Soapstone Prairie and Red Mountain are closed in the winter as part of the Mountains to Prairies Project. They are reopening on March 1st, but then the Plover Trail closes from April 1 - July 15 to protect the prairie bird hatchlings. So March is the only time for a while when we'll get the chance to explore this trail in Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. It's likely to be cold and windy, but, hey, that never stops us!
We have a loop that will take in the whole of the Plover Trail. We start from the North Parking Lot (where Lindenmeier Trail starts) and hike around the edges of the Towhee Loop and the Mahogany Loop, onto the eastbound Canyon Trail and then onto the Plover. When we hit the Pronghorn Loop, we take that back to the parking lot. Total distance: about 16 miles, but it's flat and fairly easy terrain.
Distance: 15.6 miles
Elevation: between 6400' to 7000' the entire loop
Rating: easy to moderate (but long)
Dogs: not allowed at Soapstone
Where and When (departure times):
7:05am K-Mart Parking Lot, 2665 W Eisenhower, Loveland
7:45am Albertson's Parking Lot (behind Subway), 1636 N College, Ft Collins
9:00am Trailhead (google)