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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +642/ -653 ft
Total: 133 riders

Mountain Biking Coyote Ridge

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#204 of 1,348 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#1,596 in the world

This is a great trial for a long uphill endurance. The parking lot is right off of Taft Hill Rd, when you park you have about a 0.4 mile flat ride till you get to the base of the foothills. The climb begins there, uphill for another 1 mile or so. Then you will treverse across the first range of hills to an entrance to the next range. That is where the fun begins. It is straight up hill for another 4 miles or so, winding back and forth across the foothill. When you reach the top of the mountain you can see all of Fort Collins & Loveland, if you look west you see a beautiful valley.

I believe you can continue along the top of the mountain but I have yet to venture that. If you do please give me your feedback.

The ride back down is amazing, not too technical but a good downhill ride for about 4 miles.

Have fun.


First added by SpecializedInFortCollins on Jul 28, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Fort Collins, get onto Taft Hill Rd heading south towards Loveland, once you pass the land fill on your right go another 1.5/2 miles till you see the parking lot on the right hand side. From Loveland, get onto Taft Hill Rd heading North, if you pass the Fort Collins land fill you have gone to far, turn around and follow the directions above.
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  • bigAD

    A good mix of technical and climbing. Definitely connect with the Devils Backbone trail.

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  • jhart94949

    Great ride, good mix of technical stuff. I wasn't prepared for the elevation and the climbing kicked my butt

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  • brett.williams

    Coyote Ridge starts lamely, with a mile climb up a gravel road. But it gets much better! After that there is a mix of single and doubletrack with a wide range of difficulties and obstacles.

    For me this is a quick go-to ride near where I live with moderate aerobic and technical challenges, and connections to much larger trail systems.

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  • uber_franz

    The first section is a boring gravel road, but serves as a good warm up. Once you get to the hogback, the fun starts. The trail from there is probably 90-95% ridable with some steep stairstep sections that are pretty mandatory hike-a-bike, may be able to ride down, but would need some serious trials skills to ride up. Not super long (7 mi) unless you connect up to Blue Sky or Indian Paintbrush or Devil's Backbone. No dogs allowed which is a bummer...

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  • ****

    I rode coyote ridge to blue sky. The beginning is a great endurence trail thats not for the faint of heart. The small rocks along this bit are a good warm up for the later technical bits. These later parts are mostly fist sized loose rocks and slanted track. Although I had to redo some parts, I was able to complete it. Then you reach the second ridge, where you can enjoy awesome view of fort collins. Next is the worst part of the ride, which is about 20 steps that you have to walk over. But this leads to rolling hills and swooping single track. I didnt encounter many people, but I had to dismount for the couple that I did. Other wise an awesome ride.

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  • alskoj   ✓ supporter

    Had a nice Halloween day ride - 70 degree temps and hardly anyone on the trail. It varies between smooth and rocky, up and down. Great views. There are some steps that you'll need to hike-a-bike. I went CW on the lollipop loop. My neighbor confirmed that this is the best way to go.

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  • wrestle203

    went to coyote ridge via blue sky. the trail has everythinng from tough climbs with lots of small rocks and a blasting downhill.

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  • sniswend

    Fun trail close to home. Lots of loose fist size rocks and it can get busy at times. Good mix of technical riding and single track riding. Connects to Blue Sky and many other trails in the area.

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  • Timothyfluegge

    Rode this trail today, my last in CO for a while :(. It offers a ride variety of awesome riding conditions. It boasts steep climbs, tricky rock gardens, slickrock, and smooth flowy downhill. There are some beautiful sections of smooth flowing singletrack out here. The several vantage points offer neat views of the foothills. The only drawback appears to be the crowds during certain times of day.* Review edited 10/18/2012

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  • John Fisch

    The Coyote Ridge Open Space provides access to some great, nearly year-round riding. The initial slog up the dirt road isn't much fun, but by the time you hit the rimrock trail, you're on nice, sometimes technical singletrack. The climbs up the hogbacks are short but steep and provide a decent workout. After reaching the end of Rimrock, you can connect to Blue Sky and Devil's backbone for some epic distance.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Despite a lame gravel spin approach, there are great views, technical singletrack, and a sweet downhill which combine to make yet another amazing Colorado trail to ride!

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  • Hawkeye1846

    Great ride several options. Trail starts as a service rd turns into singletrack. Once on top of hogback you can access the Blue sky tail and ride south to Devils Backbone or north to Horsetooth MTN Park and Lory State park. trail is in Fort Collins, Loveland foothills not much tree cover. * Review edited 7/13/2007* Review edited 6/2/2008

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  • dauw

    Nice climb up a gravel road onto hogbacks. Make sure you continue on to the Rim Rock trail, where there is some both smooth and technical singletrack. Rim Rock Trail connects to Blue Sky trail on very west end. Nice combination of climbing road, and smooth and rocky singletrack. Good scenery too.

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  • ec6412

    Great trail, especially since it is close to my house. Once you get to the back loop, clockwise is a bit more technical uphill, and counterclockwise is more technical downhill. I'm still trying to ride the whole out section with the loop without stopping.

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  • mschoenly

    Good overall trail for a short ride, less than 90 minutes round trip for me. Awesome views with few people using the trail. Heed warnings for rider to dismount bike unless you are an expert or pro level rider.

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