Hike to Horsetooth Rock

5 Miles Round Trip - 1440 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Horsetooth Mountain Open Space - Search Nearby - Added by Ryan Mckinney

Horsetooth Rock offers amazing views, especially at sunrise! The hike is only 4 miles from Fort Collins.

The Horsetooth Mountain Park Open Space is located just 4 miles from Fort Collins. The 2,886 acre park offers 29 miles of hiking, biking, and horse back riding trails.

Having taken both the multi use trail and the hiking only trail, I recommend the hiking only. This trail offers you the views and instead of being a fire road, it is a single track trail. The trail is very well marked with signs at each turn. Trail maps are located at the trailhead.

Parking is $6.00 per day and annual passes are available. This is a popular trail so it's best to arrive before 10 am. Dogs are welcome here but must remain on a lease. I noticed several dog stations as well. There are 3 designated backcountry campsites.

During the winter months it is a good idea to have some sort of traction. I brought my Kahtoola MICROspikes just in case and I am glad that I did! The only water is located at the trailhead so make sure you bring enough water for the entire hike.

The last photo is of an Aberts Squirrel. I rarely run into them and I have yet to take a decent photo of one. The first time I saw one, I had no clue what was in front of me. Including their tail the Aberts Squirrel can grow up to 22 inches long! I went home and googled "demon squirrel" and its photos popped up! They are very unique and fun to watch.

Looking for another quick hike, head over to Horsetooth Falls.

Tags

Fitness
Chillin
Photography
Running
Hiking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

Details

5 Miles
1440 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

Stay Nearby

Fort Collins, Colorado

Fort Collins / Lakeside KOA

Bellvue, Colorado

Ansel Watrous

Livermore, Colorado

Narrows (Co)

Livermore, Colorado

Mountain Park

Nearby Adventures

Hike to Horsetooth Falls

2.22 Miles Round Trip - 101 ft gain

Hike Arthur's Rock in Lory State Park

3.7 Miles Round Trip - 1150 ft gain

Hike to "The A" via the Foothills Trail

4.1 Miles Round Trip - 565 ft gain

Climb Green Ridge in the Roosevelt National Forest

9.8 Miles Round Trip - 2400 ft gain

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Awesome & Accessible

Had a great morning run/hike up this trail. Caught the sunrise and hung out with some deer. Just passing through Ft. Collins, this was the perfect way to get a taste of what’s around.

A Great Fort Collins Welcome

Great hike with absolutely phenomenal views of the north range. The 3-Mile hike to the rock has its mildly strenuous parts, but they’re nothing that can’t be tackled with a quick break in between. I’d recommend this to anyone visiting or new to the area.

A Fort Collins Classic

It's basically *the* iconic Fort Collins Hike; it can definitely get packed on the weekends from the main TH, but if you're willing to do a longer hike *and* go during the week you can even find some solitude.