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Overlook Trail via Foothills Trail

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Maxwell Natural Area

Overlook Trail via Foothills Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 593 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

running

partially paved

views

wild flowers

muddy

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no shade
1 month ago

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Very pretty trail in the foothills with a great view of Horsetooth and Ft. Collins from the top. Pretty easy, lots of mountain bikes.

hiking
1 month ago

3/27 friday. arrived around 3 pm. parking lot only half full. trail dry. remember to keep 6 foot distance rule when passing people nice day for a hike

Such a fantastic trail. Short, nice elevation, easy, rewarding lake view, dog friendly!!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

This is a great trail right on the edge of town. Lots of people out today due to the amazing weather. Very dog friendly path. The only downside, mountain bikers and trail runners not using proper trail etiquette ie: on your left, on your right.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail! Muddy in spots but overall enjoyable. Would do again

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

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icy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

A terrific Foothills hike. Lookout views are work the journey. l encourage anyone to engage this fun little hike. Cheers!

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icy
muddy
4 months ago

01/13/20 monday arrived around 1130. lots of space in parking lot. trail is around halfway dry. the rest is a mix of muddy or icy/snow packed.

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icy
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good easy trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 months ago

good, easy trail. A few spots that were rockier and could be a little more challenging for new hikers but nothing too crazy. Scenic overlook at the top was gorgeous.

hiking
7 months ago

Starting with the Maxwell Natural Area Foothills trail and tying into other nearby trails provided a wonderful hike for my dog and me. We crossed the road to the west and hiked along a narrow ridge trail that provided a beautiful view of the Horsetooth Reservoir to the west and Fort Collins and beyond to the east. It eventually came back down to the road and we crossed and headed back along the remainder of the Maxwell Natural Area Foothills trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Busy trail on a Sunday morning. This trail, Timber Trail, is located south of the Maxwell Trail and travails around Dixon Reservoir in a timbered area to the west and through a busy prairie dog town to the east.

mountain biking
rocky
7 months ago

Awesome possum

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bugs
no shade
8 months ago

This open plain trail just below Horsetooth Reservoir is great for when it's not hot out. Easy walking trail and well maintained, not overgrown like some I've done recently. A lot of bikers out today. Beautiful views, great vegetation, and tons of prairie dogs, which my dog loved to watch!

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bugs
no shade
9 months ago

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

very basic trail. basic view of Fort Collins from top and also a view of Horsetooth Reservoir. dry landscape and multiple bikers. would not do again. if you want to just get some exercise, then this is a close and quick trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I'm from Michigan so the trail was cool for my wife and I. Pretty easy and got to see prairie dogs for the first time.

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