities. The Mirror Lake Trail begins at the and intersects with the , so there are actually four different ways to access it – from the , from the via the , from the upper via the , and from the lower via the .
Trailhead (at Flowers Trail)
Jct. Hourglass Trail
Assuming that you access this trail from the , your hike begins at about 11,104 ft elevation when you turn off the Flowers Trail to the south. The trail maintains a more or less constant elevation as it goes due south for about 0.6 mile and then turns sharply to the east and continues another 1.5 miles. At this point it meets the dropping down from the northeast. The trail turns nearly due south again and continues for about 0.8 mile and then turns to the east-southeast and continues climbing for about 0.9 mile until it meets the Hourglass Trail coming up from the northeast. At this point, the trail turns to the southeast and climbs directly toward the summit of Comanche Peak for about 1.4 miles before meeting the Wilderness boundary. The trail more-or-less continues to the east-southeast along the Wilderness boundary for another 1.4 miles before it turns to the southwest just below Comanche Peak and travels about another 0.8 mile before meeting the RMNP boundary. If you want, you can continue hiking into RMNP for roughly another 2 miles to Mirror Lake.
This trail is virtually entirely above timberline and affords panoramic views and access to lots of alpine wildflowers in the mid and late summer.