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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 .

One of my favorite hikes to do when I need a good workout but don't want to travel too far out of town. I usually start at Well Gulch trail and work my way to Timber trail, head up the mountain and head to Arthurs Rock. Then I loop around the back side of the park on Howard Trail and Westridge Trail which end up connecting me back to Timber Trail and I head back down the mountain. In total I end up with around 9 miles and 1900ft elevation gain. The Well Gulch portion of this hike is easy, lots of shade and beautiful spring and summer wildflowers. If you are coming winter to early spring traction devices are recommended. This is a wet area with lots of shade and LOTS of ice.

Pretty icy right now - be sure to bring the yak trax!

Amazing views great cardio

Very icy for the first half of the trail, spikes highly recommended.

6 days ago

This was the perfect trail to introduce my fiancee to backpacking. It is close to home just in case we needed to turn around and just past Arthur's Rock is a great campsite you can book that overlooks Ft. Collins.

Beautiful and extremely icy in several stretches yesterday. Poles &/or microspikes would have been helpful, but going on hands & knees worked fine. (The stretches were generally

Beautiful trail and it connects to other trails in Lory

Amazing hike! First .25 mi is packed snow. Next .5 mi is slightly icy/muddy (nothing crazy, made it in running shoes) then clear to the top.

1 month ago

Great trails and beautiful views at the top! Short distance but elevation changes make it harder.

1 month ago

Great trail, but wouldn’t classify as easy. (Steep switchbacks with loose rocks.) Wonderful views of Horsetooth Resevoir.

This is one of my favorite trails in this area. I expected some snow this time of year but there really was not too much. Some mud. The trail closest to the trailhead was a bit icy though. Be careful! Especially when coming back down.

Great hike and a place to really sit and think

1 month ago

I would not rate this hike has Hard. It's challenging sure but not has hard (length way nor incline wise) as Horsetooth Rock. Pretty views, moderately busy foot traffic, and easy to accomplish in an afternoon

Beautiful, definitely a push but so worth it!

Perfect for a quick hike. View is a great pay off.

Great for our small pup

2 months ago

Would rate as moderate not hard..... I did the hike in about 4 hrs with plenty of time to chill and take in the full sunset at the top before coming down and making it out of the park 6pm (when the gate closes).....

Will be doing this one again and again until I'm in better shape.

2 months ago

Went with three peers, my mom, and three big dogs. We all made it to the top! Felt more like a moderate trail to me personally, but the last stretch to the summit was the steepest. Nice workout and nice views!

perfect length and level for my 4 and 6 yr old kids. There are rocky areas to maneuver over, but it made the trail fun.

Worth the Short hike to the top for the view over Fort Collins.

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