This is a fun one with decent elevation gain. Great views from Mount McConnell peak.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 days ago

My favorite of the Ft Collins Natural Area hikes so far. Fairly short hiking options unless you take the Foothills Trail. Very little shade, so plan to go early. No bugs to speak of. Great for bird watching around the Overlook Loop. Saw 1 small snake, but no Rattle Snakes today. Bring lots of water and sunscreen and have a great hike!

Made it a loop by taking the Howard to the Arthur trail. Totaled just under 6 miles. Got started at 830 and parking lot was fairly busy but not too bad, but when we were coming back down there were TONS of people.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Easy & family friendly. Went on Fri afternoon and there were lots of people

hiking
bugs
rocky
4 days ago

Beautiful trail with lots of space to sit down in shade and admire the river.

Amazing views. Trail was in great shape. First part is a little steep. All in all great place to hike.

PHEW. Only people I saw doing this trail were bikers. Went from the wild loop trail in Loveland to the Blue Sky Trailhead & back. Took us a long time. Went through SO MUCH water and the water fountain at Horsetooth was closed. Died during the 10 miles back. No shade. No wind. DEATH. I love the backbone side more than the blue sky side. I had enough of blue sky the first time I went through it.

mountain biking
5 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails. This time of year it is green and gorgeous. If you want to beat the rush get there before 9. A little bit of rocks, some good climbs, and some fun downhill— this trail has a little of everything for everybody.

walking
no shade
7 days ago

Nice paved path through the prairie with beautiful views. Quite busy today at 10am. Mostly bikes and runners. Good safe spot to walk for exercise. Everyone is courteous. Enjoy!

hiking
7 days ago

Neat little trail, close to home. The wildflowers are really pretty right now.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

One of my favorite hikes near FOCO. I always suggest an early start, as it can get hot in the late morning and early afternoon. There are areas of the trail with no shade. WILDLIFE: saw a bull snake, deer and wild turkey, along with a multitude of birds. We usually see the snakes on the lower third of the trail, so keep an eye out along the trail sides during the lower section. This is one of the most popular trails in this area, so plan for it to be busy. It is also a multi-use trail with hikers and bikes. Everyone is courteous and bike riders are usually careful. $9 day fee if you have no annual pass. Highly recommend this one!

hiking
8 days ago

Loved all the birds and Prairie Dog colonies! Great for an easy walk around the lake with lots of wildlife. Leads to many more trail options, as it connects to other trail systems. Saw lots of families with small kiddos, so its an easy outing for them as well.

Not as much of a “hike” as it is a walk but nonetheless it is beautiful! Horsetooth reservoir is nearby and there’s a few stops for dogs to get in for a quick swim. Excited to explore the other trails

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

Mid May trip on a Sunday morning. Great views! And No Crowds! Beautiful wild flowers in full bloom Narrow trail with mountain bikes, have to get off trail to let them pass Had to buy a $9 day pass to get into park

hiking
rocky
9 days ago

Fun hike with some challenging parts. Go early to get a parking spot, gate was closed so you have to walk in to where the trail starts. Gorgeous views, saw a few wild turkey and deer along the way too.

Great for a leisurely walk with a view or a short trail run!

hiking
no shade
9 days ago

What a beautiful hike, we did this for the sunrise and wow! Amazing views! Surprisingly busy that early but not too busy.

Love the hike I recommend for sure Take lots of water..... THE VIEWS

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Fun easy trail! Surrounded by clear ponds and there are tons of paths branching off the main trail. The trail was muddy today, lots of puddles to dodge!

Nice easy jogging loop. Traffic was not too heavy, but the some places on the trail were still lightly muddy from the rain

Beautiful hike. Not too many people out on the trail and awesome view on top. Ran into a few bikers so be cautious.

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