Shoreline Trail to Horsetooth Reservoir

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Lory State Park

Shoreline Trail to Horsetooth Reservoir is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 213 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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kid friendly

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At the junction of CR 54G and North Overland Trail in Laporte, go west on CR 54G 1 mile to Rist Canyon Road. Take a left onto Rist Canyon and go 0.9 mile to CR 23. Take a left and go 1.4 miles to Lodgepole Road. Take a right and continue 1.5 miles to the park entrance on the left. From the visitor center, drive 2 miles to the West Valley and Shoreline Trails parking on the left. GPS: N40 34.03' / W105 10.25'

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no shade
13 days ago

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muddy
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2 months ago

Beautiful trail! Ends right at the water. Very easy, but fun trail!

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6 months ago

Snowshoed down to the shore of the reservoir - snow was mostly untouched, perfect shoeing snow! Low-moderate difficultly, enough to make it a good little workout, but never felt insurmountable.

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8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail, great to go when the suns not out too strong because there's not a lot of shade. It is scenic though for such an easy and small hike. This is great to take dogs on too! They even provide doggie bags and trash cans at the front parking lot of the hike. It leads to the water where you can watch people on boats go by.

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10 months ago

Easy hike to the reservoir. Good for kids. Not much a shoreline when you get to the water though.

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10 months ago

Sun May 12 2019

quick out and back while visiting friends

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no shade
Fri Apr 19 2019

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Tue Feb 19 2019

Fri Nov 23 2018

Great hike!

Tue Jul 17 2018

The kids loved this hike, and what a treat to take a dip in the lake! Monday morning and the trail was empty. Saw a deer, lots of coyote scat, and many dragon flies. It’s pretty sunny with little opportunities for shade, so pack the sunscreen and water! The campground by the lake was unfortunately a mess, the previous campers did not do their part in keeping it clean, it’s too bad!

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Fri Jul 13 2018

Nice trail. Tends to be a lot of bikers out on this one and occasionally horses. Pretty easy. Can get off at one point to get over to the lake if you wanted to wade of swim. Great for all levels and ages of hikers

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Thu Jun 15 2017

Great casual hike to the water and back. Several spots with great views.

Sat Mar 25 2017

It was a fine trail for any easy warmup.

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