Hike to Arthur's Rock

  • October 21, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Hike to Arthur's Rock in Lory State Park.  Start in Horsetooth Mtn Park. Up the Arthur's Rock Trail then down the Howard Trail.  This will be an exploratory hike for me.


$6 parking fee per vehicle.

Bring suitable clothing, 1-2 liters of water, and snacks/lunch to enjoy at the top. Expect temps in the 40's, mostly sunny skies, and wind gusts possibly above 15 mph.  Trekking poles, sturdy hiking boots, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat are also recommended..


Hike distance: ~ 10 miles.

Trailhead Elevation: ~ 5600 ft.

Max elevation:  ~6800 ft.

Total climb: ~1500 ft.

This is an intermediate level hike at a moderate pace of 1.5- 2 mph including rest stops.  Total hike time should be 5-6 hours plus about a 1 hour drive each way to and from the trailhead. 

I can add a greater number to the hike if others volunteer to drive.

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).

Dogs: Not on this hike.
Please be prompt so others are not kept waiting.  Five minute wait for no-shows.

We do regrouping stops at all trail intersections.

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.

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 some 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 you require.
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.


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  • Pete L.

    Great day in another new place for me.

    October 21, 2013

    • Beth T.

      Agreed! Thanks for a great hike, Perry!

      October 21, 2013

  • Beth T.

    Could you also verify which trailhead to meet at? Thanks!

    October 20, 2013

    • Beth T.

      Thanks, Perry. Still new to FC, don't have a parking pass. I've never even been up hiking around Horsetooth!
      I'll meet you at 9:15 at JJ's - that's at the corner of Harmony and Taft Hill, correct?

      October 20, 2013

    • Perry

      Beth, yes, that's it.

      October 20, 2013

  • Perry

    I have some feedback that we'll probably encounter some mud on the hike.

    October 20, 2013

  • Beth T.

    I live in Fort Collins now, so I will just meet you at the trailhead, and cover my own parking. This will be the first hike I can make with the group in a while, I'm excited!

    Perry - what time do you think you'll be at the trailhead? Around 9:15?

    October 20, 2013

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