Storm Mountain  Easy icon
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USGS 7.5' Map: Buckhorn Mountain, Drake, Glen Haven
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 4 FR 153, FR128, FR295 18.80 5,600 to 9,918 ft. Rock - 3 4-5 hours
County: Larimer
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave. Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970)295-6700
Summary: Storm Mountain is an easy 4WD road with a few challenges on it. There are good scenic views to the east from the top of Storm Mountain.
Attractions: 4WD Road Challenges. Scenic views.
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - December 1 to June 14.
North access is only during hunting season.
Best Time: June - Possible snow at the top
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best, Fall Colors
October - Best. Possible early snows.
Camping: There are a few dispersed camp sites below Storm Mountain in the small meadows, and two along the upper section that climbs to the top of Storm Mountain.
Base Camp: This would not be a good place to base camp. There is a lot of private property in the area and only a few forest service roads.
Fall Colors: Average - Pockets of aspen on the climb up to Storm Mountain.
Navigation: From Loveland head west on US-34 W/E Eisenhower Blvd toward N Cleveland Ave for 13.8 miles. Merge onto US-34 W and go 2.6 miles. Turn right onto County Road 43 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Storm Mountain Road and go 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Drive and go 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Storm Mountain Drive and go 4.0 miles. Slight right onto Forest Rd 128 and go 0.4 miles. At the intersection go left to drive to the top of Storm Mountain. Turn right to drive the lower section of the Storm Mountain road.
Note: The lower section does not have access to the Buckhorn Road (CR 27), except during hunting season.

From Estes Park head northeast on US-34 E/Big Thompson Ave and go 12.8 miles. Turn left onto County Road 43 and go 0.3 miles. Turn right onto Storm Mountain Road and go 2.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Drive and go 0.2 miles. Turn left to stay on Storm Mountain Drive and go 4.0 miles. Slight right onto Forest Rd 128 and go 0.4 miles. At the intersection go left to drive to the top of Storm Mountain. Turn right to drive the lower section of the Storm Mountain road.
Note: The lower section does not have access to the Buckhorn Road (CR 27), except during hunting season.

Note: This access is only open during hunting season.
From Loveland head west on US-34 W/E Eisenhower Blvd toward N Cleveland Ave for 6.4 miles. Turn right onto N County Road 27 and go 5.2 miles. Turn left onto Buckhorn Rd/N County Road 27 and go 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Muntain Road.

Note: This access is only open during hunting season.
From Fort Collins, CO. head west on W Prospect Road toward Mason Corridor Transitway for 2.0 miles. Turn left onto S Taft Hill Road and go 2.5 miles. Turn right onto W County Rd 38 E and go 9.7 miles. Continue onto Buckhorn Rd/N County Road 27 for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto Storm Mountain Road.
History: This area was burnt by the Bobcat Gulch Wildfire in 2000. It burnt over 10,000 acres and destroyed 22 structures. The fires started on June 12, 2000 from embers blown out of a campfire that ignited the dry grasses in the area.
Description:
The Storm Mountain 4WD road starts just south of Galuchie Park where you enter public lands. The section below Galuchie Park is FR128. Access to this point is through the Cedar Park neighborhood. You will cross from private to public lands a few time on the way up to Galuchie Park. From Galuchie Park the main Storm Mountain road heads west toward Foggy Park.

Within a half mile after heading into the forest from the open meadow of Galuchie Park you will begin to climb up onto a ridge of Storm Mountain. This is where two of the obstacles are. They are rocky outcrops in the middle of the road requiring correct tire placement as you continue to climb to the top of the ridge.

At the top of the ridge the road will head northwest passing some large boulders and a few camp sites. You will continue in the forest for about a mile before you come to a small meadow on the side of Storm Mountain. This is Foggy Park and the road will climb up through the center of the meadow.

Foggy Park view westward

photo by:
Adam M

At the bottom of Foggy Park three spure roads branch off to the left. These are FR153B, which runs northwest for two miles and then ends, FR153C which is about 3/4 of a mile to FR153G which goes a short distance and then ends.

Driving Foggy Park

photo by:
Adam M

Once you enter the trees again after crossing Foggy Park, you will have about a half mile to go to reach the top of Storm Mountain. There will be one more rocky section to get through before you come out to an area where there are views to the east.

At the top of Storm Mountain (9,900 ft) the road will continue around to the east side and end at an old mine adit. From the main parking area there is a challenging loop road the climbs higher onto the mountain. From here you have to head back down to Galuchie Park.

Galuchie Park from Storm Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

From Galuchie Park you can stay on FR153 and head east toward Bear Gulch. The road will run along some private property before heading northeast and coming to the intersection with FR295. This right rung will take you back into the Cedar Park neighborhood. Stay to the left ot continue on the Storm Mountain road. As you head toward the east again you will come to a rocky down hill section that offers a bit of challenge.

Bear Gulch

photo by:
Adam M

Once below this rocky hill you will follow Bear Gulch heading back northeast again. The next intersection you come to will be with Stringtown Gulch, FR345 to the left. This road heads northwest over to Bald Ridge and Hyatt Hill above Stringtown Gulch. The road will dead end at private property. Stay to the right to continue following Storm Mountain road. After just over a half mile you will come to an intersection with FR153D to the right. This spur will dead end in less than a half mile. Stay to the left and you will come to another intersection very shortly. To the left is FR153F and FR153E, both will dead end after a short distance. To the right is Spruce Mountain, FR348, road. This road will loop back to the Storm Mountain road. Stay to the center to continue on the Storm Mountain road.

The road will run through more open areas, some due to the Bobcat Gulch Fire, as it heads east.

Climb from the east entrance

photo by:
Adam M

After about 2.25 miles you will come to private property gate and turn around / parking area.

Forest west of the east entrance

photo by:
Adam M

Storm Mountain east area

photo by:
Adam M

Storm Mountain sign

photo by:
Adam M

Access down to County Road 27 is only available during hunting season. You will have to back track to Galuchie Gulch to exit the Storm Mountain network of 4WD roads.

Data updated - January 1, 2019     4WD Road driven - September 22, 2018     Copyright 4X4Explore - 2000-2019