Horsetooth Mountain Trail

MODERATE 57 reviews

Horsetooth Mountain Trail is a 9.2 mile lightly 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1827 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This addition to Horsetooth Mountain Park can be found just northwest of Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir, nestled against the eastern slope of Horsetooth Mountain. This is the former home of one of Larimer County's pioneer families. It provides a unique opportunity to illustrate a working ranch la

1 month ago

good work out trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of trails to checkout. Great views of the lake and Ft Collins. My trek was a little over 10 miles and lasted about 4 1/2 hours. I seen deer, turkey, rain, hail and lightning. Overall good hike and not a ton or people.

5 months ago

Great place to start hiking for the season.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Little to no traffic except all the deer!

hiking
6 months ago

Started around 9am. Spent about five hours here on a Sunday in June. Went at least two hours without seeing another person. Great views!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. Unfortunately, part of Spring Creek Trail is closed so we had to make a small detour.

hiking
9 months ago

always have seen those towers from town my whole life. now I've seen them up close

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Hiked the Horsetooth Rock trail. Relatively easy trail. Saw families, dogs, etc. the last portion of the trail up to the peak of the rock did involve some steeper climbing up rocky faces. Lots of options to extend or shorten the hike along the way.

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

I did horsetooth falls, it was really scenic and grand.

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Nice, well marked trail. Bring water for your dog as well as self, none along trail except at Livestock water.

horseback riding
Monday, September 12, 2016

my new fav!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

great place to hike with lots of different trail options. we took a left on towers to nomad and took nomad to shoreline. nice easy 4mileish hike. watch out for bikers they are fast and don't warn you when they come up from behind.

hiking
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

This trail is a wonderful alternative to the always-crowded Horsetooth Mountain Trail. Been here close to 50 times, and it's become a favorite for both me and my pup.

Despite the bland/arduous first mile (flat, open space followed by a steep incline if you go left) there is really a lot of beautiful terrain covered here. Make sure to grab a map at the trail head, as some of the routes can be a bit confusing once you head off of Towers. Lots of great options and ways to mix it up here... hikes can be anywhere from 1-5 hours.

Our favorite route (approx. 6 miles/ 2:30)-
Swan Johnson -
L onto Towers-
R onto Stout-
L onto Sawmill-
L onto Carey Springs- (begin descent)
L onto Towers-
L onto Swan Johnson.

Beautiful trails without the crowds! If you're looking for some great open space on a trail of moderate difficulty, give it a shot.

trail running
Saturday, May 03, 2014

Great alternative to the crowds and mayhem you typically find at the main trail head parking at Horsetooth Mnt Park. Starting from Soderberg Open Space trail head you can also access Lory State Park's trail system more easily.

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