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gentle on the knees and lungs
The KP Rim Trail travels along the high north rim of the KP Creek drainage. The trail maintains an elevation of 9,000 feet, as it gently climbs a few hundred feet to its ending at the intersection with the Steeple Trail #73. The KP Rim Trail passes through an area that was severely damaged by the Wallow Fire, but the area is well into recovery and dense groves of young aspen and New Mexican Locust line the trail for the majority of the hike. There are some obvious breaks in the dense new forest where excellent views down into the KP drainage and across to Blue Peak can be had.
Two trails leave the trailhead of the KP Rim Trail. Go straight and do not take the immediate right at the fence post where the trail begins. Apart from passing through some small open areas/meadows and the final portion near the Steeple Trail, this trail does not offer many big views. The majority of the trail passes through a dense green tunnel of new growth aspen and locust, so be sure to make a detour over to the rim when you can to check out the excellent views. The best views are from the clearings near the intersection with the Steeple Trail. The trail is gentle on the knees and lungs and only makes a few gentle climbs before reaching the Steeple Trail. One can turn around and return the way they came, or utilize the Steeple Trail for more ambitious itineraries.
At the time of this writing, the KP Rim Trail was recently cleared. The tread was good, and the path was wide. However, keep in mind that deadfall and fast-growing locust will be common problems on this trail, as the area continues to recover from the Wallow Fire. There are restrooms at the trailhead, but overnight camping is not permitted.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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