Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Bellvue with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I went with my 4 year old daughter. It was wonderful! Until the loop. If you are going with young children I would recommend turning around at the loop. It gets pretty hard after that. We saw more butterflies than I have seen at one place and they were everywhere for the whole hike.
There was a very angry rattle snake on trail so watch out and listen out! All and all this was a great trail. There is a bathroom at the trail head but no water. We brought 3.5 liters of water with us and finished it all before the end. If you bring a filter there is plenty of places to get more water (before the loop)

Attempted to hike this trail with the dogs. About a mile in gun shots could be heard ricocheting through the canyon. Shots were very close to the trail and spooked the dogs. We had to head back to the vehicle without much of an exploration.

hiking
2 days ago

Road was closed to 4x4 traffic. Tough/steep hike for first 2 miles. Dogs enjoyed the hike and we saw turkeys and a young male moose. Saw a few mountain bike tracks but had the trail to ourselves.

Went hiking yesterday 5-7-2018 the entire route. Glad I brought a sandwich, snacks and 3 liters of water, The mileage recorded on my Garmin device (satellite tracking) starting and finishing at the parking lot was a total of 8.5 miles. Flowers were in bloom. Butterflies at water crossings. A group of 9 Bighorn Sheep (males) were on the hillside about two miles into the walk. And no snakes seen. Recommend going in the early AM. And if walking the entire loop, I suggest wearing sturdy shoes.

Fun easy hike with a nice view and lots of Wildflowers

hiking
24 days ago

Was a decent hike. A majority of the trail has a tree line on both sides so there aren't to many views. This would definitely be a summer hike. The last three to four miles to the "lake" has around three to five foot of snow on the trail. Most of it is hard packed, but it is beginning to become soft since it's warming up.

hiking
24 days ago

As described it's heavily hiked allowing all age groups and abilities. The elevation gain is gradual allowing my 2 year old to walk along with us with ease. Parking lot is likely to be full and plan parking on the road. This is a very common place for dogs (leashed and unleashed) and do bring doggy bags to pick up their poop.

Kind of boring for the first couple miles, but rises up to meet the peaks towards the end with some good views. Barely any snowpack even with this last weeks storms. Greening up with crocus out. Lots of jumping over the stream, my dog was a huge fan. Not too many people either. Beautiful meadows at the top.

Hiked this back in November of 2016 when I was visiting friends. Nice easy accessible area/hike. It's more of an area you can just explore around the reservoir.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this early on a Sunday morning. Only saw 2 other hikers the first 6 miles, and they were on their way out. Very quiet and peaceful with the early start. Saw one deer and a group of 7 mountain goats. Lots of pretty views, mostly looking up at ridges and peaks surrounding the gulch. Lots of stream crossings on the 2 miles prior to the fork. All are easily traversed with stepping stones without getting wet. Different types of views once you emerge up on the ridge at the north end of the hike. Saw lots of hikers the final 2 miles as I left (they were coming in). Only 3 other cars in the lot at 7am when I arrived. When I left at 10:20am, the lot was overflowing onto the road.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is in great condition right now and all the stream crossings are super easy to manuever. There are a number of wild flowers blooming right now, and the weather was excellent! This trail is the best for wearing the dogs out, but I saw a number of folks leave their dogs poop behind. Please pick up after your dog so this trail will continue to be enjoyable for everyone.

This is one of my favorite hikes in the Fort Collins area as pups are allowed unleashed. It’s fairly easy with great views and lots of streams. Parking is very limited and there’s no trash cans at the trailhead.

hiking
1 month ago

Very much enjoyed this hike! At the fork, headed to the right, definitely not as steep as an incline as when you go to the left. Very relaxing hike but a good workout. Some wild flowers already out. At a mild to moderate pace, take about 3 1/2 hours.

