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Arthur's Rock to Howard Trail Loop

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Lory State Park

Arthur's Rock to Howard Trail Loop is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,233 ft Route type Loop

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Abbey Mann
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I love this loop! It’s my second time doing it. I took Howard Trail up to Arthur’s Summit and then came down Arthur’s. Gorgeous hike. Start early! It gets warm fast this time of year. Also, if you start early you can avoid some of the crowd from Arthur’s. Highly recommend!

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Leif Liland
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Hiked on an early Monday morning. Only a few cars at the trailhead. I went up Arthur's Rock Trail and then came down Howard Trail and Miller Creek Link. Views were decent due to some fog that hadn't yet lifted. I can see the potential for a nice view on a clear day. Enjoyed coming down Howard Trail as it was quiet. Bring plenty of water and sun protection as there's not much shade.

Karly Murphy
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Hiking

Really nice trail! Howard was quiet and well maintained!

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Becky S.
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My friend and I arrived around noon on a Saturday morning. There was plenty of parking available. We went up Arthur's Rock Trail and then came down Howard Trail and Miller Creek Link. There were several groups coming down and it seems like the bigger the group the less likely it was that folks were wearing masks. This trail definitely does not allow for six feet between hikers so those that are really sensitive about masks should probably go both up and down via the Howard Trail. We did not come across any other hikers on the way down Howard. As mentioned on several other reviews, the views at the top of Arthur's is very nice. Personally, I would not classify this as a "hard" hike. In comparison, the out and back First and Second Flatiron hike in Boulder is classified as moderate and that hike is much harder although it is shorter. Tips: There are pit toilets in every parking lot at Lory State Park and they are surprisingly clean and stench free. I advise to stop and use the toilet at one of the smaller parking lots as those toilets are less used. There is no fresh water at the park so plan accordingly for both you and your dog.

courtney lanning
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Hiking

hiked 7/21/20 - my favorite hiking spot to date! some parts were rocky, some smooth, some with a heavy incline. bring a lot of water! the view was definitely worth it. good hike and a good workout.

Janelle Rezabek
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I’d advise getting there early. I started at 6:30am on a Thurs. Trail was quiet going up but quite a bit more crowded going down. Doable for dogs if they can handle a scramble at the end. Bring LOTS of water - between my dog and I, we drank about 60 ounces (I could have used more but the dog drinks first!).

Jason L.
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Arrived at 9:30 on July 3, which is a holiday for a lot of people. The primary parking had one spot available, and the overflow lot was about 50% full. A pass is required to park. On the hike up, we took the north trail and passed about five dozen people either ascending or descending. On the way down, we took the south trail and passed five people. The north trail is shorter and therefore more vertical, but it was nice to get away from the crowd for the last half. The only part that makes this trail “hard” is the last 100 feet, which is a steep, but very manageable climb. Other than that, there’s nothing particularly challenging about it... which isn’t meant to take away from what a fun hike it was. There is a restroom at the trailhead along with a dog-waste dispenser. There is no water of any of any kind on the hike so definitely bring some for your dog; mine went through about 24oz. We got back to the lot at 11:30 and they were both at 50% capacity so apparently there’s a morning rush to beat the heat, but it doesn’t beat the crowd... at least not on a holiday.

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Dana Raber
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Hiking

Really awesome hike! Great views throughout the trail of horsetooth. Steady include. Totally worth doing the loop. Howard trail allows bikes so be on the lookout. Not a lot of water for dogs right now

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stacey jones
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Hiking

Made it a loop by taking the Howard to the Arthur trail. Totaled just under 6 miles. Got started at 830 and parking lot was fairly busy but not too bad, but when we were coming back down there were TONS of people.

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Leah Rachael
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Did this hike yesterday. Mildly trafficked but still room at the top for everyone. Such a beautiful view! We went up the Arthur's Rock trail and down the Howard loop side. There were snakes in the grass area but not near the actual trail.

Joe Fleming
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Hiking

$9.00 fee, restroom open. Very fun hike up to Arthur's Rock, then return via the Howard Trail. Wonderful views from the Rock, and as well on the Howard trail. You get some good elevation for your heart, but nothing you can't handle.

Megan Daiger
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Went at 3pm and only saw a few other people, so social distancing wasn’t too difficult. Coming down Howard Trail was a bit rough on the knees but not too bad.

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Switched between muddy, icy, slushy and snowy. Did it in hiking boots without additional traction but a couple spots coming down would have been nice to have it.

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Mandy Garza
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Anne Henry
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Justin Ross
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would recommend spikes

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Eric Butler
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Howard trail is less icy than the Arthur's Rock trail, which I'd want spikes on.

Courtney Tyrrell
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Logan Scott
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Katarina Takahashi
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Interesting views looking out to the reservoir and a lovely forest. Definitely need microspikes for about half of the loop.

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