Coyote Ridge - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

Coyote Ridge - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Long climb to ridgetop, follow ridgetop to a technical descent, to a single track across a meadow, followed another technical climb, to a smooth single track loop. 7 mile out and back loop. Nice ride close to home. Nice to have another option in the Fort Collins area. Trail can be crowded with hikers and rattlesnakes.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 07, 2011]
nq1234
Cross Country Rider

Pretty good trail in itself, with my intermediate skill level I can bike about 90% of it. There are two areas with large steps that IMO only hardcore riders could make it over(there is a sign that tells you to dismount). From the trailhead it is a steady rocky uphill climb almost the whole way to the top of the first ridge, about two miles. Then you bomb down into RimRock Open space, after getting past those steps. Go up the next ridge and do a small loop, I like doing it clockwise, but both ways are fun with pretty rocky ledges. The top of that loop connects to Blue Sky trail where you can go south to Devils Backbone or north to Horsetooth, and the Indian Hill loop is just to the south.

Customer Service

I like going up Coyote Ridge to the Indian hill loop than back the down Coyote for a fun ride with just the right amount of climbing and fun downhill, ~10 miles roundtrip.

Similar Products Used:

Blue Sky, Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 15, 2009]
XCRCR
Cross Country Rider

I love this trail. If you start from the beginning off of Wilson St. or Taft Hill Rd. in between Loveland and Fort Collins, it's really easy packed trail with some loose gravel for hikers, then after about a mile or so it turns steeply uphill. This is where it gets slightly more challenging. I ride with both my fork and rear shock locked out because it is really steep and rocky. Then the trail descends into a little valley and then you can cross onto the Devil's Backbone trail which ends in Loveland off of US highway 34. Fun trail but slightly challenging. I wouldn't recommend this to a beginner because it will turn into a hike-a-bike real fast. I would also ride a hardtail or xc bike.

Customer Service

Start in the Fort Collins side then cross onto Devil's Backbone.

Similar Products Used:

Devil's Backbone and Horsetooth reservior

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RATING
5
VALUE
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2
[Oct 25, 2008]
MTBiker483
Racer

This trail is one of my favorites, a lot of which has to do with how convenient it is to get to. Living in southwestern fort collins I ride to the trailhead and do this trail a few times a week. Most of the trail is pretty easy although it's pretty rock with some great climbs before the top of the first ridge. There is a loop at the end of this trail (before it hooks into blue sky) that is about a mile around and has some really fun technical spots - much easier to ride counter clockwise. I've tried it clockwise a few times but haven't been able to make it all the way without taking my feet off the pedals yet, but getting close.

Hook into the blue sky trail from the top of the loop (the stairs at the very beginning look daunting but I've been able to ride down them too) and head north to horsetooth reservoir for an easy paved ride back to town or come back the way you went. The southern half of blue sky is much more technical (and fun) and has some great scenery too.

Sometimes the trails in the area are totally packed with other people but even so it's a worthwhile ride.

Customer Service

Any

Similar Products Used:

Bobcat Ridge, HMP

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 27, 2008]
mollystocks
Weekend Warrior

This was my first time to ride this trail. The weather was horrible, sustained winds of 30+ mph. I was visiting so I had to ride. The climb was steep but do able. It was very packed so it was not as rocky as it could be in the summer. The back side of the first ridge was fun with some technical sections and then the stairs. The valley and loop to blue sky add some interesting rocky challenges. This is a trail where familiarity goes a long way. It was a fun ride but did not provide much room for error on the rocky sections. Once a week or every other week is as frequent as I would ride this trail. The trail is some what short so tying into Blue Sky or Devils Backbone may help add some riding time and mileage.

Customer Service

Just ride it. The loop at the end is most likely easiest in the clockwise direction.

Similar Products Used:

No idea, I am not from the area.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 28, 2006]
jradin
Weekend Warrior

It appears from the overlook at the western most point of the small loop that they're building an extension to the Coyote Ridge trail (towards Horsetooth/Lory). Anyone know where to find details of the extension schedule, map, etc.?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 10, 2006]
Kona Rider
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a lot of fun. Tough (but not impossible) climb and fun back side. It is a great training ride - ride to it from town (Ft. Collins or Loveland) and do the climb a couple times or the back loop a couple times. It isn't the most technical trail, but it will keep your attention. The back loop is tough and technically challenging, I have cleared everything once, but never all in one ride.

Also I do not know about the rattlesnake warnings. I have rode Coyote probably 60 times and never saw/heard one.

Like others have said there are horses and hikers on the trail (no dogs allowed) so please be nice and respectful of others and ride under control. Please do not ride on the trail while it is muddy or snowy. The horse tear it up pretty bad and we do not need to contribute to the impact of the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Devil's Backbone (LOveland), Horsetooth Mountain, the 3 gulch trails (Hewlett, Young and Dadd's) up the Poudre.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 28, 2005]
Fitboss
Cross Country Rider

This was a pretty tough trail most up hill and lots of loss rocks and sand. If you don’t ride that much and/or don’t have a suspension on you bike this will be a real challenge. Trail does offer some great views. And look out for the horse SH*T!

Customer Service

same as posted

Similar Products Used:

check'em all out.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2003]
Matt Pauly
Cross Country Rider

After reading the other post on here for the trail I decided to go out and give it run. The description of fire road to single track with a few technical climbs involved is accurate. I would second the rattlesnake warning but would add that at dusk keep an eye out for deer jumping the downhill part of the trail. The trail is an absolute blast to ride with a great mix of rock, clay, climbs and downhill. One side note, 2.5 tires with low pressure are the way to go for the return loop. I used all the travel on my bike as well.--5"front and rear.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 28, 2003]
Gary Mauch

Long climb to ridgetop, follow ridgetop to a technical descent, to a single track across a meadow, followed another technical climb, to a smooth single track loop. 7 mile out and back loop. Nice ride close to home. Nice to have another option in the Fort Collins area. Trail can be crowded with hikers and rattlesnakes.

Customer Service

out and back to a loop, can't get lost.

Similar Products Used:

Horsetooth Mountain Park, Lowry State Park, Pine Ridge, Maxwell

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RATING
3
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