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Tropics

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

This is a technical trail that was mainly a hiking trail. Recent trail maintence has made this trail more accessible to bikes. The trail has good down hill sections littered with big rocks. Small drops and rock steps abound. There is a technical climb in the middle of the trail, but it is followed by semi-steep rocky technical downhill with some very tight switch backs. Challenge yourself and try to ride them.
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Latitude
40.5915678902392
Longitude
-105.16173362731933
Trail Directions
Ride north allong Horsetooth Reservoir to the Horsetooth Dam overlook. On the right of the road the trail climbs a bank though a small stand of trees and forks. Take the right fork (the left fork is the michaud ln trail). Trail goes south to the tropics.
Trail Length
1+ miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ft. Collins
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 12, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: RIVER29 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is short and hard. I don't get a lot of winter riding in so at the beginning of the season I like to hit it hard and get back into riding shape. This is one of my favorite rides when it comes to a short hard push. There are lots of variations on this one so you can keep adding different sections. This trail is usually really crowded so once I've got my first few rides out of the way I usually opt for longer and less populated rides, However; when I only have an hour to hit the trail after work I might still find my way here to get a short ride.

Recommended Route:
Ride up from behind the stadium or head north from the dog park at the end Horsetooth Ave if you want to add some distance. Once you're up at the reservoir you can head back or cross the road and continue north on the single track. If you go north you can take one of several single tracks the drop down to the east. If you go down one of the first two ways you can ignore some "No Access" signs and ride back along the base of the mountains to where you came from.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bobcat Ridge, Lory State Park, Blue Sky, Devils Backbone, Hewlett Gulch



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Review Date
May 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: BikeWizard , from Tabernash CO

Summary:
Up is for trials riders, down is for the most advanced riders. The last time I attempted to conquer this beast, a poison oak jammed a branch in my butt-cheek on one of my many falls, and I was scratching for months. It's good to push the limits every once in an while and this one does it. It is very difficult to maintain speed on the upper part as there are several very loose talus zones with two and three foot drops. The switchbacks are usually on near 40 degree bare rocks with talus scattered on them. Gorgeous.

Recommended Route:
Take your pick, it's brutal either way. From what I understand the tropics has been nearly destroyed due to construction though, so there may be new options

Other recommended trails in the same area:
FT.Collins Epic



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Review Date
November 3, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Fort Collins, CO

Summary:
Starts out nice and fast with a couple rocky areas.
Then advances to about 6 technical switch backs, that
make the average rider walk. And finishes with a fast
rock filled trail down to the tropics climbing area.
Full of 1-2 foot drops off rocks. There is only one bad thing about the trail, and that is the short area of climbing in the middle. Has a couple spots that are difficult to climb mainly due to rocks.

Recommended Route:
Same as above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The A-Trail behind the CSU stadium. This is more of a



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Review Date
October 30, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Flowbee , from Ft. Fungus, CO

Summary:
A great trail if you have the skills or a DH bike. I personally perfer this one for trail running, but it's never a bad choice to hit it on the way home from Lory.

Recommended Route:
Same as above...



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