Explore the most popular river 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.

Great cardio workout. Steep incline. the primitive trail on the way down was a bit scary. Look for the rock markers to know you are going to right way. I had my dogs with me but had I known the way down was primitive trail I would have gone down the way I came up. That trail was very well done. No one else was out on the trail when we went. Lots of great views. Not much shade.

mountain biking
21 days 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!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

This is a fun trail to hike. I recommend to hike it counterclockwise this way you have an easy or climb but you’ll have a pretty steep climb down where are you hike on a primitive trail. Be aware that you will experience a significant temperature drop once you get up. We had both of our dogs with us and it was fairly quiet on the trail

horseback riding
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

What a great cardio workout! Beautiful views. Strong advice here: go counter clockwise. I am 99% confident that if we had gone up clockwise, I would have given up before the summit. I would go up counter clockwise and THEN back track the same way back hill. We did not do that, we finished the loop however, by finishing the loop, you go down massively steep, rocky terrain. It was exhausting and scary. Going back downhill should be the perk of the hike and not the worst feeling decision. They call it a “primitive” trail if that tells you anything. Have fun!

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.

2 months ago

Good trail with great views of Horsetooth Res and Ft. Collins. Switchbacks were challenging but not overly difficult. Took Arthur’s Rock trail back. Loved the view at the summit of Arthur’s Rock. Go early. The later I gets the more the trail fills up.

hiking
3 months ago

Decent trail. Summit was kind of weak. I highly recommend you do this trail counter clockwise.

on Howard Trail

hiking
3 months ago

First two miles are the most challenging. Settles after that with a few small sections with some elevation gains. Included Westridge Trail and part of Timber Trail to get a few more miles and a bit more elevation and created a 7.6 mile lollipop loop. Cold, cloudy, and fog at the start, but once above that you get the views the area is known for. Great hike.

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.

Nice challenging hike when you're out of chaos and need to build endurance again. many inclines and great in the winter.

Well graded, moderate to easy hiking path that ends with great views of Fort Collins and Horsetooth Reservoir. A bit crowded with mountain bikers but they were all very polite. Closer to 6 miles for the entire loop.

walking
4 months ago

Fun family walk

First hike with my dogs since moving to Colorado and we LOVED it! My dogs had a blast getting some exercise and I loved the scenery! Definitely going back to explore some more

hiking
6 months ago

Crowded Sunday. Too many bikes. Plus dogs. Moderate terrain. Rocky. Open space, so sunny and warm even on a winter day.

hiking
7 months ago

Solid on the low moderate end. Unfortunately, technology and my intent to track the trek with the app was basic straight line a-b, not flowing with the trail and distance as I'd hoped.

hiking
7 months ago

On the easier end of moderate. Nice, low-key hike with good views of Fort Collins and Horse Tooth Reservoir. Saw lots of deer as well!

good work out trail.

walking
7 months ago

This trail is good for an out and back (basically) quickie if you don’t have the time to go to Lory or Horsetooth Mountain Park. No shade on most of the trail so it’s hot in the summer.

hiking
7 months ago

Trail was dry and mostly easily followed. Definitely recommend doing this one counter-clockwise (starting at the higher point up the trail). Doing the “primitive trail” at the end is definitely easier than trying to hunt down the trail at the beginning.

7 months ago

Easy for flatlanders as very gradual increase in altitude. Great for dog. Not crowded.

Some great views and a nice workout. All the campgrounds are closed this time of year, so parking by the gates can get filled on a nice day. The trail is not well marked once you get in a ways, so you do have to look a little at places.

Great scenery this fall along this trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hiking ... moderate climb with beautiful views. Dogs loved it!

road biking
10 months ago

Rode the bike from Shields to the Butterfly Woods. The sunset was pretty along with the deer I saw along the ridge. Will be going back again.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a peaceful and quite hike. not much traffic. it is probably nicer to do it during spring or fall because this hike doesn't have much shade.
Instead of turning around we went back by Arthur's rock and it was perfect.

Took the dogs out and did about 8 miles. Really easy trail, but no shade or water. We did a key shape loop on the foothills trail, but there are other trails that intersect with it so keep an eye on your map and trail markers. We saw a few deer hanging out on the back side too. Overall, very nice trail and we'll definitely be going back again.

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