Horsetooth Mountain Open Space has over 29 miles of trails!
Four hikes. Four days. Be a Horsetooth expert.
This is the second in a series of four Saturday hikes.
Last May, we noticed that we had been to Horsetooth Rock about a million times, the Falls a few times, and maybe once down Nomad to get to Lory State Park. But there are miles and miles of trails to be explored in this, our gorgeous backdoor park. So we resolved to walk them all.
Turns out it's impossible to only walk 29 miles to cover the 29 miles of trails. But we came up with just four loops (about 40 miles total) to cover everything except Nomad (which parallels Shoreline) and the last bit of Mill Creek which connects to Lory St. Park.
During these hikes last May we discovered wonderful parts of the park we'd never even imagined and at a gorgeous green and lush time of year. We can't wait to repeat the experience this year!
• This is not your typical Horsetooth hike up to the rock and back. It is over ten miles with considerable elevation gain. We will be travelling in a loop so everyone needs to stay together on this hike--so if you feel comfortable keeping a moderate pace for ten miles then this is a hike for you.
Hike 3 of 4:
Start/end: Horsetooth TH
Summit the Rock
Down via Horestooth Rock Trail
Loop length: 8.2 miles
Starting Elevation: 5,750’
Highest elevation: 7,150’ (+1400 feet)
Skill level: Moderate to advanced
Dogs: Allowed on leash.
Meetings places and times:
7:40 am: depart JJ's in Fort Collins (corner of Harmony and Taft; meet in the SE corner of the parking lot)
8:00 am: departure time at Horsetooth Trailhead
Parking is $6 at the trailhead if you don't have a permit. You need a credit/debit card to purchase parking. If you are carpooling, please bring $2/person in cash to contribute to the driver for gas and parking.
Directions to trailhead:
On google here.
From JJs (Taft Hill Rd and Harmony in Ft. Collins): West on County Road 38E (Harmony) about 6.5 miles to Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trailhead parking lot on the right.