Reservoir Ridge Trail

MODERATE 13 reviews

Reservoir Ridge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, CO that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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.

4.9 miles 691 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

There are about 5 miles of soft surface trail. Reservoir Ridge is the northern end of the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers show you the way. Biking on the Foothills Trail is for the experienced cyclist. Visitors to this foothills natural area enjoy its rugged trails, access to the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail, wildlife viewing opportunities and a feeling of remoteness- all close to Fort Collins. Youll see dramatic rock outcroppings, grasslands, mountain mahogany shrubs and a few ponderosa pines. Views of the city, the foothills and Horsetooth Reservoir are great from the trails!

14 days ago

Kind of a boring little hike. Very narrow and busy.

1 month ago

2 months ago

This was a fairly easy and mostly level hike. There were small sections of it that had lots of small rocks and moved under foot. Other than that a good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Saw quite a few people on the farm access road leading to main trail; kind of petered out after that. Great views of Horsetooth and the eastward sprawl from the top with easy access to continue on the foothills trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike but don't let the photos deceive you! There is no access to water (only one little wetland stream towards the beginning). This hike overlooks the resevoir but does not touch water. Very flat to start (first mile and a half) until you reach the foothills. Steady incline with a couple of flat areas. The great views are seen on the other side of the ridge starting by the interpretive signs. Some shady spots but very sparse. There is also a very scenic part of the ridge in the middle of the loop where some of that sandstone sticks out of the ridge. Little less than 5 miles took me 3 hours with plenty of stops in between.

hiking
3 months ago

Large section at the start of the trail is flat and goes through the meadows with much of the same view. The loops section was pretty rocky so we unfortunately had to watch our step more than the view, but overall a pleasant hike for being so close to town. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do this hike again though.

hiking
3 months ago

Moderately easy hike. Long flat stretch going in and coming back to the parking lot. The foothills were nice though, nice terrain change and outlooks on the far side of the loop. I'd go again for a not-too-challenging hike.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Hard trail for mountain biking. Lots of rocks not for beginners. Cool views though!

5 months ago

absolutely stunning at sunset

hiking
6 months ago

Easy trail for a long or short hike. The trail is pretty narrow with lots of different traffic including runners, bikers, and other hikers. Very dog friendly! Great views of Fort Collins.

hiking
1 year ago

Best if you start from the Michaud trailhead as if you start from the Overland trail head you are going to do just a lot of flat dirt trail walking until you reach the more interesting Foothills trail. Once you do though, it's a pretty interesting hike. nice views and not as many bikes as you encounter on trails to the south.

1 year ago

I've been on this trail twice. It's easy to get to and has plenty of trail and beautiful views. however watch for rattle snakes

hiking
5 years ago

I think this is the one I've done. The sign called it Reservoir Ridge so perhaps this isn't the right (it's not listed as I read it). Still, if you find this one at the north end of the Horsetooth Reservoir, it's quite lovely. We hiked it close to dusk so the temperature was great and the sunset was awesome.