Explore the most popular birding trails in Charles A Lory State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, lots of different view and little traffic. Will definitely do this again

Had so much fun! Not many people and challenging but not exhausting

Great hike! Went yesterday and its very muddy but still a great hike. Beautiful views from the top.

did this trail with the kids and they all made it. light scrambling towards the end with great views. would deff do this one again.

Went hiking with my two dogs and it was beautiful on top of Arthur’s Rock.

A great little more challenging hike for me who’s just started out. I went on up to Arthur’s rock on this trail.. everything was beautiful, so glad I went! & I only passed a few hikers along the way!

hiking
25 days ago

Nice trail. Half open space, half trees. Not too bad of a climb at the rock. Great views of Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir.

hiking
26 days ago

Didn’t run into many people, just a few runners, bikers, and 2 horses/riders. Quiet, great views. Brought my dogs, will definitely be back!

A great quick workout with amazing views atop Arthur’s rock of Fort Collins, forests, and beyond. A beautiful open valley to start, forest hike detours, and many switch backs lead up to Arthur’s on the final ascent up.

hiking
27 days ago

Best hike near Fort Collins in terms of bang for your buck. The length and gain are perfect for a day hike and will challenge you without beating you down.

hiking
1 month ago

Starting exploring Foco nearby trails. Started at West Valley Trail and from there to Arthur's Rock Trail. I'd say easy to moderate, very busy families with small kids. The view from the top is great.

1 month ago

Good trail with great views of Horsetooth Res and Ft. Collins. Switchbacks were challenging but not overly difficult. Took Arthur’s Rock trail back. Loved the view at the summit of Arthur’s Rock. Go early. The later I gets the more the trail fills up.

on Timber Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Used part of Timber Trail as first leg of nice 4.6 mile loop. Turned left on Kimmons, right on West Valley, quick left onto Wells Gulch which connected to East Valley Trail back to Timber parking lot. Timber Trail section is not steep, but almost every step is uphill... the rest of the hike was easy.

on Howard Trail

hiking
1 month ago

First two miles are the most challenging. Settles after that with a few small sections with some elevation gains. Included Westridge Trail and part of Timber Trail to get a few more miles and a bit more elevation and created a 7.6 mile lollipop loop. Cold, cloudy, and fog at the start, but once above that you get the views the area is known for. Great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Awesome views at the top. I would not say this is difficult, more moderate. We saw lots of kids. No ice up there today!!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail today. No ice and the trail is very well groomed and marked. Went early in the morning. Saw deer and a few other hikers. The view at the top is so amazing. Good cardio workout! Please note that the trailhead is at the end of the gravel road into the park. Also, bring $7 per car. Had to do self-pay as there was no one around.

Easy but beautiful! Not a lot of shade. Can access the reservoir from part of the East trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn't call this hike hard, I would call it moderate. the views at the top are incredible. Burned about 700 calories at an average heart rate of 126. No ice at all, just a little muddy. March 24th.

Did this hike yesterday 3/17 early morning. No ice issues to report. It’s an amazing hike that gets your heart rate up for sure! The view at the top is %100 worth it! It says hard, but I wouldn’t go that far, though there are some steep spots.

Amazing hike on a usual day.
However hiked yesterday 3/4 and the lower portion of the trail (about half mile) is a complete sheet of ice. Very dangerous to hike if you don't have trackers. Saw many people fall hard, a majority turned around before it got too bad. Stay safe spring hikers!

There were some sketchy parts of the trail yesterday, but I was able to make it in running shoes. Totally worth it once you got up to the top.

So much fun! Great views and bouldering.

Amazing views great cardio

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

backpacking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

4 months 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

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