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Horsetooth Rock Trail

 16 votes

Length

2.5 Miles 4.0 Kilometers


Elevation

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

Conditions


All Clear 4 days ago
Dry - Great conditions, trails are clear and dry. Some areas of loose rock on this 5 mile out and back. History

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

Nicholas Shannon

Overview

There is an entrance fee of $6.00 per car. Fires prohibited. Camping in backcountry only.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

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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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
Apr 1, 2018
Jewels Dawson
Zaynahs birthday hike with Alyssa, zaynah, Kendall shallenberg, kendall collins, Olivia Madden, Alea, Kayla Chaput. 5.2mi
Mar 10, 2018
Eric Riles
2.5mi
Feb 17, 2018
Jewels Dawson
with Jennifer Shaw 5.1mi
Jan 6, 2018
Marissa Karpack
Jan 5, 2018
Cloud F
Nov 3, 2017
Keith McCue
Oct 21, 2017
Evan Salfelder

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  4.3 from 16 votes

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