Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 156 reviews
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Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Full-service, accessible restroom at the parking lot, plus a drinking fountain and pet waste bags.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike for kids but much better in the Spring. We didn’t do the loop, only to the base of the falls for a snack, then to the top of the falls and back down. 2.6 miles round trip. My two boys are not strong hikers. I carried my 5 year old for a bit of the hike back and my 6 year old was moving slow. We saw a lot of wild flowers and a few birds. This time of year (Aug 1) the falls are only a trickle. There is very little shade until you get to the falls so go early.

1 month ago

Great trails! Just not much to see .

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was really crowded and noisy. We hiked from Stout Trail over. I will probably not do this hike again do to the heavy traffic. I anticipated it being crowded but not people yelling and hollering and climbing by the falls without gear. I definitely recommend Stout Trail from Spring trail. Stout has a big ascent but after that it flattens out and gives way to some meadows with wild flowers and humming birds. You get a nice view of Dixon Cove near the summit. Either way, you’re outside enjoying nature so there isn’t really ever a bad hike.

1 month ago

Great for a family! Did this with my kids ages 6-16 and 2 dogs...all loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect sunset hike before bed

1 month ago

Great with my 3 year old. The waterfall was a good place to eat lunch and cool off.

2 months ago

Fun hike with kids! Provides a fun place to refresh in the cool waterfall pool.
Water was flowing nicely when we visited on 6/9/18

2 months ago

great, easy to climb trail. good for families or out of towners. the falls were coming down pretty well today which made it nice. went on a Thursday at 11am and the parking lot was nearly full but the trail wasn't overwhelmingly packed.

2 months ago

Easy trail to hike. Overrated and not as beautiful as I expected from others reviews.

2 months ago

Not just a trickle when we hiked this evening around 6! The weather was perfect, scenery was beautiful and an easy 1 hr there and back home (including some time at the falls).

3 months ago

This is a great family and dog friendly loop hike. There is a good amount of water flow this time of year (Early May) and tons of blossoms.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike and good views... a little steep for kids after the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

Great! A very fun hike for a family. Dog-friendly, beautiful trail! The fall was an actual FULL WATERFALL!!! I would definitely recommend for anyone! :)

hiking
3 months ago

This was my very first “hike” and I loved it. I’m traveling for work and had some time before I had to be in the office. So many pretty views! And some good exercise.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike when you have a couple of hours to kill. Well maintained. Moderate traffic. Very dog friendly. It was fun for my pup and I to get our feet wet once we got to the falls! Definitely go in the spring vs the summer to see the falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Did this trail but included an extra loop up spring creek to Herrington to stout and back to the falls. Which ended up being a great distance to go. The views of the reservoir, Fort Collins and the mountains were incredible. Some snow in certain parts, but not enough to warrant spikes. It was beautiful, not hard and worthwhile. I would love to go back and see the rock.

hiking
7 months ago

It was nice trail and a nice workout but the falls were not that big more like a sprinkle. The Horsetooth Rock was cool to look at tho

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked with my dog during golden hour, saw at least a dozen deer, found the trail well-maintained and challenging. Although the falls aren't much to look at this late in the summer, the scenery and workout are well worth the hike.

11 months ago

When I hiked to the falls in July, it was a mere trickle. My understanding is that it is more impressive in the earlier spring when snowmelt is greater. Very nice hike and pretty views along the way; we saw LOTS of deer. (:

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike with great views. I will be back.

11 months ago

7-7-07 with Himot's. Mostly open or no trees, but there are areas to take breaks with kids/ dogs with shades and rocks to sit on. Depending on find of year you go-- be prepared the water fall could be very light flow.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This hike was difficult when we first moved here, but now that we're used to the elevation, it's not too bad!!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good quick hike. Gorgeous scenery along the way. Waterfall is more of a trickle at the moment; too dry out.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great Trail. Ended up only doing a point to point up to the Falls. 2.4 miles. Challenging elevation changes for a new 60 year old hiker. Will return to and do the loop which consists of clockwise trek on Horsetooth Rock, Soderberg, Spring Creek and Horsetooth Falls trails. (4 miles). That was suggested by a park ranger. Not quite sure where the 3 mile loop is described on this page. Immensely enjoyable hike though.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beautiful trail. Some steeper parts but my 5 year old was able to do it fine. We got to see lots of rabbits, birds, and deer along the way.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Nice early hike. Started at 6am took us 2 hours 3.5 miles. Nice area, not a lot of shade.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Nice views along the whole hike. Went on a Wednesday morning and saw only a few people. Started at 8:30 and was glad to finish earlier in the day - there is limited shade and it's getting hot already! Parking is $6 unless you have a local parks pass.

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

nice trail

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wife and I did this hike with our 2.5 year old and 9 month old on our backs. Very manageable. Temps in the mid to high 40s. Gloomy day but not too chilly. Only used about a half and Oz of water each. Fall was down to a trickle.

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

This trail is very up and down so there is elevation gain on the way there and back. Great beginner hike.

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