Devil's Backbone Nature Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Loveland, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
An extension to the Devils Backbone that takes you into some scenic places. A 3.5 mi. extension to the Devils Backbone Interpretive Trail. After a short but fairly steep up hill you will enter a rolling plateau that has some awesome views of the CO foothills with Longs Peak in the background. If you're quiet and observant you may see some deer along with other wildlife. For an area that is so close to civilization the quiet and solitude of this place is a nice respite. The views of the Devils Backbone from the summit gives a different view to this geological wonder.
Did this hike on a Friday- the trail was surprisingly busy, but considering how close to town it is, I guess that makes sense.
The Backbone is a neat geological formation, and in October the layers of autumn colors are very pretty.
We were fortunate that it was overcast for our whole hike- not a lick of shade on the entire trail, so if you hike it in the summer be prepared for the heat.
Overall it was a pleasant hike and a great option for those wanting a nice hike without having to drive far out of town.
There are a number of continuous trails to Devil's Backbone. To the south of the starting area is Morrison Loop which is wheelchair accessible and about .8 miles. Starting to the north is Keyhole or Wild Loop which is the popular hike of about 2.6 miles. From there it is up to you on length. Starting at Wild Loop and going to the end is around 11 miles. Taking the longer loop portions back make it about 24 miles. Plan on encountering bikes.
The keyhole was amazing!
Nice leisurely hike in Loveland. There is no shade on the trail so I would advise bringing water if it's warm outside. The keyhole offers great views even with a neighborhood to the west.
Nice trail especially in the spring for the wildflowers. Get up close and personal to the geological formation called a hogback. Close to town. But watch out for rattlesnakes!
The trail is nice but not for hot sunny day. No tree no shades just hot like in the hell
Nice in the morning when it's overcast. In before 7, out by 9am. Rattlesnakes on the trail!
Gorgeous hike. Go to the second loop for a more challenging but more rewarding hike. Gorgeous views the whole way through.
Wonderful trail! Bring light snacks and water
Great trail, very easy to hime. Took us maybe 1-1.5 hours with stops to take photos. Little to no shade so bring lots of water and sunscreen!
Devils Backbone makes for a good training ground for local hikers. It's often crowded so early mornings are the best times to visit.
Love this trail!! Great views threw the keyhole. I use this to connect with Big Sky. Super busy during the weekend but during the week good people out there to meet.
Nice hike. I haven't done this in a few years and since they've added some new trails and signs to keep you on your way. This hike is completely exposed so bring the sunscreen. Also try to ignore the multimillion dollar houses to the east.