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

I love this trail. I walk it a lot and love watching the changing foliage over the seasons. Sometimes you have to share the trail with bikers/

Well maintained trail and not too strenuous. It is a great hike for the front range. The view from the top of horsetooth rock is nice.

Beautiful walking trail for viewing the foliage.

walking
19 days ago

Lots of wildlife. Birds and some prairie dogs. Nice little walk with good views.

hiking
23 days ago

I agree with Dixie!!!

Okay, here is my review-

Bathroom- YES, at start of hike
TRAIL- starts flat and gradually builds near side of mountain
Poop from wild animals/horses is on the trail...

My dog and friend’s dog loved this trail. The flat at start was great to warm it up and get started. The hike up the hill wasn’t too bad, but I did get sweaty. The top is gorgeous!!

Take a pic of the map, if you aren’t inclined to naturally know where you are. I’m glad I did, as it isn’t just a loop, there are other connecting paths you can do too.

There were many bikers, but they were nice. Super fun and not in the woods at all. It is nice to have a foothills climb and not be stuck amongst trees.

Two Dachshunds give eight paws up!!

horseback riding
29 days ago

can anyone tell me if this trail is good for horseback riding

walking
1 month ago

We went last Friday. It was perfect weather, it wasn’t heavily trafficked. Our pup loved it, definitely recommend going if you are looking for an easy trail. There was some horse poop like a previous review had said, but it wasn’t all over. It’s dog friendly and has benches to throughout the trail.

road biking
1 month ago

Whoa, what a find. Lovely morning ride, the trail has a little bit of everything—wooded river bottom, urban detour, farmland, open fields— and cap it off with a lunch at Vern’s before heading back! Highly recommend for great leisurely ride.

Great also 3.5 km loop to check as well here. Check out my running activity on Garmin Connect. #beatyesterday
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/2962025593

2 months ago

Great loops with cool breeze off the ponds! Easy walk close to town, will def come back!

I like this trail, but I logged about 6 miles instead of 4.8 like it says. Just be aware!

dsvs.mi

Nice run.

The kids loved this hike, and what a treat to take a dip in the lake! Monday morning and the trail was empty. Saw a deer, lots of coyote scat, and many dragon flies. It’s pretty sunny with little opportunities for shade, so pack the sunscreen and water! The campground by the lake was unfortunately a mess, the previous campers did not do their part in keeping it clean, it’s too bad!

hiking
3 months ago

nice and easy trail for all levels and ages of hikers. pretty flat. but good to get out in nature. VERY little shade! Go when its cooler out.

Nice trail. Tends to be a lot of bikers out on this one and occasionally horses. Pretty easy. Can get off at one point to get over to the lake if you wanted to wade of swim. Great for all levels and ages of hikers

mountain biking
3 months ago

Is a great ride by bike! Peaceful, quiet, you pass occasional riders or walkers but is not usually too congested. Has a few places to pull over by the river and sit and relax. Is well maintained. A huge plus to this trail is it runs right by some of Fort Collins best Breweries which make for some great pit stops! Love this trail!

fun trail hike with a group of kids. everyone enjoyed it.

great trail for all ages and abilities.

walking
4 months ago

93 degrees today and barely any shade to speak of on this trail! Tons of barking prairie dogs and pups along the west side of the trail loop and mamma and baby ducks in the pond. Great views, but definitely recommend this hike for a cooler or more overcast day!

on Pineridge Trail

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Starting at the parking lot off Overland Trail Drive it's a nice easy flat hike to the foothills. There's no shade so bring extra water on a hot day. On the Foothills trail you'll see the open space is abutted by private farms, but gorgeous views of the foot hills. You don't want to miss the view from the top. Awesome views of Fort Collins and the Reservoir from up here. There are pit toilets at the parking lot off Overland and Michaud Spur. Birds included redwing black birds as there are some marshy areas and a little creek. Trail is open for hikers, runners, dogs, and bikes so keep one ear bud out.

Hiked this trail yesterday with my dog. Great weather and serene views. Saw a few wild birds and lots of chunky bumblebees. Good hike and parking was easy to find too.

hiking
4 months ago

5/28/18 - We parked in Bellvue. Hiked all the way to Claymore Lake and back. It was roughly 6 miles.
Recently we've experienced some rains. Everywhere you looked was so nice and green. Saw a variety of wild flowers. We hiked on a cloudy day. Making it a perfect day to hike this trail!...there's no tree coverage.
There was lots of loose rock. Passed bikers, joggers, hikers, and ones on horseback.

walking
5 months ago

Great trail with many different options. Right now there is horse poop on some parts of the trail, not inconvenient for me personally but my dog kept trying to eat it (yuck). Will definitely be frequenting this area.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy flat paths with mountain and lake views. A lot of variety of birds and water fowl. Couple miles of trails, several educational kiosks/birding guides and many picnic tables. A little bit of road noise from I 25.

horseback riding
5 months ago

Steady incline with a well worn path. The gain and altitude may be challenging if you do not have a decent level of fitness and/or are not acclimated to the thinner air.

walking
6 months ago

How have I not tried this trail before? Easy loop. Moderate to little traffic. Dog friendly. Quiet. Benches with views. I’ll definitely be taking this trail again with my pup!

Great trail. if you're looking for a long hike this is perfect a lot of up hill and a lot of rocks on the trail but that didn't bother us. we will come back. Also a 3 year old was hiking with with us and she made it.

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