Horsetooth Mountain - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

Horsetooth Mountain - Trail, Fort Collins, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

My only advice is to take the service road up and then pick one of the many single/doubletracks down. *********My real goal in posting for this trail is to get other trails in the Ft. Collins area listed. I'm fairly new to the area and the only other trail that I know of is Crosier Mtn. Fort Collins riders represent!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[Jun 17, 2014]
Art Tester
Weekend Warrior

Most of the trails are technical and fairly hard. It is a hard climb up one of the two service roads, which are wide and smooth, or a hard climb up one of the single tracks, which requires some walking over steps and rough sections.

Once elevation is gained, there are several great single track descents (Sawmill and Mill Creek are my favorites). The downhill is generally very technical and therefore rewards patience, careful brake control and good balance. For the most part, these are not high speed, carefree, descents. If you are looking for smooth packed, high speed runs you'll be disappointed.

The reward from these trails comes from the fantastic views and their technical depth. They offer a lot of complexity to build skills and stamina both uphill and down. Completing a loop leaves me excited to do it again to see if I can clear a few more obstacles, or go a little faster, or have the endurance to climb a little more so I can have a longer descent.

Customer Service

Soderburg to Sawmill is a hard climb with a technical descent, but a relatively short loop. A good starting route. Just be patient with the descent. Don't rush it or you'll end up in the brush.

A more advanced route, easily doable after work is Horsetooth main lot to Spring Creek to Mill Creek. An easy climb from the parking lot leads to a mild single track traverse. The trail then becomes a very technical climb to the summit of Mill Creek. This is a fairly long, challenging single track descent mixed with short climbs. Take a snack and be conservative. The route is fairly isolated, so injury or bike damage would be a frustrating walk out. Most fun with a partner so you can cheer each other on over the obstacles on the way up.

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4
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4
[Jul 13, 2007]
minouchi
Racer

I've tried to like Horsetooth Mtn Park, but the only thing I like about this place is there's a good fire road. The trails are washed out (mostly due to the gritty terrain) and harsh obstacles jump out when you least expect it. Not for beginners. Good for trials riders. The "recommended route" was the only half way decent ride I've had up here, but I still ended up having to walk a lot. But if you like big rocks and not being able to brake without skidding, this is the place for you.

Customer Service

Fire road to Audra Culver to Westridge Trail to Spring Creek to Wathen and back.

Similar Products Used:

Coyote Ridge, stuff up Poudre Canyon.

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3
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4
[Sep 10, 2006]
saintowner
Cross Country Rider

Wathen is a great section of trail within' HTMP. It's really as rad as you make it. Full-face worthy, IF there is no traffic that day. Wathen is more technical than most sections of MillCreek but shorter too. Lots of opps for skill building on this section of trail. Mind your pedal placement though, there are some sneaky bugers in there waiting to jump up and grab you. Overall a sweet little descent. Great reward after your climb up.
MillCreek is a super fast trail that's wide open in most sections. That is unitl you reach one of the many short climbs. They really get annoying after a bit, but they don't last long so just get over them and you have another sweet bit of singletrack waiting. HTMP side dumps you down in a valley though, so you have to climb out to get to the LORY section of the trail. In my opinion the Lory side is as fun if not funner than the entire section in HTMP. HTMP side does have about 20 little water-bars though that are great for launching and one big drop that's fun, but it's right before a tight right hander that is usually very loose and sketchy.
SpringCreek Trail in HTMP is probably the longest descent and fastest due inpart to NO climing. If you start from Towers Road you can really fly all the way down with just a couple technical sections. Fun Fun Fun.
There are many other trails to review within' the park but these are the must see's. Buckle that helmet stap and let em' rip. Worth the climbs. Really no EASY ways to get to the tops of any of these but if yer' lookin' for some sweet descents to tide you over till yer' next trip to the big hills, these will do. Also check out Timber in Lory.

Customer Service

Well, the recomended route would be a shuttle to Horsetooth Rock, and another shuttle to The top of Towers, BUT you'll have to climb and climb and climb instead. Can park at Soderburg lot for the Towers climb. Or HTMP lot for Wathen. Service roads up....You know the ways down.

Similar Products Used:

Maxwell, Timber, Michaud

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4
VALUE
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5
[Sep 11, 2004]
Fischman
Weekend Warrior

A good trail system close to town. The climb up the road from the reservior (about 700' in a under a mile) will definitely get your heart rate up. Then pick a trail and rip back down. Beware though--on my last ride, I had to stop and weit while a flock of wild turkeys crossed the trail. You might also have to pull aside for an equestrian or two.

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3
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 16, 2004]
Elijah
Cross Country Rider

Some of the best riding for intermediate/advanced riders on the front range, in my opinion. Many of the trails are best ridden in one direction. There are two ways to the top of the mountain, the service road which starts from the main parking lot, and the towers road which starts by Horsetooth Res. After climbing one of these, there are many good singletrack descents. Wathan and Mill Creek are the two best. Sawmill and Spring Creek are technical downhills. Audre Culver and West Ridge are very aerobic climbs. It is difficult to give a technical difficulty to Horsetooth Mountain since there are so many different trails, and there are good rides that intermediate riders would love, and there are many challenges for advanced riders. Some of the hills have alot of babyheads, and the trails get loose in the dry summer months.

