Blue Sky - TRAIL

Blue Sky - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

Blue Sky is the new connector trail than runs from Loveland's "Devils Backbone" to Fort Collins' "Horestooth Mountain Park" and also access's Rimrock Open space. All singletrack but pretty level and very easy. No shade except in the early morning and a lot of Rattlesnakes. Cut along the steep W side of a brush covered Hogback, this is a great evening ride during the "Off Season" or an early morning ride in the summer if all you want is a mellow ride.

This is a brand new trail, so some technical challenges might spring up in the future, but in it's current state, it's a singletrack bike path. The offshoot trail "Indian Summer" offers a fun climb and a nice, smooth DH if ridden clockwise.

This is not a "destination" trail except for the fun factor of riding a level, buff trail for a newbie. But if you you are looking to throw in some extra milage to link up to an "epic" ride, than this is the ticket.

More Info: http://www.larimer.org/parks/ParkAreas.htm

User Reviews (5)

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Guerdonian   Weekend Warrior [Sep 27, 2011]

This trail can offer plenty for everybody. The faster you ride the more challenging it becomes. The first 4 miles or so are good entry level trails. The further south you go the more technical the riding becomes as you enter devils backbone. Indian summer offers a nice loop and back trail option. Can be hot and exposed in the summer.

Customer Service

One common route is to head south on the trail system for a few miles and pass the fork for coyote ridge, at which point you take a short decent to a fire road where a sign is seen for "indian summer". This trail is a loop that will lead you bake to a lower part of the fire road, then take blue sky back to the trail head.

Many also ride to the top of the first ridge close to devils backbone and double back at this point. This is marked by a moderately technical ascent with a couple switch backs, and a great view at the top. A loose decent on the other side of the ridge is the beginning of more rocky terrain. There is a nice shade tree with a bench prior to the climb, one of the only spots on the trail with adequate shade for a break from the heat.

The full length of trail will take you to the devils backbone trailhead in loveland. I recommend the west fork of the two trails at the blue sky - devils backbone junction as it is more groomed and manageable.

Similar Products Used: Devils Backbone, Shoreline, Youngs Gulch, Hewlett Gulch, Fort Collins Foothills trails, Horsetooth and Lory State parks.
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Farmer Ted   Cross Country Rider [Dec 27, 2008]

This is a great cruise-y singletrack trail and you can ride parts of it REALLY fast (20-30+mph) so even though it's not a technical monster it can really give you a speed fix if you want one. The other thing I like about it is that there are rewards going both ways. If you come from the Devil's Backbone side there's a couple nice downhill sections and a great 'pump' type section for the last mile and a half or so before you empty out at Horestooth Reservior. If you're coming from Horsetooth there's a long (around 2 mile) gradual downhill with lots of high speed potential on the way back to the Coyote Ridge "T". If you ride it from Horsetooth to the Backbone trailhead and back it's about a 19 mile ride and if you want that technical fix, you'll definitely get it in the Devil's Backbone section. This (paired with Devil's Backbone and the Indian Summer trail) is my favorite ride in the Fort Collins area (tied with some of the stuff at Lory State Park and Horsetooth Mtn Park. Just stay the @#&#$&* away from this trail on weekends...it is a mess. It's a great ride on the weekdays or late in the evening as its getting dark.

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I do this one of two ways...Start at the Devil's Backbone trailhead in Loveland and ride DB to the Blue Sky trail Take the Indian Summer loop clockwise and reconnect to Blue Sky then ride it the rest of the way to the Horsetooth inlet and back (I skip Indian Summer on the way back). Or start at the Horsetooth side and do just the opposite. With the Indian Summer loop in there it's about a 21 mile out and back. If you want to you can throw in part or all of the Coyote Ridge loop for a few more miles and more climbing.

Similar Products Used: Some of the trails at Horsetooth Mtn Park are fun but be prepared to climb!!!! Trails at Lory State park are good as well...especially the ones connecting to Horsetooth. Also in the area are the Pineridge and horsetooth "A" trails which can be connected to make a pretty decent loop.
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Andy   Cross Country Rider [Apr 05, 2007]

As described here, this is roughly up to 30 miles of out and back singletrack with a couple of different entry-exit points along the way between the Horsetooth area of Fort Collins and the Devil's Backbone area of Loveland. In between, you can add the short "Moab Loop" at Coyote Ridge, the "Indian Summer" loop off of Blue Sky or the highly technical backside of the Devil's Backbone - where you can also find water if you work your way out to the parking lot - keep that in mind as this trail can be blazing hot in the summertime. There is only one spot of shade on the entire ride.

