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Horsetooth Mountain

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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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Latitude
40.538068780531134
Longitude
-105.17074584960938
Trail Directions
Take the road up to Horsetooth reservoir from Fort Collins (I'm not sure of road names). Park at the Horsetooth Mountain Park lot, which costs $5 per day. The trailhead is right there as are maps.
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Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Fort Collins
   


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Review Date
June 17, 2014

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: Art Tester ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
July 13, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: minouchi ,  Racer

Summary:
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.

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Coyote Ridge, stuff up Poudre Canyon.



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Review Date
September 10, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: saintowner ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maxwell, Timber, Michaud



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Review Date
September 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
May 16, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Elijah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Devil's Backbone, Young's Gulch



Comments
papawheelie (03/30/2007)
To elijiah. Excellent recommended route. I rode it today (almost of it) and it was my first time. Thanks much for the great route selection. I never realized how sweet those trails are. Spring Creek and Wather are top notch.

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