Customer Service

My favorite ride is to go up the service road from the main parking lot and follow the trail to Wathen. Continue down Wathen and take a left at the bottom along Spring Creek trail. Follow Spring Creek Trail to Herington, and climb up Harington to a T and take a left at the T (still Herington, but also called Stout). When you get to the Towers Road, Follow the Towers road up to Mill Creek, then take a right down Mill Creek, and follow mill creek all the way into Lory State park. At the bottom of Mill Creek, take a right and follow the trail to Towers Road. Take a right and start up Towers for about a mile to Stout, and take a right on Stout. Follow Stout to Sawmill, and take a left on Sawmill. Follow Sawmill up to a T. There will be a cabin on the right. Take a left at the T, and a right onto Herington, and follow Herington back to Towers. Go up Towers for about 75 yards and take a left onto Harington/Stout. Keep following Harington. Stout will go straight, but you will take a right downhill to Spring Creek. Take Spring Creek to Soderberg and back to the car. The ride is around 15-20 miles, and has about 3,000 feet of climbing.

Similar Products Used:

Devil's Backbone, Young's Gulch

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5
VALUE
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4
[Dec 08, 2003]
Celeste
Weekend Warrior

I just went up here because I remember hiking there, but didn't remember what the trails were like. So I took the Soderberg and Horsetooth Falls trails, which looked fun. But unless you are World Cup caliber, you WILL end up walking quite a bit of this. Steps and more steps. It's a nice hike, but a good way to thrash your bike and smash your collarbone if you're a bit braver than I am. HOWEVER, the recommended trail...up the fire road and down Horsetooth Rock, ROCKS! The climb is straight forward and a great work out. The downhill is mostly doable. I was amazed at the things I looked at and went, "Oh, no WAY!" but was having so much fun I did them anyway. On the other hand, this route will only take you about an hour, which leaves you wondering if it was worth the 20 minute drive from Fort Collins (and 20 back). Although this trail is fun as heck, the shortness and lack of optional trails will keep my rating low.

Customer Service

Fire road up and Horsetooth Rock down.

Similar Products Used:

Devil's Backbone...much more variety in terrain and difficulty.

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2
VALUE
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4
[Nov 27, 1998]
Essam (switch)

This is a great, close to town area that you can ride many ways, I was suprised at how nice it really is, It's got single track, smooth and rocky, High speed fire roads and lots of climbing. Have fun!

Customer Service

Starting from the parking lot, head up the service road untill you reach your first left turn. Take this servise road till it meets a trail. Sorry I dont have al the names. Turn left on this trail and walk your bike up the stairs you will find. Here you come to a great section of rock, its sandy and steep but ridable and fun. This is the largest section of rock you will find in the fort collins area. Continue on untill you come to Wathen, take this trail down and have a great time!!! When you reach the vally you will find newly cut singletrack. Go left, I believe ist called Spring Creek. follow it and head towards the East Side Service road. now get ready for a killer climb to the towers at the top. When you reach the top go left and follow the ridge towards Horse tooth rock. You will eventually find the first fire road, go down, catch some air, go fast, but watch for hikers and cowboy types. Check map for names and try this route. It should take a couple hours.

Similar Products Used:

For more variations of this ride and info on other great trails in the area, pick up Roughcuts-Best Rides in fort collins, a book a friend of mine wrote. He's old and has been riding a long time, he knows what he's talking about.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 30, 1998]
Brad S

Very good riding and pretty technical for the foothills. Some of the climbs are tough (especially the service road) and the downhills are fast at times and difficult at other times.

Customer Service

Take the service road up and whatever you do don't miss the wathen trail. The service road is a brutal climb and unforgiving on a hot day. Once you turn left off the service road you will find occasional shade. You will reach a point near the base of the Horsetooth Mountain rock. Stash your bike in the trees and take the time to climb the left side of the rock until you are standing on top of Horsetooth Mtn. The view is incredible from both sides (east & west). On the way back down you should not miss the Wathen trail. This trail is steep and technical and a blast. There are a few spots where you will need to lean over the back of your seat and hang on. This trail is also moderately technical. Riding from town is a good warm up.

Similar Products Used:

In the same area you can ride the 'A' trail on the front side of the foothills. I would also make the drive up the canyon to Hewletts Gulch and even the Young Gulch trail.

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3
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 07, 1999]
Mark F

September 94 - June 98
At least once a week
Skill level Advanced (Mill Creek)
Intermediate/Advanced (Service road)
Begginer/Intermediate (SingleTrack/service)

Customer Service

At the north enterance of the park, follow past the main gate approx. 1/2 mile to a single track that follows next to the dirt road for the next 2.0 Miles. Pass the out houses at the top of the hill and continue riding for another 3 miles or untill you hit a service road heading towards the moutain.Take this 4 mile grind to Mill Creek Road (a extreme down technical down hill w switch backs and midsized rocks).

Similar Products Used:

Take the service road past Mill Creak to the very top

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 18, 1999]
kars

If you want to improve your skills or just want to ride some awesome trails Horsetooth and lory parks are the sh-- ! Great riding all day.
How many times can YOU climb to the top?

Customer Service

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5
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