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Cow Creek - RMNP

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From Steve Schweitzer's A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain National Park, flyfishingrmnp.com: If you are short on time, Cow Creek can be a fun half-day adventure. Its close proximity to Estes Park makes this an attractive destination, but plan on securing a parking spot early as this is also a popular destination for day hikers and families ...

Getting there: US-34 to Co Rd 43 to McGraw Ranch Road to Cow Creek Trailhead. This is one of the more leisurely strolls in the Park. Day hikers make the trail busy, but most do not come to fish Cow Creek. The creek contains mostly smaller fish and the water runs thin during late summer. There is parking for about 10-12 vehicles just a few paces from historic McGraw Ranch, where the trailhead begins. The trail begins following a two-track from the ranch across a long open meadow, roughly following Cow Creek. The trail leaves the two-track and ascends up the side of a slow sloping hillside, taking you away from Cow Creek for about 3/4 of a mile. Where Gem Lake Trail meets with Cow Creek Trail, you'll see Cow Creek again. From here to Bridal Veil Falls, small stream fishing prevails for brook trout and brown trout.
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