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Geologic Trail

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Southern Front Range, Colorado

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  • The trail starts at the visitor center.- Geologic Trail
  • The Geologic Trail.- Geologic Trail
  • View over the ancient sea bed.- Geologic Trail
  • Geologic Trail.- Geologic Trail
  • HIking the Geologic Trail.- Geologic Trail
  • The junction to the lower overlook.- Geologic Trail
  • The overlook.- Geologic Trail
  • The view from the upper overlook on the ridge.- Geologic Trail
  • Descending the Geologic Trail.- Geologic Trail
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Pros: 
Short, easy trail. Nike viewpoint. Can be extended for a longer hike and higher views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
8,450.00 ft (2,575.56 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.50 mi (2.41 km)
Total elevation gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,350.00 ft (2,545.08 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument has a few nice trails to explore, and one of the easiest and most rewarding is the Geologic Trail. After viewing the petrified redwood stumps near the visitor center, this should be the next activity. This walk is informative as well as scenic.

Leaving from the back of the visitor center, the trail crosses a meadow with nice views of Crystal Peak to the north. Educational displays about the park’s history and geology are informative. After crossing the creek, the trail climbs gently through some lovely aspen groves to a fork. Taking the right sharp turn leads to the overlook that is the end of the official trail. There are nice vews of the valley and surrounding gently rolling mountains.

For extra credit, taking the left fork follows the Hornbek Loop Trail. In about a quarter of a mile, just at the top of the ridge, there is a faint trail to the right following the ridge to some rock outcroppings that offer stunning views up and down the valley. This option adds about a mile to the overall hike.

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