Horsetooth Mountain Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly 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 from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This addition to Horsetooth Mountain Park can be found just northwest of Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir, nestled against the eastern slope of Horsetooth Mountain. This is the former home of one of Larimer County's pioneer families. It provides a unique opportunity to illustrate a working ranch la
Hiked the Horsetooth Rock trail. Relatively easy trail. Saw families, dogs, etc. the last portion of the trail up to the peak of the rock did involve some steeper climbing up rocky faces. Lots of options to extend or shorten the hike along the way.
I did horsetooth falls, it was really scenic and grand.
Nice, well marked trail. Bring water for your dog as well as self, none along trail except at Livestock water.
my new fav!
great place to hike with lots of different trail options. we took a left on towers to nomad and took nomad to shoreline. nice easy 4mileish hike. watch out for bikers they are fast and don't warn you when they come up from behind.
This trail is a wonderful alternative to the always-crowded Horsetooth Mountain Trail. Been here close to 50 times, and it's become a favorite for both me and my pup.
Despite the bland/arduous first mile (flat, open space followed by a steep incline if you go left) there is really a lot of beautiful terrain covered here. Make sure to grab a map at the trail head, as some of the routes can be a bit confusing once you head off of Towers. Lots of great options and ways to mix it up here... hikes can be anywhere from 1-5 hours.
Our favorite route (approx. 6 miles/ 2:30)-
Swan Johnson -
L onto Towers-
R onto Stout-
L onto Sawmill-
L onto Carey Springs- (begin descent)
L onto Towers-
L onto Swan Johnson.
Beautiful trails without the crowds! If you're looking for some great open space on a trail of moderate difficulty, give it a shot.
Great alternative to the crowds and mayhem you typically find at the main trail head parking at Horsetooth Mnt Park. Starting from Soderberg Open Space trail head you can also access Lory State Park's trail system more easily.