Reservoir Ridge Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews

Reservoir Ridge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

lake

river

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

There are about 5 miles of soft surface trail. Reservoir Ridge is the northern end of the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers show you the way. Biking on the Foothills Trail is for the experienced cyclist. Visitors to this foothills natural area enjoy its rugged trails, access to the 8.2 mile Foothills Trail, wildlife viewing opportunities and a feeling of remoteness- all close to Fort Collins. Youll see dramatic rock outcroppings, grasslands, mountain mahogany shrubs and a few ponderosa pines. Views of the city, the foothills and Horsetooth Reservoir are great from the trails!

hiking
6 days ago

Solid on the low moderate end. Unfortunately, technology and my intent to track the trek with the app was basic straight line a-b, not flowing with the trail and distance as I'd hoped.

hiking
7 days ago

On the easier end of moderate. Nice, low-key hike with good views of Fort Collins and Horse Tooth Reservoir. Saw lots of deer as well!

walking
20 days ago

This trail is good for an out and back (basically) quickie if you don’t have the time to go to Lory or Horsetooth Mountain Park. No shade on most of the trail so it’s hot in the summer.

21 days ago

Easy for flatlanders as very gradual increase in altitude. Great for dog. Not crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hiking ... moderate climb with beautiful views. Dogs loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

Took the dogs out and did about 8 miles. Really easy trail, but no shade or water. We did a key shape loop on the foothills trail, but there are other trails that intersect with it so keep an eye on your map and trail markers. We saw a few deer hanging out on the back side too. Overall, very nice trail and we'll definitely be going back again.

trail running
5 months ago

Awesome...

hiking
6 months ago

I hike this trail at least once a week. Very rocky, but a nice elevation gain. I've seen deer the past 4 times I have gone.

hiking
8 months ago

Parts of this trail are ROCKY! I felt like I was staring at my feet a lot of the time. There were a lot of deer, so it was fun to watch them when I wasn't watching my feet.

hiking
8 months ago

An enjoyable, easy hike. Some parts of the trail were closed, but regardless, a nice day outing.

hiking
10 months ago

Niced scenic trail in February & easy to access. The trails west of Horsetooth were closed. Some fairly steep areas for beginners but doable. Overall enjoyable.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kind of a boring little hike. Very narrow and busy.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

This was a fairly easy and mostly level hike. There were small sections of it that had lots of small rocks and moved under foot. Other than that a good hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Saw quite a few people on the farm access road leading to main trail; kind of petered out after that. Great views of Horsetooth and the eastward sprawl from the top with easy access to continue on the foothills trail.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

Great little hike but don't let the photos deceive you! There is no access to water (only one little wetland stream towards the beginning). This hike overlooks the resevoir but does not touch water. Very flat to start (first mile and a half) until you reach the foothills. Steady incline with a couple of flat areas. The great views are seen on the other side of the ridge starting by the interpretive signs. Some shady spots but very sparse. There is also a very scenic part of the ridge in the middle of the loop where some of that sandstone sticks out of the ridge. Little less than 5 miles took me 3 hours with plenty of stops in between.

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Large section at the start of the trail is flat and goes through the meadows with much of the same view. The loops section was pretty rocky so we unfortunately had to watch our step more than the view, but overall a pleasant hike for being so close to town. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to do this hike again though.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Moderately easy hike. Long flat stretch going in and coming back to the parking lot. The foothills were nice though, nice terrain change and outlooks on the far side of the loop. I'd go again for a not-too-challenging hike.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hard trail for mountain biking. Lots of rocks not for beginners. Cool views though!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

absolutely stunning at sunset

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Easy trail for a long or short hike. The trail is pretty narrow with lots of different traffic including runners, bikers, and other hikers. Very dog friendly! Great views of Fort Collins.

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