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

Length2.9 miElevation gain580 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeFee
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PROTECTIVE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closure due to habitat protection. Users must pay a $9 fee to park and the machine will only accept Visa or Mastercard.

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

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Richard Alfred
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The trail, itself is well maintained and beautiful, BUT it is very poorly marked. Very sparse signage. The trail begins with a sign that marks the Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail, but that is the only sign of this trail. At the Falls, there is NO signage indicating how to continue on the Loop Trail. The signs before arriving at the Falls indicating Top of the Falls and the Spring Creek Trail say nothing about the loop trail, and the map on the brochure handed out at the entry gate to the park is difficult to decipher. For the $9.00 entrance fee, one would expect better signage with distances included.

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Quinn Davis
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Great hike. Not too difficult, and brought my lil dog. No mud, awesome way to start off the day. Was there in the early morning, brought a few layers and warmed up right when I started to walk.

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Jeff Hayes
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Planned on only going to the falls and back, but decided to put in the extra 0.7 mile and do the loop with my kids (4 and 7) because the hike down to the falls was less than spectacular. The rest of the loop was much more wooded (shaded) and the ascents were gradual, making it a really nice (if windy) hike.

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Sean Jenkins
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Half of the trail I planned out was closed. Everything else was gorgeous. Lots of people though.

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David Grinnell
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Ryan Ockwig
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Soner Terek
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Oyvind Haehre
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Erin Prendergast
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HikingFee

Breathtaking views along the entire trail! It was snowy today, so we brought microspikes just in case but we were fine without them.

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jamie nicole
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THEY’RE CLOSED DUE TO MUD

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Alexander Karis
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Hiking

Great trail. Nice mix of wooded areas but not a whole lot of shade. Made for a beautiful sunny hike after the few days of subzero temps. Paved roads all the way to the trailhead. Decent cell service on the trail. My dog and I had a blast and will try and make it back to see the falls once they thaw.

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Gail Haygood
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Ajay Rao
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Gorgeous day to get out there. Had the trail to ourselves most of the part and saw few people in the parking lot on way back. Gradual incline all the way to horsetooth rock. Frozen falls ia worth the extra miles.

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Matt Lynch
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Cecelia Gulley
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Great trail! Beautiful views.

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Marcus Davis
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Carla Lucas
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Andrew Smith
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G B Lemmon
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It was quite icy today, but a lovely walk.

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Cheyanne Izon
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It was a little bit icy in places but nothing to be extremely worried about. The top was super windy which was to be expected for today. A great hike! Spring creek trail is currently closed because of nesting birds.

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Christy Vance
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West part of loop pretty dry, ice patches on the east side. Parking lot full, not a lot of hikers on this loop though.

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Marcus Davis
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1/2/21 nice day out. lots of people doing the falls trail and rock trail. saw some wildlife

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Zac Streeter
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important: part of the loop is closed due to birds of prey nesting in a certain area, so I would follow the loop in my recording if you wanted to combine the falls and the mountain. the falls had a little bit of water still and some pretty cool icicles. insane views of longs peak if you can make it to the top of the rock, though it isn't too hard (just a class 2 scramble, the ice makes it a bit hard.) highly recommend spikes!!

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Chris Kline
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Very busy trail at 2pm. Had to wait for parking. Lots of mud and snow but you don’t need trekking poles or micro spikes really. Only icy in a few spots. Very pretty.

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Emily Torbert
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Great views but always busy. Nothing too special.

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Beth Richard
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josh reynolds
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Christy Vance
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Parking lot 50%, fees or pass required, half the people in masks, mostly geriatric hikers, everyone polite & moved for passing. Slight ice areas -10%

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