Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews

Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail is a 3 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
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
521 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
42 minutes 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
26 days 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
4 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.

4 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
4 months ago

Nice hike with great views. I will be back.

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

nice trail

9 months ago

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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

The falls are tiny, but the hike itself is pleasant. Did this when the trail was pretty icy in December and definitely could have use some of those yaktrax, but in a less icy time of year it would be quite an easy/pleasant hike out and back!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

This is a great trail except for all of the dog poop along the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I hiked this trail several years ago in summer and enjoyed the dry heat of Colorado opposed to the humidity in New England. The hike offered lovely views, a manageable terrain and a cool waterfall. We were with friends and young kids so this is a definitely a family-friendly trek.

5 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.

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