I hiked this trail several years ago in summer and enjoyed the dry heat of Colorado opposed to the humidity in New England. The hike offered lovely views, a manageable terrain and a cool waterfall. We were with friends and young kids so this is a definitely a family-friendly trek.
Great hike on a beautiful day. 5.25 miles round trip. We went up the south ridge multipurpose trail to the top and down the hiking only trail. I think the south ridge trail is a little more steady and slightly shorter. If doing the loop again I'd reverse by taking the hiking only trail up and south ridge down. Should be easier on joints that way.
Was a Saturday morning hike and we met lots of people on the trail. Top 100 feet is a bit of a scramble up the rock. Steep on both sides so someone that is scared of heights might not do so well.
Brenda S. on Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Roc...
Watch for snakes! Beautiful hike
1st time, an adventure for us, not moderate unless you are accustomed to hiking at such inclines and elevation. Stay hydrated. Lots of steep inclines, loose rock/gravel to be aware of so you don't slip and fall or twist and ankle, hiking boots are appropriate for this hike. Worth it when you get to the top!