Fat Tire Bike the Foothills Trail

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Distance

8.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type

Point-to-Point

Added by Josiah Roe

A great workout with gorgeous views of Horsetooth Reservoir, Fort Collins, and the Front Range.

The Reservoir Ridge and Foothills trail system around Horsetooth Reservoir and Fort Collins is excellent for mountain biking, trail running, and hiking. During the winter it is particularly great for fat tire mountain biking, and the Foothills Trail is one of the best.

The trail itself is roughly a 8.5 mile point to point from the parking area at N. Overland Drive and Headwater Drive up and along the ridge overlooking the Reservoir down to the parking areas at either Banyan Drive or Dixon Canyon Road near the stadium in the Maxwell Natural Area. There are several other parking areas along the trail allowing riders to shorten the trip.

Further, the trail itself connects into several other systems including the Pineridge Natural Area. 

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Also Great During Other Seasons!

The Foothills Trail is also great for year-round trail running and hiking. Spring, Summer, and Fall are perfect for fast mountain biking flow. There are numerous nooks and crannies of rock outcroppings to explore along the trail as well.

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Explorer

over 2 years ago

EPIC

Nothing like bombing around the front-range overlooking Horsetooth and Fort Collins. A must-do in winter.

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