Jacks Gulch to State Forest State Park

After MeadowFest we journeyed farther up the Cache La Poudre River and over Cameron Pass (more than 10,000 feet high) towards Walden, CO. Truck 2.0 did not have any trouble pulling the pass at whatever speed I thought was appropriate and I’m happy about that! We stopped for the night at State Forest State Park on the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains.

State Forest State Park is very large and has a delightful lake in it. We chose to stay in the cheap seats ($10) on County Road (CR) 41. There are more than 50 primitive sites in the dispersed areas and they are first-come un-reservable sites. There are also many more sites with tables, fire rings, and nearby toilets ($18). Those can be reserved via the Internet. There is only one dump station and it’s near the Michigan Creek Park Entrance.


We picked a spot next to a creek so we could enjoy the sounds of flowing water (Bonus! It was long enough to park the whole rig without disconnecting the truck). The humming birds were out working the flowers and occasionally stopped by to peek in the windows at the cats.

The north end of CR 41 is mostly quiet as the only activity at the end of the road involves hiking or horseback riding (and a little bit of logging-truck stuffs). CR 41 is only about 10 miles long and ends for automobiles at a big traffic circle/ horse campground. There is much more to do near the lake and in the campgrounds close to the hiking trails.

Tech report: There was 1 to 2-bars of verizon service where we stopped 8 miles north on CR 41. Enough for text and a couple phone calls, but not reliable enough for an internet connection.

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