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 heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fort Collins, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.9 miElevation gain1,391 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyScrambleSnow
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Mitchell Zombek
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Rock climbing

Good trail with some crunchy ice cover.

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Patrick Carey
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Riley Kraus
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Hiking

Nice brisk morning. Ice/Snow coverage on 90/95% of trail. Crampons optional, as long as you have good treads you’ll be fine. Great views!!

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Flint Grossett
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Hiking

A little slippery with ice on the trail and sections of spring creek were closed to protect wildlife. Otherwise beautiful.

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Michael Stanley
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Keely Heinrich
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HikingIcy

Love this trail any time of year. Icy on the north facing sides. Second group in front of me spotted a mountain lion on the ridge before the summit so me and the pup turned around this time.

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Hannah Mae Swanson
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HikingFeeIcySnow

Very foggy conditions.

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Andy Ellis
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Hiking

Pretty low volume of people on a snowy day. Not much visibility but scenic all the same. Microspikes/yak Trax ideal.

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Emilija Miškinytė
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Hiking

absolutely gorgeous!!! i met a couple that was nice enough to watch my lab while i climbed up the rock. it’s not really doable w/ a big dog. but the rest is gorgeous

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Jason Young
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Paul Robinson
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HikingGreat!

Great hike! More on the moderate side to us but a good climb to be sure. Beautiful views of Horsetooth, Fort Collins and of course the mountains to the west. Skies were clear and pikes peak was easily visible. Awesome hike just out of town.

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Matthew Pellegrino
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Excellent hike! We wandered around a little more than normal because there were great views in every direction. The scramble to the summit is really fun with some decent exposure. I brought my medium size dog and she had no problem getting to the top. Spikes could be helpful in spots but definitely not needed. The only con is barely anyone wears masks, you can tell the difference in the people just from a short drive away from Denver, definitely a lot of dummies. The trail is big enough to avoid them for the most part though.

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Isaiah Smith
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Will Kuipers
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Hiking

Super nice views and quick ride out from Loveland. Really well maintained trials and fun to climb the very top.

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Cody Forst
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HikingSnow

not as difficult as I expected. was plenty of snow today but still doable without anything sort of traction supplementation.

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Adam Bernstein
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Hiking

good trail. there's ample parking at the trailhead, but it costs $9 to park. the trail is well marked and maintained all the way through. To me, it felt more moderate than hard. the incline isn't too bad and terrain is mostly packed dirt. there were a lot of icy patches near the top, so I would recommend microspikes. the final scramble to the top is fun too.

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Nathan Hagar
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josh penn
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Jacob Paulus
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Stone Olson
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Martin Maple
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James Adams
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