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Horsetooth Rock Trail

 4.3 (23)

Length


2.5 Miles 4.0 Kilometers


1,311' 400 m

Ascent

-32' -10 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

7,129' 2,173 m

High

5,819' 1,773 m

Low

Shared By Nicholas Shannon

Conditions


All Clear 47 days ago
Dry, Some Mud History

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A beautiful trail through ponderosa forest with views of Long's Peak and Fort Collins.

Nicholas Shannon

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

There is an entrance fee of $6.00 per car. Fires prohibited. Camping in backcountry only.

Description

Start by follow the well signed trail through some scrubland and begin to steadily climb into the ponderosa forest. Continue through the beautiful rock outcrops and trees until you poke out onto a slope with a wonderful view of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins.

From this slope there is an option to scramble up the north or south end of Horsetooth Mountain to reach its peak. If you choose to scramble to the top, you'll discover an incredible view of Long's Peak to the west and Fort Collins to the east.

On a particularly clear day you can look down along the front range all the way to Denver.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer are common along this trail and in the spring wildflowers found in ponderosa forests are prevalent.

Contacts

Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado

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Sep 17, 2018
Blaine Zehmisch
Aug 26, 2018
Rob Pressly
Aug 8, 2018
Colin K
5mi — 2h 20m
Jun 29, 2018
M Eckhardt
May 22, 2018
Coleman Curran
May 6, 2018
Jordan Lee
May 5, 2018
Jay Davis
5mi
Apr 15, 2018
Austin Forte
An amazing gem of a hike right outside of Fort Collins. The parking is limited and costs $6 per car. Either arrive early or time it well as the nex… 5mi

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  4.3 from 23 votes

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