South Ridge and Horsetooth Rock to Horsetooth Mountain

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South Ridge and Horsetooth Rock to Horsetooth Mountain is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,391 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wildlife

snow

The trail had a mostly snow and ice with a few patches of mud. Would definitely recommend micro-spikes it made it so much easier! Very pretty view, especially if you decide to climb horsetooth rock. There is a $9 fee to park.

hiking
fee
icy
snow
14 days ago

hiking
icy
no shade
scramble
1 month ago

Little icy but had a good time

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Got there at 8am on a Sat and had plenty of parking. $9 pass. Def bring your spikes - it’s icy for the last mile. My pup made it up ok, but it’s slick so be careful! Prob about 3hr RT.

Gorgeous trail only 20 minutes from town. Perfect getaway for a few hours.

A few icy spots but not so bad you can’t maneuver around. Got here at 830 and finished at 11. Saw just a few people on the way up and many more on the way down.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

Fun scramble at the top. A small test of bravery.

A warm fall day before storm. Made it to top of rock with Rachal and Bella!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! Audra culver is beautiful and there’s way less people than Horsetooth Rock trail. Challenging but rewarding for best views in the city!

Amazing hike as always. I forgot how much of a workout this one can be

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great views at the top and potential to see deer and rattle snakes (I’ve seen both). Can get pretty hot so lots of water and maybe a change of shirt if you sweat a lot is good.

Moderate difficulty trail most of the way. Beautiful views and lots of wildlife. Would love to hike again!

No shade at all first mile or mile and half up. Go early! I added in Audra Culver trail based on park ranger recommendation. Lovely trail and more shaded.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike, definitely recommend starting early in the day to avoid the heat. VERY WINDY up top!

hiking
6 months ago

I would recommend this trail. It took us about 3 hours with lots of photo taking and visiting with others on the trail. I would consider the trail moderate.

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