Rim Rock Trail

moderate 55 reviews

Rim Rock Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,072 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

A pleasant extension to Coyote Ridge. Go along the top of the ridge then drop down using several switchbacks until you reach a small valley. After you cross the valley, head up a draw that carries you farther into the rolling hogbacks. When you reach the summit you will have a view of Longs Peak.

hiking
no shade
rocky
21 days ago

1-31-20: the trail was damp in a few places but over all pretty dry. As a few have stated; there is a herd of deer that made their home nearby. I spotted 3 bucks and nearly 20 does curiously keeping their eye on me as I ran by.

hiking
21 days ago

This was more like 7.2 miles, but beautiful and worth the trek. It’s a good trail in fall/winter/spring when the temps are mild. Not many trees. I see bucks and does most times I hike.

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muddy
1 month ago

Did this yesterday starve said it was 7.1 miles. took me about 2.5 hours. I walk about 2.8 mph avg. Saw 4 Bucks and 13 does. It was beautiful untill the blustery cold wind started. but still enjoyed myself. A bit of horse poop, lots of trail runners and bicyclist. Be mindful if you have ear buds in.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent trail! Big parking lot, and good up and down for a great hike. I measured 7 miles. Beautiful views from the loop at the end and really the whole way. No mud no ice!

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bugs
5 months ago

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hiking
6 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Lots of open space, no coverage. Clean bathroom a little ways after the trailhead (half mile maybe) ☺️ . One or two rocky spots a trekking pole was nice to have, but doable without. If you sit out on the edge of the loop if you only go about 20 feet off trail, you can see plenty of mountain bikers riding by.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! We got to the trail head (coyote ridge) around 9:15am. Not very crowded. It’s a great way to see a different part of the mountains. There is no shade so make sure to wear sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. It was about 7 miles round trip. We would definitely go again! A little rocky at one point before you finish Coyote Ridge but a smooth trail other than that!

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice add-on to Coyote Ridge to extend your hike and get a little bit of solitude.

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no shade
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Surprisingly interesting and beautiful scenery. Once you get behind the ridge the views completely change. Will definitely hike this again.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice and dry, plenty of sun. Light traffic. Nicer than expected

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bugs
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

This trail was perfect for a sunny spring day, it was surprisingly empty for a Saturday too. Towards the summit where it connects to Blue Sky, it gets very rocky but has some very pleasant views. Not too strenuous, but a good way to spend an afternoon with a friend or two. Very bike friendly. Did NOT enjoy the locusts this time of year however! Also be wary of snakes; they are starting to show themselves.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this hike on a nice sunny March day with a friend. It was a tiny bit muddy in places, gets a little rocky toward the top but, wow, the views. We saw a herd of about 50 dear with a couple of bucks that were duking it out. Didn’t realize we hadn’t finished it by going down into the valley, definitely going back to finish it! Unexpectedly beautiful hike.

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muddy
11 months ago

This is a great trail with some gorgeous views. We did this hike 3 days after a big snow storm and while the trail was fairly clear of snow, we did have several places that were pretty muddy, especially after the part where you descend the stairs all the way around the loop to the connection with the Blue Sky Trail. We spotted roughly 16 mule deer while hiking across the valley. Despite the muddy and slick conditions, it was an enjoyable hike!

hiking
Wed Aug 08 2018

Low intensity hike. The scenery is beautiful, but there is no shade so bring lots of water and sun screen! I saw two rattle snakes while hiking. Also they’re plenty of mountain bikers, so be cautious.

hiking
Wed May 30 2018

70° start, multiple snakes on the trail, low foot traffic...overall a great little hike.

hiking
Sat May 19 2018

Beautiful hike! Not a lot of sun cover so I’d recommend going on a cool overcast day. Views throughout are spectacular and the end of the trail is a great payoff. Would recommend!

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Sun Nov 19 2017

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Sun Aug 27 2017

I liked the valley and the views from the top of the ridge. Look in the northwest direction when in the valley you should be able to see Horsetooth Rock. Half my hike was getting out of the way of mountain bikers and runners so be alert

hiking
Tue Apr 11 2017

Went on 70 degree day and it was the most perfect hike. Really cool views of the foothills and wildlife. We seen a lot of prairie dogs, and mule deers. One mule deer even came out on the trail to say hello, but we didn't get too close to him. Lots of mountain bikers so keep an eye out for them coming up behind you.

Sun Mar 05 2017

Was difficult to understand which was coyote Ridge, and which was rim Rock. Both were very beautiful trails!

hiking
Mon Aug 01 2016

Ok hike. Good view of Loveland and Foco.

Wed Apr 13 2016

Enjoyed this afternoon hike & Colorado's perfect April day. The climb got my heart pumping but the incline had several coasting spots to catch your breath. Beautiful views at the top. About a mile from Coyote trailhead there was a nice outhouse that was much appreciated.

hiking
Sat Feb 02 2013

Definitely the nicest part of the Coyote Ridge trail. I really enjoyed the almost Arizona-like shrubs and rocky outcrops. The crowds from the Coyote Ridge section thinned out by the end of the Rim Rock trail. I'll be returning to complete the Blue Sky trail which begins at the end of the Rim Rock loop.

hiking
Tue Jun 14 2011

A very great way to get outside of town but not too far. If you're interested in checking out the ecology in this arid part of the Front Range foothills I really recommend this. You'll probably see deer, coyotes, rattle snakes, prairie dogs, rabbits, and in the evenings you might see some owls. This is a wonderful trail when you go from Devil's to Rim Rock to Coyote Ridge.

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