Ceran St. Vrain Trail, Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead - Jamestown, Boulder - Denver - Golden - Fort Collins - Lyons, Colorado
Ceran St. Vrain Trail - 3.85 miles
Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead - Jamestown
|Round-Trip Length:||3.85 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||8,365' - 8,105' (8,365' max elevation)|
|Elevation Change:||-260' net elevation loss (+495' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Ceran St. Vrain Trail - 3.85 Miles Round-Trip
The Ceran St. Vrain Trail closely follows a two mile stretch of South St. Vrain Creek, whose origin lies with Isabelle Glacier atop the Continental Divide some 10+ miles away and 3,700' above.
The trail is named for Ceran St. Vrain (1802 - 1870), a fur trader, politician and settler who established several trading posts and military forts along this creek and the South Platte River.
This mild trail leads through pristine upper-montane forests, an inclusive ecological transition zone of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir and aspen. The riparian corridor it follows supports bigtooth maple, thin leaf alder, box elder and willow, which combine to produce brilliant autumn colors.
Summer flowers thrive along the creek, notably columbine, wild rose and the prized Fairy Slipper Orchid. Visitors will enjoy good trail conditions, mild grades, easy stream access, desirable backcountry camping locations and excellent fishing:
The trail begins over a long bridge with good up and down-stream views. Once over it turns north and undulates mildly up the creek's west bank with little net elevation loss to its unofficial terminus at the 801-252 Jeep road split (1.92 miles : 8,105').
The trail is generally clear and well-padded from layers of fallen pine needles, but negotiates a few high, narrow ledges on the first half mile that are tricky when iced over. Beyond that, it travels easily through intervals of mixed pine, narrow-walled passages, and broad stream shoulders.
Though campsites are unmaintained, many are well-established and easy to find.
No sign marks the trail's end, however it suddenly widens at the 801-252 4WD Jeep fork. A good map will lead you up Road 801 to another series of dirt road connections and unmarked trail spurs, one of which scales the summit of Miller Rock (8,646').
Interactive GPS Topo MapKey GPS Coordinates - DATUM WGS84
- N40 07.471 W105 26.517 — Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead
- N40 07.771 W105 26.581 — .5 miles : Travel along elevated, narrow ledge
- N40 08.156 W105 26.447 — 1.0 mile mark
- N40 08.459 W105 26.387 — 1.5 mile mark
- N40 08.690 W105 26.376 — 1.92 miles : End of Trail @ Road 801 and 252 split
- This versatile, 3-4 season trail accommodates hikers, runners, cyclists, equestrians, backcountry campers, fishermen and winter recreationalists. Anticipate heavy use by all, and follow proper yield protocols. Arrive early to secure parking and a measure of solitude.
- There is excellent fishing all along the creek. Due to heavy use, catch and release is voluntary but strongly encouraged by the state.
- Cannon Mountain (8,615') is visible from the end of the trail.
Camping and Backpacking Information
- Dispersed camping is permitted along the Ceran St. Vrain Trail. There are no designated sites, however many are well established from regular use along the creek. Group sizes are limited to 12 individuals.
- Fires are permitted unless otherwise indicated. Call in advance for status.
- Camp at least 200' from the trailhead, trail and creek. Practice Leave No Trace ethics.
- Saint Vrain Creek (N) - Boulder County
From Horse Creek downstream to inlet of Button Rock Reservoir:
a. Artificial flies and lures only.
b. Bag and possession limit for trout is 2.
c. Brook Trout may not exceed 8 inches.
- COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE
6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
Directions to Trailhead
The Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead is located 5 miles past Jamestown, Colorado.
Travel 5.5 miles north on Highway 36 to Lefthand Canyon. Turn left on Lefthand Canyon and drive 8.4 miles to Jamestown. Continue straight through Jamestown.
The road - now also known as Overland Road - will turn into a dirt road 4.5 miles beyond Jamestown (ignore the fork on your left where this transition occurs). Continue .4 miles on this dirt road to the Ceran St. Vrain Trailhead sign on your right. Turn right. The Trailhead is located .15 miles from this turnoff.
USDA Forest Service: Roosevelt National Forest
2140 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80301
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests
2150 Centre Ave., Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526