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Hike Around Bobcat Ridge

Here's another popular Fort Collins Natural Area that's close to home and a great preseason spring outing. Let's hike the perimeter trails: Valley Loop to the historic cabin, up D.R. Trail to Mahoney Park and then down by way of the Ginney Trail.

Distance: 10.5 miles
Elevation: TH about 5500', highest point 7000' (1500' climb)
Rating: moderate
Dogs: no dogs allowed at Bobcat Ridge NA

Where and When (departure times):
8:30am K-Mart, 2665 W Eisenhower, Loveland (we will go DIRECTLY to TH)
8:30am JJ's, 4015 S Taft Hill, Ft Collins (we will go DIRECTLY to TH)
9:00am TH

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  • Christine

    Great choice for a hike, Christina! Easy on the knees, long enough to get good exercise, and the right time of year for that location. Thanks!

    1 · April 5, 2014

    • Christine

      And thanks to Volunteer Ranger Assistant (or is that Assistant Volunteer Ranger? Volunteer Assistant Ranger?) Kevin too, of course!

      April 6, 2014

    • Casey

      We decided to call him Ranger Kevin...sir...!

      April 6, 2014

  • David W.

    Thanks, Christina and Kevin, and everyone else, for a fun hike. After skiing all winter with my daughter, this was my first non-skiing outdoor activity of the spring. Looking forward to the next time!

    2 · April 6, 2014

  • Merja J.

    Nice. Thanks Christina & Kevin. I might have other thoughts tomorrow.

    2 · April 5, 2014

    • Christina S.

      I'm feeling it a bit today, Merja :)

      April 6, 2014

  • Casey

    Thank you Kevin and Christina!

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Top notch :)))

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Chip D.

    Thank you Christina & Kevin for organizing the hike. It was a fun day.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Sabre P.

    I enjoyed this very much....

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • Christina S.

    What a great group! Thanks everyone for coming out! Perfect day.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike. Great people.

    2 · April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Didnt attention cuz of health reason!

    April 5, 2014

  • Grant

    Got tied up at work longer than expected...sorry I could not make it, hope to make the next one. Hope you all are having a great time!

    April 5, 2014

  • Chris

    Hey.I can make it to the hike but I'll be late.

    April 5, 2014

  • Casey

    I'll meet you guys at the TH!

    April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone whose hiked this trail before have an estimate on about how many hours this hike took them before?

    April 4, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Hi Chelsey, we should be done around 2pm, back to carpool locations around 2:30/3ish.

      April 4, 2014

  • Christine

    I'll meet you at the trailhead at 9.

    April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry won't be able to make , i can only handle easier climb. This will be my first. With my cancer I can't risk my health. So I have to drop out.
    Let me know when you have an easier trail. Have fun.

    April 4, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Thanks Lazon. See you another time. :)

      April 4, 2014

  • Sabre P.

    I'll meet you there. No prob with the distance. Just hoping for sunshine.

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Christine

    Any idea about snow cover / muddiness?

    April 4, 2014

    • Christina S.

      FC.gov doesn't have specific conditions listed but I'd expect some muddiness.

      April 4, 2014

  • Carol

    Sorry, have to cancel. While on waiting list, planned a hike to Lory State Park for tomorrow instead. Hope to hike with you folks again some time in the near future!

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Christina S.

    Hello large group of hikers! Here are a few reminders & tidbits of info for tomorrow.

    1) If you're not planning to attend, please change your RSVP now.

    2) If you have not hiked with us before, please note: this is a 10.5 mile hike with 1,500 ft of elevation gain. Please be sure this is within your fitness ability.

    3) Carpool times are 8:30am at two places: Kmart in Loveland and JJ's in Fort Collins. Please be prompt. :) The addresses for both are posted above. Carpools depart at 8:30am & go directly to the trailhead. 4) Bring $2 for gas for your carpool driver. We'll arrange carpools at the meetup locations.

    5) It's spring; expect the trail may be muddy, slushy or both.

    6) The weather is forecast to be mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain in the afternoon. Highs in the low- mid 50s.

    7) Bring lunch. Bring water. Bring warm clothes to keep you dry. And most of all, bring YOU.

    Call[masked] if you need to reach me in the morning.

    See ya'll tomorrow. Christina

    April 4, 2014

  • David W.

    I'm really looking forward to getting out there with everyone, and meeting new people! Cheers!

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI groups of more than 8 need a trails / open space permit. They are available thru the City of Fort Collins open space (or on line).

    March 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So we are all set then permit wise? I don't need to purchase anything online before the hike?

      April 4, 2014

    • Christina S.

