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Horsetooth Falls and Rock Trail Loop

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 4.6 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A thorough hike in a full loop highlighting the surrounding Horsetooth Falls Trail and other trails.


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8.3

Miles

13.3

KM

Loop

7,126' 2,172 m

High

5,730' 1,747 m

Low

1,743' 531 m

Up

1,743' 531 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

49%

Max Grade (26°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This trail features many trails around Horsetooth Mountain and provides beautiful scenic views of Colorado. The top of Horsetooth Mountain provides views of Pikes Peak, the Rocky Mountains, and others in the distance.

Description

The trail was certainly manageable and guided. There is a consistently steady incline covering about 2,000 feet of incline. Most of the trails are narrow, but still accessible for bikes and dogs. There are some loose rocks (big and small) and tree roots along the trails, but none are overly difficult to overcome. The most difficult aspects of this combination of trails are the inclines and the length of the hike.

The first half of the loop climbs steadily, with a short side trip to Horsetooth Falls at about one mile. From there, you'll continue a steady climb on Spring Creek Trail. Eventually, after a short connecting section on Towers, turn onto West Ridge Trail to wind back to the south. This trail will connect you to the Horsetooth Rock Trail which takes you up to the summit. Enjoy the views before starting you descent back to the trailhead on the South Ridge Trail.

History & Background

Horsetooth Rock is a famous regional landmark near Fort Collins and is a popular destination for visitors to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

Contacts

Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado

Shared By:

Donovan Moritz

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  4.6 from 7 votes

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500 feet up the last pitch before the summit of the trail is a steep scramble and equally steep backwards all fours scramble on the descent.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
View east towards Fort Collins, one mile from the summit.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
Heading up to the Horsetooth Falls
Oct 9, 2016 near Laporte, CO
Northern Colorado summer wildflowers. This is called "Old Man on the Mountain".
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
Once over the incline, traverse along this edge, right, to the summit of Horsetooth Mountain.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
The last 200 feet up to Horsetooth Mountain.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO

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Jul 30, 2020
Martin Gudat
5h 50m
Jun 13, 2020
Mark Gueswell
1h 15m
Jun 3, 2020
Joe Varela
Nov 9, 2019
Wayne Thornes
A bit muddy in spots, but mostly dry and beautiful! 8.3mi — 3h 00m
Aug 11, 2019
Sam F
Went counter clockwise towards Horsetooth Falls, cut back west on Wathen trail, and up to Horsetooth Rock. 5.7 miles 5.7mi — 3h 00m
Jul 5, 2019
Mark Woods
Beautiful leisurely hike along a well maintained trail. Views of the Rockies in every direction from the top. — 9h 00m
Jun 23, 2019
Donovan Moritz