Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We just went to Horsetooth rock and back. The elevation gain was steady and the rock scramble at the end was really fun.
We didn't do the loop, but just did the Horsetooth Rock trail out and back. This was gorgeous even in November, it was really nice to hike through some pines and get views in multiple directions at higher elevation. A fairly busy trail on a Sunday morning but it didn't detract from our enjoyment of the hike. The elevation gain is pretty steady throughout but going back down sure was nice! Horsetooth Rock itself is slightly intimidating to climb up on if you aren't fond of heights or drop offs, it isn't technical but is very exposed if you truly want to get to the top. Even without climbing up, there are spectacular views at the top - seeing the snow topped mountains in the distance was beautiful.
Great hike! Difficult!
The hike was good and the trail was not busy. Got to the falls and was disappointed that the water was all gone. Still very pretty though.
Fun easy trail, nice views on top
Nice trail to the falls!!
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.
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!
Good shoulder season hike. It gets hot in the summer and there are better hikes further west.
Great challenging trail.
Nice moderate hike near Fort Collins. Great views from the top of Horsetooth Rock.