The Blue Sky portion, while not technical, definitely offers a great workout and hours of great riding. This trail is kind of unique for this area as it's the only one that features dozens of short climbs and short descents. It's a very swoopy-flowy trail. Everything else on this side of the reservoir with the exception of Nomad and the valley trails in Lory / Horsetooth and the new Bobcat Ridge trails are climb, climb, climb, descend. From that aspect, this is a great XC trail that never fails to work me over. Don't be fooled - there are a couple of pretty good climbs on this trail - especially leading back to Coyote Ridge. If you're not an experienced ride, you may have to walk a few sections.

Watch out for hikers, horses, snakes and herds of sheep. Ride kind.

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Park at the new Soderberg lot off of Shoreline. Directions: Turn right past the Canyon Grill on Shoreline and continue about 1.5 miles staying on the pavement to the Soderberg parking area across the street from the campground trail. Hop on the campground trail, go under the tunnel and keep going - turn around whenever you're ready or exit at Coyote Ridge or Devil's Backbone. If you're doing Indian Summer, the preferred route is clockwise - meaning ride past the first trailhead (going south) and jump on at the second one - that's also a great turnaround spot.

Similar Products Used: This trail leads to tons of other great stuff in Lory and Horsetooth parks. If you're not a local just ask other riders and you'll get the goods.

Indian Summer is a loop of roughly three miles. Ridden clockwise, it is a series of gradual, easy switchbacks with a nice, flow-y downhill section.
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timroz   Racer [Feb 24, 2007]

This is probably the most beginner / single speed friendly trail in the vicinity. Not nearly the climbing or amount of technical stuff as next door at the 'tooth. I only use this trail as a connector home from Horsetooth if I am looking to add some miles without the vertical. The last couple of times I rode it it was thick with runners and it can be a little tiresome stopping every few minutes for a runner to go past. It's easy to go fast on and there are lots of blind corners. Do it in the early AM or after dark in the summer or it will be crowded. Pretty good winter trail.

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Either way - both fast and fun.

Similar Products Used: All of them.
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subliminalshiver   Cross Country Rider [Jan 25, 2007]

The actual "Blue Sky" part of this trail is relatively ho-hum. If you were going to just ride the blue sky part of it. The true beauty of it is that it connects two great singletracky places together with a lovely ribbon of undulating single/double track and adds miles. The Blue Sky trail sits right in between Devils Backbone and Horsetooth Mountain Park. Ridden from the DB, this provides roughly 50 miles of lollypop goodness. The DB section can be very technical, and the HMP side has some terrific climbs and descents. String them together and pack a lunch. Better yet, find a buddy/shop guy/local to ride with- the HMP side has lots to offer and a little planning or experience in the area will serve best to create a loop with the elements you are looking for.

Customer Service

Start out at the Devils Backbone trailhead and head north. The trail is plainly marked, but be warned! Blue Sky is a sandstone oven in the heat of summer and there is no water available for the next 10 miles or so! Take Once you get out the Devils Backbone (technical, evil, odd-angled rocks) you're in for smooth sailing. Take the Laughing Horse loop for an added climb and fun descent.. just do this on the way out. The only other intersection out there is of the RimRock trail which connects to the Coyote Ridge open space. You can also start the trail from the Coyote Ridge parking lot if you'd rather not deal with DB. Continue north and you'll cross underneath a county road and wind through a campground to reach Soderberg open space. This will take you to HMP via the tower access road (aka the wall). Have fun at horsetooth, but eventually link back up to soderberg and find your way home via Blue Sky. Another note of warning! 2006 was a banner year for rattlesnake sightings in this area. Be aware that that stick you're about to bunny-hop might not be a stick. And the spiders are so big that their eyes are visible by flashlight.

Similar Products Used: Devils Backbone, Horsetooth Mountian Park, A-line, Fort Collins Epic...
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Justin06GT   Weekend Warrior [Nov 25, 2006]

Great one for all levels of riders, but advanced riders might get bored

Customer Service

either hook up from Devil's Backbone, Coyote Ridge/Rimrock, or Soderberg Trailhead

Similar Products Used: Devil's Backbone, Coyote Ridge/Rimrock, Indian Summer or Soderberg Trailhead
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Justin E   Weekend Warrior [Nov 20, 2006]

I'm a beginner and this trail was pretty fun, a few technical parts, there are some nice places to get a lot of good speed on too

Similar Products Used: Indian Summer trail, Rim Rock trail
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