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    Dixie Crowe completed Mount Margaret Trail

    3 months ago

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Seaman Reservoir Trail (To the Jumping Rock)

    5 months ago

    We took our dogs last summer and were all beat from the heat. But I thought I’d try again since we had a wetter spring. This place is just dry and hot. The 2012 fire cleared out some of the area and there isn’t much shade (unless you’re down on the river fishing or at the picnic area). Definitely take extra water and snacks. For the $6 parking fee, lack of cover, pretty boring trails, this won’t be a first choice for hiking near the Poudre in the summer.

    Dixie Crowe completed Seaman Reservoir Trail

    5 months ago

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Black Powder Trail

    5 months ago

    Once you cross the bridge it’s a short walk to the trail head. Your calves will get a work out on this short hike. You’ll come to a fork where you can go to the left up to the summit or to the right for a tiny hike with pretty views. Go up to the summit first and save the shady short trail for last. On a hot day, this place is super hot with no real shade so bring extra water. I agree with other reviewers, there are a lot butterflies on this trail and wildflowers. Kept my eyes peeled for snakes and it took awhile to recognize the buzz was all from insects next to the trail. The view from the top is amazing.

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Timber Trail

    5 months ago

    Not sure why this marked as an easy hike. It is uphill all the way so I’d put it in the range of a moderate hike (it’s ranked as expert for mountain bikers and equestrians). Lots of mountain bikers to dodge and no cover for the majority of the hike. I’m not sure if the fire in 2012 opened this area up or if it’s truly a grassland to shrubland area before the forest? Bring extra water on a hot day, you’ll need it. Great views from the trail and wildflowers made it worth it. The little spur to the waterfall area from the parking lot is a nice area to cool down in. May be a better hike in cooler weather or not on a June weekend.

    Dixie Crowe completed Timber Trail

    5 months ago

    Dixie Crowe completed Black Powder Trail

    5 months ago

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail

    5 months ago

    This time of year the crowds are out daily, not just on the weekend. Get there early for good parking. After you hike to the falls, take Spring Creek trail to see a pretty little valley and lots of birds (if you go early in the morning). Lots of wildflowers are out right now, too. Because it's breeding season, you'll have to turn up Soderberg trail where it intersects Spring Creek since the rest of Spring Creek trail is blocked from use right now. You can either hike up to the tooth or head back to the parking lot from there. Great hike!

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Reservoir Ridge Trail

    5 months ago

    Starting at the parking lot off Overland Trail Drive it's a nice easy flat hike to the foothills. There's no shade so bring extra water on a hot day. On the Foothills trail you'll see the open space is abutted by private farms, but gorgeous views of the foot hills. You don't want to miss the view from the top. Awesome views of Fort Collins and the Reservoir from up here. There are pit toilets at the parking lot off Overland and Michaud Spur. Birds included redwing black birds as there are some marshy areas and a little creek. Trail is open for hikers, runners, dogs, and bikes so keep one ear bud out.

    Dixie Crowe completed Reservoir Ridge Trail

    5 months ago

    Dixie Crowe reviewed Ruby Wash and Big Hole Wash Trail

    5 months ago

    Really enjoyable hike. With our spring rain this year, this is the greenest I've seen NE Colorado in five years. The hike in the canyon on Bent Rock Trail along Sand Creek is superb for early season wild flowers, cliff swallows, changing to meadow larks, and plovers when you get to the prairie in the bowl and along the creek near Ruby Wash Trail. Nicely maintained trails that cut to a two track and back to trails. The trails up the big dry washes are a bit of a concern for me coming from areas with flash flooding. Noted by cairns in wire cages and a stake, and while it's not thunderstorm season yet keep that in the back of your mind. I did see a lot bear sign out there including a fairly fresh track at the edge of the creek near the Ruby Wash Trail (picture uploaded). The area is pretty gravelly and bear tracks won't always be super clear. I decided to give the bear a wide berth and hike back down the trail. I found other bear evidence in Big Hole Wash, with unclear tracks because it was a deep gravelly track, but with a larger stride than mine and deeper impression (meaning bigger and heavier than me) that had turned up wetter gravel from deeper layers. So I turned back. Still got in almost five miles. Hike smart and enjoy yourself.