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Hit the trail at Lory State Park and enjoy mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding amid some fabulous foothills scenery just minutes from Fort Collins and adjacent to Horsetooth Reservoir. From rolling valleys to mountainous hillsides, Lory State Park's 20 miles of trails rarely exceed a 12 percent grade. The variety of trails is great for short or long hikes, mountain bike rides, horseback rides and jogs. Backcountry camping is also available for visitors looking for a quiet getaway close to suburban Fort Collins .

The rapid elevation increase is immediately apparent. The change in trail, foliage and scenery was enjoyable. The last 10th of a mile will kick your butt, be prepared! The view of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins is breathtaking! I would not recommend this trail to those out of shape or new to hiking.

Awesome hike

Great trail! Love the view!

hiking
18 days ago

Challenging climb but well-constructed trail and excellent views from the summit!

Easy climb and beautiful views.

We found this trail to be much easier than described in other reviews. I took my 7 and 9 year old boys and they had no problem getting to the top. Nice and cool still in July at 6 am. Windy at the top. We saw lots of deer. Amazing views at the top.

hiking
25 days ago

Hard on a hot day but worth it

hiking
28 days ago

Partially shaded nice trail. Not that hard. Scramble at the end is steep, but short with lots of sculpted steps & plenty of hand holds. Wild flowers are past their prime this time of year. Beautiful view is your payoff at the summit.

Did with all 7 kids ages 6-16. Was a challenge for a few of them, but not too bad!

The kids loved this hike, and what a treat to take a dip in the lake! Monday morning and the trail was empty. Saw a deer, lots of coyote scat, and many dragon flies. It’s pretty sunny with little opportunities for shade, so pack the sunscreen and water! The campground by the lake was unfortunately a mess, the previous campers did not do their part in keeping it clean, it’s too bad!

Loved this hike! Just when you think you can't do anymore you start the boulder climbing and it opens up to an awesome view! Totally worth the climb. Did it with a 14, 10, and 5 year old.

Quick go to!

I hike this one a few times a year as a quick and easy way to get into nature as it is only a short drive from my home. It's a good one for dogs, and kids, as there is plenty to look at and the work is not too strenuous. Go early to avoid the heat and crowds. If you can, watch the sunrise over the reservoir.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for little ones and pups! Our 3 and 5 yr old made it just fine. Take lots of water in the summer and be sure to look for the olive trees, apple tree and raspberry bushes! Also, spotted an amazing Cecropia caterpillar, the kids loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Done this one with my dogs, kids, girl scouts multiple times. Great views! Be sure to have water with you!

hiking
1 month ago

NIce hike. no shade. Have done this one multiple times with my kids and dogs. Tend to see a lot of bikers on this trail.

Nice trail. Tends to be a lot of bikers out on this one and occasionally horses. Pretty easy. Can get off at one point to get over to the lake if you wanted to wade of swim. Great for all levels and ages of hikers

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty dang challenging... but great views!

Beautiful and rewarding hike but challenging! If you don't get an early start, it gets pretty hot. It's very steep, and we rested in each shady spot because we got a late start and were in summer heat the whole way. Final part is steep and you have to climb to get the top, but it's worth it for the views. Lots of very cool rocks and minerals on the way, it makes the whole trail shimmery! Be very careful in sunny spots. We encountered a rattlesnake and had to wait for it to move off the trail. Check under rocks and don't step over or agitate a snake!

Great trail! Short but amazing views.

This is my favorite hike close to home. My grandkids ages 4 and 7 love it too.

Beautiful, hard enough for me for a workout the last mile. Combo of open fields, and trees. Great views from the top. I wouldn’t bring my older dog.

hiking
1 month ago

The altitude gain was really hard with my asthma, but with plenty of rest stops we made it to the top. The view was worth every single huff, puff, and pant it took to get up, and the trip down is nice and easy.

Beautiful hike! Went first thing in the morning and only passed one person on the west ridge part of the trail. Took the Arthur’s trail back and it was quite crowded.

last stretch was difficult with a dog on the leash but great hike

hiking
2 months ago

I love this hike. It is my go to hike(every birthday) when I am looking for a workout and few people, in the morning.

This trail is lovely and full of wildflowers. If you’re seeking more of a challenge you can venture onward to Timber Trail (just be cautious of mountain bikers). It wasn’t too heavily trafficked, probably depends on the day/time you decide to go. The weather was beautiful — no mud, ice or anything to be on the lookout for. Highly recommended!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this quick trail! My dog and I had a great time. Once you get into the trees, every corner is like looking at a magical path in a fairytale forest. I kept waiting for fairies to pop out. It’s a little late in the season for unicorns, though.

Tip: If you show up and the ranger station is closed, be sure to bring exact change. (1 car is $7)

hiking
2 months ago

Thanks to the person below who suggested bringing a hammock to hang out on top - I did and it was fantastic! Don't get caught up in the AllTrails rating, this hike is really not too difficult aside from a couple hundred feet up to the top. Lory State Park even rates it as moderate. The view from the top is stunning on both sides, and the wildflowers all the way up blew my mind - took timber trail to make a loop headed west and saw spotted coralroot orchids, irises, columbine, and more all along the backside of the hill. Gorgeous, peaceful hike, will definitely have to come back!

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular today! The summit had the most splendid views. I am an average hiker and it was about 1-1.15hr to the top with a few rest stops. The trails are wonderfully maintained and trails are very clearly marked. Dogs on leashes and a couple of families but pretty quiet for a Colorado trail!

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