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Fat Tire Bike the Foothills Trail

Fort Collins, Colorado

5.0/5
based on 2 reviews

Details

Distance

8.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type

Point-to-Point

Description

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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Features

Photography
Mountain Biking
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Reviews

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.

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

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Hike the Bellvue Dome

Hike to "The A" via the Foothills Trail

Hike Arthur's Rock in Lory State Park