Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail

MODERATE 589 reviews

Horsetooth Falls and Horsetooth Rock Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. My 9 year old son and I did it today. Nice views of foco and to the west.

9 days ago

Awesome hike.

hiking
28 days ago

I went twice because it was so beautiful with snow.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike and great views!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail to get out and walk around. saw some deer on the trail. would definitely recommend.

trail running
1 month ago

Scenic and challenging

hiking
2 months ago

Cool hike to knock out in an afternoon or morning. The trail begins in open foothill country before making its way into some lightly wooded areas. Its a steady but rather easy grade all the way up. There are numerous trail in a network in this are and so there are a few ways to the top it seems. All the trails are well marked and some are indicated for hiking only- no bikes. There's some slight scrambling for about 40 or 50 feet to get to the top of the rock, but it's accessible to most. The top provides great views of the mountains in the distance and what appeared to be Long Peak. The whole trip took about 3 hours.

2 months ago

Beautiful views of Longs Peak from the top. We were able to see Pikes Peak far off in the distance. The falls were nearly dried up at this time of year. I look forward to seeing them in the Spring.

hiking
2 months ago

Was trying to go south ridge and Audra carol but missed the marker to turn off on to that trail. Saw the marker on the way down from Horsetooth Mountain. There is a bit of climbing once you get near Horsetooth. A few bikers on the trail on Sunday. Great views!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning views from the top of Horsetooth Mountain and a wonderful hike. Really enjoyed all 6 hours exploring!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! This is a must-do for anybody living in FoCo. Be aware that it costs $6 per vehicle to park at the trail-head.

3 months ago

Awesome front range views

hiking
3 months ago

Some tough spots. Some easy spots. A good moderate trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike up to the top of the falls, spotting a bobcat along the route. Continued up Spring Creek Trail and banged a left onto Wathan Trail. Liked this route to Horsetooth Rock but for a good stream of mtn bikers coming down it. Courteous riders let us know whether they were solo or with a # of riders. Wish I had a poles for the descent as my shins 'n toes were smarting a bit; my poorly trained dogs pulling me down the trail were part of the issue.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with absolutely phenomenal views of the north range. The 3-Mile hike to the rock has its mildly strenuous parts, but they’re nothing that can’t be tackled with a quick break in between. I’d recommend this to anyone new to the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Seems like trails are too rough for bikes but nice hiking and trail running done. Get there early for parking spot. $6 per vehicle or get an annual pass for $75.

hiking
3 months ago

This is another one of those "must hike" locations whether you're from Ft. Collins, attending CSU, or just have active parents in town for homecoming weekend. A great hike worthy of the views of town and the Eastern Plains from the top of Horsetooth Rock.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike hoped for more fall colors but still beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of options on trails, saw some deer, view from horsetooth mountain was amazing.

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