Hiked Lower Dadd several times throughout this past winter. Snow was never deep enough to require more than microspikes. This is not a “bang for your buck” kinda hike as far as views are concerned unless you head left on the dirt road once the trails ends. After about a half mile or so the view start to open up. Not so sure there will be much solitude on this trail in the summer. Moderate elevation gain on this trail but nothing too crazy. I also saw a moose here on one of my hikes and mountain lion tracks on another.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike this afternoon. We brought both of our Golden Retrievers. They loved the stream crossing, which there were several of. Definitely would recommend this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some good views! Relatively easy hike, although depending on which direction you take at the fork for the trail loop it can be challenging. I, personally, went left at the fork, which takes you up a series of switchbacks. Going right takes you through a more gradual incline of the mountain I found as I traveled back down from the loop. There are also quite a bit of small stream crossings, too. Trail is also mountain bike and dog friendly.

Be sure to pay for parking BEFORE entering the parking lot ($6) -- I made that mistake since there's just a couple of stop signs with no clear indication you must pay before entering. It's a completely unmaintained trail. It's hard to find where it splits off from the reservoir trail. It might as well be an off-trail hike. Make sure you're competent with off-trail navigation. The bushes are a bit difficult to pass in a couple of places. It's a very isolated area once you get a couple of miles in. There's a confusing sign before you get to the reservoir that says the only reason you're allowed to enter is for hunting. It's illegal to stay on the trail after dusk.

I didn't make it all the way to grey rock since my knee was hurting. It was still worth going for the experience. I did see some wildlife, and the feeling of isolation is very strong here for how close it is to town (once you get past the reservoir).

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty decent trail. I went in March and it was pretty snowy and muddy still, but that is to be expected. Not a lot of great views, but it was very pretty near the stream.

It was fun little hike where u have to jump over little creeks very slippery and snowy when I wen on Thursday 3/22/18 and very muddy but it’s an adventure!:)

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was wonderful! The first couple of miles are flat and easy, once you get to the loop it gets a little steeper and rockier. The views on the loop are amazing! This hike gets very crowded, so get there early if you want a parking spot in the lot and no crowds on the trail. Also, for fewer crowds go counter clockwise on the loop, most hikers go clockwise.

hiking
2 months ago

As it clearly states, this is a DOG FRIENDLY hike. So there will be a lot of dogs on this trail and they will be off leash. If that's not your style, there are plenty of other hikes in the area, such as Grey Rock just down the road, where dogs are on leash or not allowed at all. Go there! Or don't complain. This is an awesome, beautiful hike that people can enjoy with their dogs. I would have given it 5-stars except parking can be a problem and there are no trash cans at the trailhead.

I was on the trail by 7:45. It was great morning. Only saw one other set of other hikers until the way down. Beautiful views, windy at the top. Great hike.

off road driving
2 months ago

Winter is the best time for seven mile a lot more challenging and fun

fishing
2 months ago

beautiful place to go.

hiking
3 months ago

It was BEAUTIFUL! Definitely a must see !

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Too many unleashed, unruly dogs for my pleasure.

I have done this hike a few times and it’s been beautiful every time. It isn’t too difficult and it’s right near Ansel Watrous campground, another beautiful place. This hike has beautiful scenery and so many little streams. Highly recommend

The trail was fun. Did one of the side trails that provided a couple deep trenches and some large rocks..the TJ & JKUR had no problems reaching the top.
My only complaint is the trail is NOT marked when entering from the town of Rustic. Only thing marking the trail was a blank piece of plywood on a stick in the ground. Luckily we ran into a couple that told us that was the spot to turn. Other than that..a very easy trail for a couple of beginners in built Jeeps.

off road driving
4 months ago

Went two days ago. Challenging areas but very beautiful. I went in stock Renegade trailhawk she did great.

This "trail" is so overgrown and poorly marked that you spend more time trying to find it than actually having fun. It is practically a miracle if you can make it through the chest-high thistle in some areas. Not worth the effort

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