Reservoir Ridge Loop
ElevationAscent: 588' 179 m
Descent: -588' -179 m
High: 5,615' 1,712 m
Low: 5,182' 1,579 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A technical trail with great views of the reservoir and surrounding hills.”— Deborah Gulley
There is a "shortcut" trail that you can connect with on the western side of the hill near the 2.25-mile mark. The shortcut heads southeast and takes you up and over the hill where you can connect to the main trail and head back north (left). This cuts off roughly a mile from the route.
The Fort Collins Trail Runners meet here every Tuesday evening year round at 6 pm for a social run. They stop at three points along the way to let everyone catch up and enjoy the view.
Your first stop for a beautiful view is about the 1.65-mile mark when you reach the top of the hill on Interpretive Loop. Take a moment at the top to catch your breath and enjoy the view of the valley to the west, especially beautiful dusk.
Enjoy the downhills, rolling terrain, and easier footing before climbing back over the hill to run down on the eastern side around the 3-mile mark. As you head over the top and begin to come down the other side, the trail will again come to a T, head left (north) on North Loop Connector to stay on the loop.
Stay to the right on Foothills Trail when you come to a Y in the trail around mile 3.2 and continue back to the first T that you came to, this time you'll be around 3.5 miles. Turn to the right (east/southeast) and continue downhill. Retrace your steps back to the parking lot. Stay left at the Y around mile 4.5, or you'll be adding bonus mileage running to a different parking lot!
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