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Coyote Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.63 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

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.
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Latitude
40.4579195465031
Longitude
-105.11547088623047
Trail Directions
Take College to Trilby Road and go west until it dead ends. Then go south and the trail is on the right hands side of the highway.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fort Collins
   


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Review Date
June 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: nq1234 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Blue Sky, Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory.



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nq1234 (06/08/2011)
here is a map of the area;
http://www.co.larimer.co.us/Parks/images/bluesky_trail_bb.pdf
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Review Date
October 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MTBiker483 ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Any

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bobcat Ridge, HMP



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Review Date
March 27, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mollystocks ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
No idea, I am not from the area.



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Review Date
April 28, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: jradin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.?



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Review Date
March 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Kona Rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devil's Backbone (LOveland), Horsetooth Mountain, the 3 gulch trails (Hewlett, Young and Dadd's) up the Poudre.



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