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Always a great quick one or make it a long 4 hour loop! Love the climbing routes throughout. Fun hike!

This is a great trail run. Very steep, so I did a lot of hiking as it got rockier closer to the top. A very easy run down. The only problem I had was being chased by 2 dogs off leash. Their owners quickly got them under control but it was a little frightening. Beautiful views from the top. Perfect weather for a trail run!

Nothing fancy, I kept thinking "Wow! I bet this area was gorgeous before the fire!", which was a bit of a let down. Because very little of it was really that pretty compared to other nearby areas. I would say keep in mind it's a "Gulch" not a Mountain, Rock, or Peak. Worth the exercise if you stay left and go up the "moderate" way.

Did loop hike starting out at Arthur's Rock trail head going up trail to summit of Arthur's Rock, then coming back by way of Howard Trail and Mill Creek Link. Total distance 4.7 miles. Very scenic with views of Horse Tooth Reservoir and Ft. Collins. Weather was great. I would rate the trail as moderate rather than hard. Top of Arthur's Rock is roomy for people to relax.

Loved this trail. I would not classify it as hard my 4 yr old had no problems. It was a nice trail. Would def do it again

moderately hard with an awesome view!

off road driving
1 month ago

First half mile is the toughest, good scenery. Crystal Mountain Trail (at the end of Moody) is closed, but the Private Road back to Buckhorn gets you back without backtracking.

1 month ago

10-4-18 trail is blocked by a couple big trees that have fallen down. also right after the entrance somebody shot skeet and didnt bother to pick up at least 20 to 30 bright yellow shotgun shells. classy... :(

hiking
1 month ago

A very misty morning hiked around 9:30 and saw 3 bear cubs.about 3/4 way up to top of trail. This trail is rated hard. The elevation and rocky trail makes it challenging but I wouldn’t say it was hard because you climb a little then it levels out . Definitely would do again on clear day and bring bear spray!

Great trail. Started from Jack's campground following the trail along the creek. We made it a circuit by returning on old flowers trail and road to make it a 10.6 mile trek. Lots of water for the dogs.

Beautiful hike!! It was long and got rough near the end, but the lake and cirque views are worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Ended up on this trail when planning to traverse Mount McConnell. Glad we did because we wouldn’t have easily made Mount McConnell with our time constraints!

Beautiful hike with great views from the top. Wouldn't personally rate this hike as "hard" or "difficult" but definitely a nice climb...

(Bring Yaktrax if the trail is snow/ice covered)

Up to Cirque Meadows is very easy. The aspens are changed, making much of the path very colourful.
We were confused at first about the marked campsites which are farther up the trail past the meadow-the sites were nice, site 3 has a good view.
The rest of the way was tougher, and some places we lost the trail as it wound up the boulders.
The end views are breathtaking, and great photo opportunities. I plan on going again in June when the wildflowers are bloomed.

This trail is scenic enough, but nothing too special. There is a good deal of tall grass around. No very appealing views, there is a lot of burnt matter throughout.

Beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing color! It was a little confusing on where to go sometimes, so download the map if you can! Follow any arrows you see on the trees as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail if you're in Ft. Collins area. It's pretty nice when you get to the top, with some cool rocks to walk on.

off road driving
2 months ago

it was fun until the road got to steep. I tried to do this in a can am 850 outlander but didn't make it to the end. ended up rolling the atv. it was still fun.

Short and sweet! Couldn’t recommend it more. The views of Horsetooth and Fort Collins are really something. Bring water, it’s a climb!

Waaay too crowded. Saw a guy who thought it was cool to bring his gun to the reservoir. Motorboats are a big distraction if you’re looking for some peaceful nature. Again, the gun didn’t help things.

hiking
2 months ago

A really nice trail. We started from Jacks Gulch Campground and wound our way down to the junction w Fish Creek Trail, then a long steady climb up to Beaver Park. Kept dog close since it definitely looked like mountain lion country. Came back via Flowers Trail/Road. Don’t miss the monument to the B17 crew at the end of the Flowers Road before it turns to trail only. Nice remembrance to those that died in the crash. The actual plane crash is located on the Stormy Peaks trail.

mountain biking
2 months ago

A bit difficult going uphill on the bike unless you're good with super technical / steep climbs. Down hill was a blast tho. Only saw a couple other bikes on the trail, but it was a Monday morning so..

hiking
2 months ago

An alternate route to the Crown Point B-17 bomber, started at 9 in the morning and realized we wouldn’t be back before sundown so we stopped at Browns Lake and turned around. Nice amount of elevation gain, didn’t see many other people.

fun short day hike with amazing views. plenty of shady areas to stop. it ascends quickly. don’t stop short at the top—climb the rock!

Spectacular view, pretty wicked climb on the final accent which was fairly challenging. Well maintained and scenic. Highly recommend

The view is worth the challenging climb! Great workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail for a quick easy hike. Lots of people but if you come early in the morning or later in the evening it is a lot more quite. Also the Timber trail from Well Gulch area and Overlook trail will take you here if you want to add some distance and more challenge to this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail yesterday and it was absolutely stunning. The hike up to the Cirque is relatively flat and I think would be doable by most people. It is lined with aspens so would be really pretty if you catch them in turning season. The trail is very diverse-aspens, then pines, some meadows, lots of small lakes, streams, and some waterfalls, wildflowers, berries, mushrooms...it was nice and cool as well. Not crowded. The lakes surrounded by peaks and snow were beautiful blue. I think it was more like 11.4 miles, and I was shocked that it went by so easily, mostly cause a lot of it is mostly flat.

hiking
2 months ago

I consider this a get right hike. This hike has everything without being too physically demanding. It has good flat parts, good inclines, a beautiful halfway turnaround spot at the Cirque Meadows, a high alpine lake, aspens, rivers, wild flowers.

If you have been on some rough hikes this will be perfect difficulty to get you right. We started at 8:00, reached Emmaline by 10:10, and were done by 12:45. A dip in the lake was cold but surprisingly refreshing.

hiking
2 months ago

8/25- the trail got hot in a hurry and almost all the reviews we read there was shade but we had no idea it was as far in as it was. It was too hot for our dogs, a lot of rocks which got hot. You won’t see shade on this trail until well after 2 miles in. Be prepared. Will do it again when it’s cooler.

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