Coyote Ridge Trail

EASY 165 reviews

Coyote Ridge Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Loved the hike with my family, 3 generations hiked together and we are all at different skill levels! It is amazing for family and anyone who wants to enjoy a simpler hike!

10 days ago

This is a great hike! Last time I tried to do this trail it was way way too muddy about halfway up. But today it was perfect! I went around noon and was out for a couple hours, my tracker said 4.5 miles by the time I got back to the car. Make sure to wear sunscreen as there is no tree cover and bring lots of water. It was about 90 degrees today and sunny but I still enjoyed the hike! Pretty easy hike with lots of flat areas and a few hogbacks. Great 360 view at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful 360 degree views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views. If you enjoy grasslands and hogbacks you’ll enjoy it. I usually like trails with some tree cover, so I went on a cool cloudy day and it was perfect! A few mountain bikers and hikers. Everyone was refreshingly friendly!

walking
2 months ago

My husband and I loved it. It was a very easy hike with beautiful views the entire way. It took us about 2 hours round trip. We will definitely do it again!

3 months ago

Nice, easy hike with beautiful views! Once you’re at the top of the ridge, on one side are the beautiful mountains and the other side has the city. Took us about 2 hours round trip and I would totally recommend it to anyone looking for an easy challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

I carried my 3 year old in the pack and it was totally doable! The trail was smooth for the most part, wide, and easy to access. I am by no means a hiker or in great shape and this was a perfect start for a beginner like me. Next time I will also bring my 5 year old who would easily be able to walk this trail!

trail running
4 months ago

Very pretty trail with great views of the hog backs of the foothills. Really muddy in parts due to yesterday’s light snow.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this trail a couple of days ago & has a beautiful view at the top!

hiking
7 months ago

I love this spot :) This a beautiful fall hike with lots of color and a wide open peaceful feeling.

8 months ago

A good solid three star. Nothing too excited to see but it is quick hike close to town.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike close to town. Good for trail running or just a nice easy hike.

hiking
9 months ago

You can view some prairie dogs, rocks, and grass along the trip. The view of Loveland is solid, and once you get to the top there's a good view of the Rockies. We were able to see some damage from the fire which was interesting as well.

All in all, I prefer to hike through wooded areas with more foliage and will look for other trails. There was some small consistent incline, so if I lived closer I would probably go back occasionally to do a nice quick work out walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Go early ! There really isn't any shade and it gets hot ! But it's a good, nice hike to do! Family friendly ! Watch out for bikes

hiking
9 months ago

This would be a cool place to watch the sunrise, with no trees you can see forever. The view at the top was cool. Pay attention, there are a lot of mountain bikers and runners.

9 months ago

About 7 miles round trip if you continue onto rim rock. Not much shade so it's a good one for a cloudy day. Birds and prairie dogs. Good option if you want to stay local.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful, stark landscape dotted periodically with trees. Lots of wildlife in the vicinity. Awesome veiw from the top- an excellent choice for sunrise hikes!

trail running
10 months ago

Rocky in a lot of places. Ankle breaker trail. Nice once you get to the top. I would run it again/

hiking
10 months ago

Took this trail in May. Saw my first rattlesnake which was pretty cool. Rocky and warm.

trail running
11 months ago

I run out here often. it can get pretty hot as there is very little shade so start early. Starting early will help decrease snake encounters as well. I would consider the trail moderate in difficulty. You get some good hill work and running back downhill can be a little tricky as it is VERY rocky. The views are great though and you can hop onto Blue Sky Trail very easily to extend your route. Lots of mountain bikers so always leave one headphone out if you're wearing them!

11 months ago

Actually 5 miles out and back. Very nice and easy trail.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The first mile is not impressive. Absolutely no shade, so load up on SPF. The wildlife makes it bearable.

The second mile is several steep switch backs leading up to the peak.

An impressive view of the foothills. Stick it out for the top.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Very nice, easy trail. Saw about 12 deer at the top of the ridge. They let you get real close so I'm guessing this trail can get pretty busy. The views at the top are very nice and you can see blue sky all around you, which is a sight I'm not used to. Makes you feel small, but in the good kind of way, haha.

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

it was a easier than I remember it being when I helped dig a lot of it years ago.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nice easy hike. Did it within two hours, and the views are nice!

Friday, May 19, 2017

it is ok to hike. it just a long walk from parking lot to get to the mountains to even start hiking. then it is all uphill.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fast and easy to get to. Didn't see any snakes at that time of year. Good workout. Nice views.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Great for families!!! The view at the top is amazing!! Only saw one snake, and we think it was a bull snake! There is a bathroom about a mile in which was perfect for my littles since there wasn't one in the parking lot! Will go again for sure!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Nope. Too many rattlesnake encounters. Never again!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nice trail!

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