Horsetooth Mountain Trail is a 8.9 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.9 miElevation gain1,998 ftRoute typeLoop
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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. Prior to European settlers, this was the land of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe.

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Jason L.
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HikingFeeIcyMuddy

Any part of the trail that spends most of the day in the shade is pretty icy. Also the Spring Creek Trail in the western part of the loop is closed. Not very many people at all on a semi-holiday.

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Abigail Robinson
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Loves the trail great views & lots of side trails to go on!

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Paul Harding
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fantastic winter hike

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Rene Hei
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Mike Canright
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Great ride a little bland but great views

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Jigna Patel
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HikingGreat!

It Not much shade In most areas so definitely need water and sunscreen/hats in the summer. Beautiful views and wildflowers. Easy- Moderate varying trails. Plenty of parking and free access.

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Sam Mausser
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Cassidy Hermanowski
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This was an incredible hike - definitely a challenge at some points. Not much shade so bring sunscreen, a hat, and a good attitude!

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Claude Paquin
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trail does not include horsetooth rock. I added it to my itinerary and ended up with 10.3 miles and 2400 feet of elevation gain. a good part of the trail is on service road.

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rubi lara
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Beautiful hike. Not too many people out on the trail and awesome view on top. Ran into a few bikers so be cautious.

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Caroline Bell
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Absolutely beautiful. I’ve hiked almost every trail at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space and this one is nice. I never stick to the planned route and end up hiking way more because I just love the views!

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Brendan Syfert
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HikingNo shadeScramble

4/29 Absolutely beautiful day for a hike! I decided to add the peak of Horsetooth Mountain to this route, which made it about 10.5 miles total. I would rate this as on the harder side of moderate if you add Horsetooth peak, which was the highlight of the hike.

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Derrick Ellis
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HikingMuddy

Just a little bit of snow. Good climbs at the beginning. Easy trail to follow. Better views on the 2nd half of the hike as you’re higher up and along the sides of the ridge. Long hike but well worth it for the exercise

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Miranda Becker
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Definitely tough, uphill for about the first 3.5 to 4 miles. Good hike! Only thing was trail was closed about halfway through so had to take another one.

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Travis Rooks
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I went towers to HT Rock over to HT falls across the west ridge back to Towers. Nice, beautiful and a little busy when I finished at 10a on a Sunday in March.

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beth hendrickson
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HikingFeeIcyMuddySnow

Great trail. Lot of trails to branch off of since spring trail still closed for nesting birds. We will be back

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Jenny McAuliffe
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Beautiful trail! $9 to park, bathrooms are open in winter. Trail was mostly packed snow with some areas of mud. Spikes helped! Nice views of the water the whole time

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Christian Stafford
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Jordan Bancroft
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Steep incline at the beginning, micro spikes came in handy for some sections, but in general it was pretty muddy. After you get over the first slope the trail is well maintained. Was unable to finish the trail as shown due to nesting bird prey closing. Overall well worth it due to the beautiful scenery and being close to town.

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Andrew Parsons
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