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blue Horsetooth Rock Trail

Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,311' 400 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 7,129' 2,173 m
Low: 5,819' 1,773 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Nicholas Shannon

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

Nicholas Shannon

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.

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Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado

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Jun 23, 2019
Alicia Taylor
2h 09m
Jun 13, 2019
Floyd Hartley
5.2mi — 2h 30m
May 26, 2019
Philip Brown
May 12, 2019
Cole Kapavik
Jan 5, 2019
Colin K
5mi
Nov 8, 2018
Floyd Hartley
3.4mi
Oct 5, 2018
Mike McGlade
Sep 17, 2018
Blaine Zehmisch

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