Hike the Coyote Ridge and Rimrock Trails in Larimer County Natural Area between Loveland and Ft. Collins.
Bring at least one liter of water, snacks/lunch, and appropriate clothing for the predicted weather conditions. Current weather forecast for Friday: partly sunny with temps in the low to mid-40's and winds gusts up to 20 mph. Trekking poles, sturdy hiking boots, sun glasses, and sun screen recommended. Plan to have lunch at the top of the Rimrock Trail. Don't plan to go down to the "lunch tree".
Starting elevation: ~5100 ft.
Max Elevation: ~5700 ft.
Total climb: ~1200 ft.
R/T distance: ~7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate pace (around 2 mph including stops). I rate this as a lower intermediate level hike. Hike should take 3-4 hours with a 45 minute drive each way to and from the trailhead.
Please read the hike description carefully and don't sign up for the hike unless you are confident you can complete the described hike (Pace, expected conditions, RT distance, total climb, and max elevation).
If you want to join the hike, get on the waiting list. If you can volunteer to drive/meet the group at the trailhead, so state with your RSVP. I will increase the number of participants as others agree to drive. We should be at the trailhead by 9:30 am.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting. Five minute wait for no-shows.
We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.
Dogs: Not in this natural area.
Please, don't show up for a hike unless your YES RSVP has been accepted for you and any guest(s) that you intend to bring with you.
Please cancel if you decide not to attend so spaces will be available for others.
Hiking is risky. Every year people are hurt and killed because they go beyond their abilities, get lost, or bring the wrong gear. I normally lead hikes that I've done before. I don't do technical climbs but some of my hikes have strenuous climbs that may require using some handholds and require good physical strength and agility. I am not a professional guide. You are responsible for yourself. By signing up for this hike you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for your own safety and will do the necessary research to understand the conditions of this hike and the gear and conditioning required.
And lastly, anyone choosing to hike with our group should carry personal medical insurance and a CORSAR (Colorado Outdoor Recreation Search and Rescue) card in case of an emergency.