Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Fun climb!

The rapid elevation increase is immediately apparent. The change in trail, foliage and scenery was enjoyable. The last 10th of a mile will kick your butt, be prepared! The view of Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins is breathtaking! I would not recommend this trail to those out of shape or new to hiking.

The entire elevation gain is the 3ish miles closest to the lake, where the incline hits you like a wall! We found ourselves scrambling quite a few times up and around rock walls. The lake is underwhelming, not sure if the final climb was really worth it. The weather was beautiful though, and friendly hikers and packers that we passed along the way.

Beautiful views, well kept trails. Fairly easy hike, although I just wore tennis shoes and would definitely recommend doing it in trail shoes. *There is a $7 day use fee that is paid at a station in the parking lot. Credit cards accepted.*

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome hike

Absolutely gorgeous little trail. Took my 3 year old and it was a little tough for her. Found some not so steep little side trails that take you right down to the water. My kiddo loved splashing around. Not many people for a Friday afternoon in the summer. Would def go back.

Great trail! Love the view!

off road driving
15 days ago

Fun trail. Was a little tuff at the beginning but also challenging and not to hard. Had 33’s with a 4” lift in my 2001 Jeep wrangle. Took that trail like a champ.

off road driving
15 days ago

Fun trail. Very green this time of year.
The ascent right at the beginning is fun but the crystal mountain trail was gated off.
The closure signs looked fairly new.

16 days ago

Nice walk with some great places off the track along the river to enjoy. Coming back the views across the mountain range are awesome. As you descend down to the car park

I took my dog on this hike and she loved it! Tons of little streams and different landscapes. The incline is a little difficult but if you take breaks along the way it is doable :)

hiking
22 days ago

Loved it! This trail is very lush and green! A nice change up from all the dry dusty trails in NoCo. I went all the way to the meadows just before the dirt road, a little over 10 miles all together. I would suggest wearing bug spray for ticks and mosquitos, I found ticks on me a couple of different times after walking through the more dense parts of the trail. Pants might be a a good idea on this hike. Also it was a great bonus that I was the only person on the entire trail! Definitely going to do it again in the fall, lot of aspens!

hiking
22 days ago

Challenging climb but well-constructed trail and excellent views from the summit!

hiking
22 days ago

Recommend going on overcast/cooler day. Also trail would prob be best on a bike vs hike- good spot

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail, calm the first couple miles and a good workout on the loop. Garmin says about 8 miles round trip. Took me 2 hours, but I went clockwise (easier) on the loop.

Easy climb and beautiful views.

hiking
26 days ago

Amazing trail that runs along the Poudre most of the way. Great views at higher elevations along the trail. Watch missing 411 documentary before or after your hike depending on how freaked out you wanna be.

We found this trail to be much easier than described in other reviews. I took my 7 and 9 year old boys and they had no problem getting to the top. Nice and cool still in July at 6 am. Windy at the top. We saw lots of deer. Amazing views at the top.

hiking
30 days ago

Hard on a hot day but worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Partially shaded nice trail. Not that hard. Scramble at the end is steep, but short with lots of sculpted steps + plenty of hand holds. Wild flowers are past their prime this time of year. Beautiful view is your payoff at the summit.

Absolutely gorgeous, went early and had the trail to ourselves. Wild flowers are in bloom and the waterfalls are flowing. Just amazing!

Did with all 7 kids ages 6-16. Was a challenge for a few of them, but not too bad!

Good hike, went on a hot day so it was unfortunate that not much shade was available on the loop. The loop felt really long. Bring plenty of H2O!

Loved this hike! Just when you think you can't do anymore you start the boulder climbing and it opens up to an awesome view! Totally worth the climb. Did it with a 14, 10, and 5 year old.

off road driving
1 month ago

Took a not quite stock JK Wrangler up it. Hardest part is right at the beginning - you need to pick a line up a steep rock outcropping. The Rubicons we accidentally convoyed with walked right up it with their lockers. Next time we'd air down. The rest of the trail is pretty easy but jouncy with rocks. The 2nd half of the trail was closed off, so we never made it to the end.

Quick go to!

I hike this one a few times a year as a quick and easy way to get into nature as it is only a short drive from my home. It's a good one for dogs, and kids, as there is plenty to look at and the work is not too strenuous. Go early to avoid the heat and crowds. If you can, watch the sunrise over the reservoir.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for little ones and pups! Our 3 and 5 yr old made it just fine. Take lots of water in the summer and be sure to look for the olive trees, apple tree and raspberry bushes! Also, spotted an amazing Cecropia caterpillar, the kids loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Done this one with my dogs, kids, girl scouts multiple times. Great views! Be sure to have water with you!

hiking
1 month ago

NIce hike. no shade. Have done this one multiple times with my kids and dogs. Tend to see a lot of bikers on this trail.

This is a great trail for dogs, most of the trail is creek side.

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