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Horsetooth Falls and Rock Trail Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
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Trail

8.3 mile 13.3 kilometer loop
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,743' 531 m
Descent: -1,743' -531 m
High: 7,126' 2,172 m
Low: 5,730' 1,747 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Donovan Moritz

A thorough run in a full loop highlighting the surrounding Horsetooth Falls Trail and other trails.

Donovan Moritz

Features River/Creek · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Overview

This trail features many trails around Horsetooth Mountain and provides beautiful scenic views of Colorado. The top of Horsetooth Mountain provides views of Pikes Peak, the Rocky Mountains, and others in the distance.

Description

The trail was certainly manageable and guided. There is a consistently steady incline covering about 2,000 feet of incline. Most of the trails are narrow, but still accessible for bikes and dogs. There are some loose rocks (big and small) and tree roots along the trails, but none are overly difficult to overcome. The most difficult aspects of this combination of trails are the inclines and the length of the run.

The first half of the loop climbs steadily, with a short side trip to Horsetooth Falls at about one mile. From there, you'll continue a steady climb on Spring Creek Trail. Eventually, after a short connecting section on Towers, turn onto West Ridge Trail to wind back to the south. This trail will connect you to the Horsetooth Rock Trail which takes you up to the summit. Enjoy the views before starting you descent back to the trailhead on the South Ridge Trail.

History & Background

Horsetooth Rock is a famous regional landmark near Fort Collins and is a popular destination for visitors to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

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Land Manager: Larimer County, Colorado

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Shot of the ridge crest from the peak of Horsetooth Rock
Aug 3, 2017 near Bellvue, CO
Once over the incline, traverse along this edge, right, to the summit of Horsetooth Mountain.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
Northern Colorado summer wildflowers. This is called "Old Man on the Mountain".
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
The last 200 feet up to Horsetooth Mountain.
Jul 27, 2019 near Bellvue, CO
North Side of Horsetooth Rock
Apr 16, 2018 near Bellvue, CO
Horsetooth Mountain Park, Fort Collins, CO.
Feb 23, 2019 near Bellvue, CO

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