Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail

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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 bird watching 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

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

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

hiking
snow
12 days ago

Hiked on 2/9. Some fresh snow, but mostly packed, snowshoes not needed, I wore micro spikes. I planned to hike Soderberg, W, to horsetooth rock, but spring creek was closed at merger with Soderberg due to nesting. Nice very quiet hike as it was a cold snowy day

hiking
snow
16 days ago

Great moderate hike up to the falls. Frozen over but still very enjoyable! Great hike for visitors new to elevation.

hiking
muddy
28 days ago

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

Trail was beautiful and was a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the towns surrounding horsetooth. Definitely some icy spots so you've got to watch your footing. If you go on a weekday, there are very few people and we only saw about five throughout the whole hike. There is a fee of 9 dollars a day but it was worth it. We also saw lots of birds and several herds of mule deer roaming around.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

This hike was cool, but a little underwhelming for me (WA state resident). The falls were nothing but a trickle, understandably so, unless you tresspassed up above. It was pretty icy on my way in (10amish) and pretty muddy on my way out (noonish). It is posted that Spring Creek Trail is closed, so I just hiked into the falls and back out.

Per traditiion

Great trail! But currently spring creek trail is closed for bird restoration !

recorded Horsetooth Falls Loop Trail

hiking
icy
1 month ago

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
3 months ago

still good weather!!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Hiked on a Sunday. Starts out open & easy from parking lot then narrows with lots of steps from rocks & roots and beautiful trails weaving thru forests and rock bluffs. Lots of inclines & switchbacks. A few neat view opportunities of reservoir & FTC. Parking lot can fill up by 10. Mix of foot only & open trails, which means you’ll need to watch out for my bikers flying down the trails sometimes. But still great hike & only 30 mins from Loveland.

running
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail. The views are spectacular and even though it was busy the trail is wide enough that I was never rushed by other hikers. Not alot of trees, so go on an overcast day or pack some sunblock. I also took my two young boys and the trail was not overly difficult. I wouldn’t reccomend for anyone youger than 2. Great hike and can’t wait to go back.

hiking
4 months ago

fun hike, no shade, hot for our dog, can be busy, nice views, restroom at start, $9.00 fee, $20.00 fine if you don't pay, we bought 12 month pass for $90.00. $65.00 age 65. actual loop trail involves 3-4 different trail names, so take a map with you.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike done at about noon on a Tuesday. Quite a few people and dogs near start and end but we were on our own near the falls area. Falls were non existent- dried up. But still a beautiful hike.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

The falls were dried up, but it still was a super hike with the dog. Beautiful views and saw some wildlife.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice cloudy afternoon made for a pleasant hike. Views of the reservoir and city, plus plenty of deer, were the visual highlights. The falls were just a trickle. If you go on the bottom and top of the falls spurs, you end up closer to 4 miles total.

hiking
6 months ago

great views... easy walking

hiking
7 months ago

Such a lovely day! Fairly easy hike with wonderful views and lots of birds and flowers.

hiking
7 months ago

I love the climb and views at the top are beautiful, but this hike is always incredibly overrun with people. If you want any moment of serenity in this beautiful place, plan for an early morning weekday hike. The waterfall can be a bit anticlimactic if you’re visiting during a dry spell.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike, sun and shaded areas, cool down at the falls.

hiking
7 months ago

this trail has some great views! some moderate hills, but it's a great climb!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

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