Timber Trail

EASY 34 reviews
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Timber Trail is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1587 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This 4.2 mile trail ascends from the group picnic area to the ridge behind Arthurs Rock. The trail climbs through meadows and mountain shrub, changing to pine and fir in the upper elevations, where the parks six primitive back-country sites can be found. This trail has some steep switchbacks and rocky scrambles to cross in getting to the top of the Well Gulch drainage

hiking
14 days ago

Not sure why this marked as an easy hike. It is uphill all the way so I’d put it in the range of a moderate hike (it’s ranked as expert for mountain bikers and equestrians). Lots of mountain bikers to dodge and no cover for the majority of the hike. I’m not sure if the fire in 2012 opened this area up or if it’s truly a grassland to shrubland area before the forest? Bring extra water on a hot day, you’ll need it. Great views from the trail and wildflowers made it worth it. The little spur to the waterfall area from the parking lot is a nice area to cool down in. May be a better hike in cooler weather or not on a June weekend.

hiking
19 days ago

I really enjoyed this quick trail! My dog and I had a great time. Once you get into the trees, every corner is like looking at a magical path in a fairytale forest. I kept waiting for fairies to pop out. It’s a little late in the season for unicorns, though.

Tip: If you show up and the ranger station is closed, be sure to bring exact change. (1 car is $7)

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Half open space, half trees. Not too bad of a climb at the rock. Great views of Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir.

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t run into many people, just a few runners, bikers, and 2 horses/riders. Quiet, great views. Brought my dogs, will definitely be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Used part of Timber Trail as first leg of nice 4.6 mile loop. Turned left on Kimmons, right on West Valley, quick left onto Wells Gulch which connected to East Valley Trail back to Timber parking lot. Timber Trail section is not steep, but almost every step is uphill... the rest of the hike was easy.

5 months ago

Great trail, but wouldn’t classify as easy. (Steep switchbacks with loose rocks.) Wonderful views of Horsetooth Resevoir.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

The best trail in the park, the views are amazing!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Very nice and not crowded at all today.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Slick in some of the steeper areas and far too heavily traveled considering a lot of it is a one-track. The views are amazing, though.

hiking
Thursday, February 09, 2017

The views of the reservoir are wonderful. pretty open trail and as long as you're keeping a steady pace, it's not that exhausting.

Monday, January 30, 2017

This is a generally quiet trail, mostly used by mountain bikers. It's easy to access and has great views of Horsetooth Reservoir.

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Lory State Park is lovely, the reason I'm giving this particular trail 3 stars is because the first two miles are very exposed in fields of desert-like grasses. If you do this on a hot day be prepared... Once you get into the trees this is a great little trail. I looped it with kimmons and Howard on the way back and it took me a little over 3 hours (taking my time).

walking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Very rocky. Was hard to find a waterfall.

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Date: 23 April 2016
Price: $7.00 Park Day Pass
Traffic: Moderate to Heavy, Hikers and Bikers
Conditions: Started clear and sunny with dry trail, ended with overcast and scattered sprinkles.

Pros:
It is what I would refer to as a nice leisurely stroll. The scenery is beautiful and there are scattered spots to relax and soak in the gorgeous Colorado scenery.

Cons:
It is busy with bikers and other hikers. That is expected, however the trail at most points can only accommodate I person wide.

Overall, go out, have fun, and enjoy the scenery.

Climb, Adapt, & Overcome,
Savage

hiking
Monday, October 27, 2014

This is a fun trail, lots of changing scenery along the way. You start of with a steady, winding climb for about the first half hour. You will level out before a downward accent to a small bride about 2.5 miles in. You then hit the most challenging part of the hike, a series of about 12 switchbacks gaining elevation on each. After this it's a short hike to the road that takes you to Arthur's Rock. Great views of the reservoir along the first part of the trail. Occasional bikers to deal with, but not bad.

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