Moderate Hike; approx 3 miles, and 2 hours. Terrain - mostly dirt trails - with some rocky areas - wear your hiking shoes!
The scenic 2,711-acre Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (consisting of Culver, Soderberg, and Hughey Open Spaces) covers elevations from 5,430 to 7,255 feet. Its 29 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails connect to the Blue Sky Trail and Lory State Park trails. Thankfully, we will only be traversing a small portion of this space! Known for Horsetooth Falls in the Spring, and for tremendous Front Range views, this Open Space is very popular with hikers. We will do the "Falls Loop" which includes Horsetooth Falls (it typically drys up in summer - but still a nice hike), Spring Creek and Soderberg trails which is just over 3 miles. Mule deer, black bear, bobcat, foxes and coyotes are fairly common sightings in the area. Mountain Lions also reside year-round within Horsetooth Mountain Open Space. Keeping kids close and dogs on leash is always advised. As always, bring your water & pet waste baggies - although there is usually some of each available for your dogs at trail head. There is a $6.00 fee for parking, unless you have a Larimer County Park pass. From Harmony and Taft Hill Road turn west onto County Road 38E, and travel about 4 miles around the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir to reach the trail head, which is well marked. Cell reception not very good in this area - please email or call early if you have questions! (970) 449-3792.