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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 .

1 day ago

Awesome hike! We wished we would’ve had our yaktraks for the way down, but our trekking poles helped with the ice. Beautiful views and not too busy around 10am on Martin Luther King Day.

no shade
3 days ago

From the Timber Trail parking lot you will start on the West Valley Trail. Today it is extremely muddy. The views are quite nice, but I would definitely only do this in cooler weather. There's no shade at all. The West Valley Trail does link to several other trails that will take you up into the mountains. So there are many options starting from that trail. This Loop was nice and very easy.

This trail is super easy and a great one if you're limited on time. I took my German Shepherd in it today since a lot of other trails were closed due to conditions. It was really MUDDY, FYI. But it was a gorgeous day, easy trek. I parked at Howard Homestead, entered trail there, and came back to the car via main road. Good jaunt for the pup.

Great morning hike before brunch.

Hiked the trail today. Well packed fresh snow, no ice today like previous times. Didn't even get out my yak tracks, no need. Beautiful hike, deer were out wandering about.

Little icy but an enjoyable hike with the family.

29 days ago

Went last night for a sunset hike. Was a great experience. Look out for the ice towards the bottom of the trail. It’s icy for about .6 miles in.

Did this trail on 12/8. Perfect hiking day. Some powdery snow on the trail, but no need for spikes. Great trail close to town.

My father in law and I hiked this trail this afternoon (early-December) and it was a nice 4 mille in-and-out trail with beautiful views of the reservoir at various parts of the hike as well as a gorgeous view at the top. I would rate it as moderate mostly because of the steepness, but it was very doable. The steep parts were made easy by rock steps and no part of the trail was terribly treacherous. About 2/3 of the trail was covered in snow (beginning and end) but it wasn't icy. It took us a little under 2 hours to complete.

1 month ago

Really awesome trail! Did it as a sunrise hike and had a super awesome view! Little icy and snow packed at parts. If it snows anymore, might want to take hiking poles for the way down. Fun scramble at the end to get to the top!

2 months ago

Great trail. Views were never ending! Nothing to difficult. Gorgeous area though and easy to connect to other trails as well.

Always a great quick one or make it a long 4 hour loop! Love the climbing routes throughout. Fun hike!

The incline is never ending! The Mill trail is fantastic and connects to many other great trails. The views are non stop. I took the Well Gultch to Arthur's and that to Mill Creek and Howard, Wanted to hit the Westridge trail but didn't have time due to early sunset :/, I did throw in an Arthur's summit though since I saw the .1 mile sign. The loop including the additional "decent" through the Valley trail to connect back to Well Gultch parking area is 8.0 miles,

2 months ago

this trail starting from Lory is sick. straight up and challenging. about 50% tree cover. better when it is cooler. 8.1 miles total. tough and satisfying. some really good terrain changes.

This is a great trail run. Very steep, so I did a lot of hiking as it got rockier closer to the top. A very easy run down. The only problem I had was being chased by 2 dogs off leash. Their owners quickly got them under control but it was a little frightening. Beautiful views from the top. Perfect weather for a trail run!

Did loop hike starting out at Arthur's Rock trail head going up trail to summit of Arthur's Rock, then coming back by way of Howard Trail and Mill Creek Link. Total distance 4.7 miles. Very scenic with views of Horse Tooth Reservoir and Ft. Collins. Weather was great. I would rate the trail as moderate rather than hard. Top of Arthur's Rock is roomy for people to relax.

Loved this trail. I would not classify it as hard my 4 yr old had no problems. It was a nice trail. Would def do it again

moderately hard with an awesome view!

Great hike! Great view on horsetooth reservoir!

3 months ago

A very misty morning hiked around 9:30 and saw 3 bear cubs.about 3/4 way up to top of trail. This trail is rated hard. The elevation and rocky trail makes it challenging but I wouldn’t say it was hard because you climb a little then it levels out . Definitely would do again on clear day and bring bear spray!

Beautiful hike with great views from the top. Wouldn't personally rate this hike as "hard" or "difficult" but definitely a nice climb...

(Bring Yaktrax if the trail is snow/ice covered)

4 months ago

If you are looking for a challenge this trail is it. Long uphill stretches and very rewarding descent. Great views also. Love this one.

4 months ago

Nice trail if you're in Ft. Collins area. It's pretty nice when you get to the top, with some cool rocks to walk on.

Short and sweet! Couldn’t recommend it more. The views of Horsetooth and Fort Collins are really something. Bring water, it’s a climb!

fun short day hike with amazing views. plenty of shady areas to stop. it ascends quickly. don’t stop short at the top—climb the rock!

Spectacular view, pretty wicked climb on the final accent which was fairly challenging. Well maintained and scenic. Highly recommend

The view is worth the challenging climb! Great workout.

4 months ago

Nice trail for a quick easy hike. Lots of people but if you come early in the morning or later in the evening it is a lot more quite. Also the Timber trail from Well Gulch area and Overlook trail will take you here if you want to add some distance and more challenge to this hike.

4 months ago

8/25- the trail got hot in a hurry and almost all the reviews we read there was shade but we had no idea it was as far in as it was. It was too hot for our dogs, a lot of rocks which got hot. You won’t see shade on this trail until well after 2 miles in. Be prepared. Will do it again when it’s cooler.

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