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Maxwell Natural Area Ridge

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Length


3.6 Miles 5.7 Kilometers


585' 178 m

Ascent

-583' -178 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

5,727' 1,746 m

High

5,141' 1,567 m

Low

Shared By Nicholas Shannon

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A popular local hike with wonderful views of Fort Collins to the east and mountains to the west,

Nicholas Shannon

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a quick but rewarding out-and-back through the Maxwell Natural Area. The hike culminates in panoramic views.

Description

From Banyan Drive, hike west on the Foothills Connector out of the neighborhood north of Hughes Stadium. You'll soon arrive at a junction with Foothills Trail which continues west through the grassland and mahogany shrubland climbing towards a saddle in the hills just north of the 'A'.

After you climb to the saddle in the hills, the trail dips into a meadow before turning south and climbing up to the ridgeline above the 'A'.

This trail begins on flat, easy ground with few obstacles before climbing the hillside and passing through some more technical rocky sections. The views of the front range come when you reach the ridgeline above the 'A'.

Enjoy the views both from the top and on your descent. This is a great local option for any day in the Fort Collins Area.

Flora & Fauna

This trail runs through grassland, shrubland, and ponderosa forest. Wildflowers, including Bell's twinpod, grow in the area. Mule deer, prairie dogs, and various bird species, may also be spotted throughout your hike. Watch for rattlesnakes.

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Apr 30, 2018
Matt Nelsen
3.8mi
Mar 30, 2018
Lauren H.
Great trail! Good for mountain biking as well. 3.6mi
Mar 11, 2018
Julie Megan
Easy stroll up to the lake view. However, path is narrow and rocky, which makes it difficult to navigate when crowded.
Jun 4, 2017
Keith McCue
Apr 11, 2017
Glen Snorf
3.6mi

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  4.0 from 8 votes

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Beth Budra
Timnath, CO
Beth Budra   Timnath, CO
This hike gets more interesting as you go. The beginning stretch is straight and boring with many sharp rocks that poked right through my minimalist shoes. The route gradually improves and ends with great views of Horsetooth Reservoir. Sep 8, 2017

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