      We have the permit. :)

      April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very excited for this hike and to meet some new people! I hope the sun pops out for some of this hike!

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Kristina

    I had a last minute work opportunity come up that I need to take and it has a very tight deadline. I'll be working all weekend. So sorry to back out this late. I hope someone from the wait list can take our place. Looking forward to catching another one soon. Have fun!

    1 · April 4, 2014

    • Sabre P.

      I'll take your place!

      April 4, 2014

    • Christina S.

      No problem, Kristina, see you next time. Sabre, it's likely a spot will open up sometime today...keep a watch.

      2 · April 4, 2014

  • camille r.

    Crazy interest because Christine and Kevin are awesome and so are the hikes they lead!

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Christina S.

      If that's still confusing, just be at either Kmart in Loveland OR JJ's in Fort Collins in time to leave by 8:30am. :)

      April 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, thanks

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so excited I made it through the wait list but now I will not be able to make it :( hopefully next one!

    April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so sorry I have to miss this one! I just got my son's football schedule and he has his first game at the exact same time:( Next time.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Chris

    Hey everyone I'm Chris. I'm new to the group. I am wanting to go hiking this weekend and I wanted to see if anyone wants to go hiking with me on Saturday at Horsetooth. I can always go alone but i prefer to go with people sometimes since I do everything by myself. If interested get back with me.

    March 25, 2014

    • Chris

      Hi lazon I can meet at the KMart around 10:00 am on Saturday my number is[masked]

      March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, I'll be there tomorrow . Around 9:30 or 9:45am.

      March 28, 2014

  • Ray P.

    I will give up my spot and go hiking with other friends so someone else will have an opportunity to hike. Will miss seeing you all until the next hike.

    March 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok Chris , I'll be there, thanks a lot. I will try to keep up with you :-

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really wanted to hike with you all but I scheduled a hike with my own group for this day. I held out as long as I could!!! Take a lot of pictures!!!

    March 26, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Will do! See ya next time.

      March 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Christina and Kevin, I'll be putting a camping trip together to supplement the Native Lake Hike in Leadville. I'll send it too you both by email and then you can edit. I haven't been added on yet so don't be tooooo surprised if I meet you all at the trailhead to lead the hike!!!

      March 26, 2014

  • Chris

    Good evening everyone. If anyone wants to come hiking with me and lazon then you can meet me,at KMart @10 am Saturday if not then it's cool. I drive a red SUV. My number is[masked] or message me if interested. If not then hopefully the group squeeze me in for the hike and have fun with it. Talk to you guys soon.

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, will try. If I can get up early enough to make it . Thanks!

    1 · March 26, 2014

  • Christina S.

    Hey everyone,

    There's a crazy amount of interest in this hike, so if you know that you're not likely to make this, please be a considerate FRH'er and change your RSVP as soon as you can. :-)

    We do have a permit for this hike to accommodate a large group but cannot accommodate all on the wait list.

    If you ARE on the wait list, know this: there tends to be a lot of fluctuation the week before the hike (especially if the forecast is on the cold side)...so don't give up hope of getting in!

    That's my 411 for now. See you all soon!

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, mean to say Chris,

    March 25, 2014

  • Chris

    I'm excited to go on this hiking trip on the 5th if there is enough availability. I'm also looking forward to meet other people that enjoys hiking. It's been tough for me to meet people since I've moved to Colorado 2 years ago. other than that I'm looking forward,to meet everyone in this group. :)

    1 · March 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    You may want to take a look at this. I have no idea what trails you were going to hike but it looks as if several are closed.
    Here's the link found http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/status.php

    March 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was hoping you would look at the campgrounds!!! If the trails are to muddy let's have a CAMPFIRE and a BBQ!!!

      March 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That sounds like fun:))

      March 15, 2014

  • camille r.

    So I need to "go DIRECTLY to TH" and do NOT GO TO JAIL…Oh that's monopoly...

    1 · March 7, 2014

  • Franklyn R.

    Work permitting

    March 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jonn, I wii meet up at Kmart.

    February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first trip, do I meet all at Kmart or just drive to location? And do I need a pass? Plates let me know. Or call thanks you!

    February 26, 2014

    • John

      You can do either. We make carpool arrangements at Kmart and JJs so you may save a little gas by meeting there. Also you're guaranteed to wind up at the trailhead at the same time as at least some of the group :)

      February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    [masked]

    February 26, 2014

  • Christine

    Would someone please update the map location before the hike? The link is broken and Google is not finding this place. Thanks!

    February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be meeting you at the Kmart:)

    1 · February 25, 2014

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