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Level: Advanced
Length: 30 mi (48.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +1,724/1 ft
Total: 174 riders

Mountain Biking Horsetooth Mountain Park

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#284 of 1,354 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#3,107 in the world

Some of the best riding on the front range, mix of singletrack, fireroad, as much technical as you want, as much uphill as you want....and down !


First added by yrtek on Feb 17, 2006. Last updated Jul 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
Horsetooth Mountain Park Take Harmony west toward the mountain, go throught hte front range hills 5 miles on the right, the parking lot is there
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Rider questions

Q: I am looking into a new full suspension machine. For demo purposes, I have selected a Giant Trance 650b and a Specialized stumpjumper 29er, I want to do West Ridge, Spring Creek, and Wathen as a loop. How is that? Any particular direction or suggestions for the demo ride?
A: Those don't link up too perfect as a loop, but you should absolutely ride DOWN Wathen. If you do that, the top of the Wathen trail is at the Westridge intersection. Assuming you are coming from the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trail Head, I would do the following: -Head up the South Ridge Trail from the parking lot. -Continue onto Soderberg Trail. -Take a left on Spring Creek Trail. -Continue past the sign for Wathen. This is the "bottom" of the trail. -Climb to the 4-way intersection at the top and turn left on Towers Trail. -Make your next left on to Westridge Trail. -Turn left on Wathen and enjoy. -The rest is up to you, but I'd assume you would just retrace your steps once you got back to the Spring Creek Trail. Check out the very easy to read Larimer County map: http://www.larimer.org/naturalresources/htmp_map.htm

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  • Gdb49
    Reviewing Wathen Trail:

    Someone cleaned this trail up after a season of too much rain and took some of the character out of it. It is starting to come back now. Super fast, with some tech thrown in.

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  • bigAD

    Fun trail. Bring cash for the pay lot.

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  • Scott1982

    Hit west trail and east trail loop.
    It was a lot of fun. new to the mtb scene an road biker so not a lot to compare to.

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  • bradcollinsbjc

    Amazing riding 10 minutes outside Fort Collins. Highly recommend riding Wathen in the downhill direction. Trails are well marked but a map is helpful to find your way back to the trailhead.

    There are certainly sections of trail that are almost unridable due to large rocks and loose conditions, but overall these trails are a ton of fun with endless views of the city or RMNP. If you park in the main parking area, be prepared for a lung buster up the gravel road. Don't worry though, it's worth it!

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  • Eiden
    Reviewing Nomad:

    Nomad was a great way to get back to the Jeep after riding through the rest of the park. It was a fun, easy and flowy little piece of singletrack through a meadow with some cool views of one of Horsetooth's inlets. Several people had mentioned seeing rattlesnakes on trail during the course of the day, but we didn't run into any.

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  • Eiden
    Reviewing Towers trail:

    Totally agree with the others - this is a lung buster - but oh so worth the climb as it is the backbone of the trail system. The trail is pretty wide but the grade is steep - enjoy!

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  • justin70
    Reviewing Spring Creek trail:

    Rode downhill from Tower trail.
    Lots of rocks, roots, water bars etc.
    Didn't really enjoy it at all.
    Absolutely do not recommend riding up this - would be tough going.

    Quite a few hikers on this trail, as it is near the falls.

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  • justin70
    Reviewing Mill Creek trail:

    Quite technical - rocks, roots, drops, water bars.
    Very quiet - no hikers etc
    A few loose sections.

    Fun, but it keeps you awake!

    I rode downhill from towers trail. Not sure how fun it would be as a climb - less, I think.

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  • justin70
    Reviewing West Ridge trail:

    Rode up-hill from south ridge.
    More interesting and challenging, in comparison.
    Technical difficulty is getting up there - keeps you awake!
    Fewer walkers on this trail.

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  • justin70
    Reviewing South Ridge Trail:

    It is not super-fun, but it must be done to get out of the trail-head.
    Steady gradient allows a tempo, and just keep on pedalling!

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  • justin70

    I parked at the listed trail head (horsetooth mountain)' which does not seem to be recommended as your only option is South Ridge both out and back.

    Great mix of trails of varying difficulty, in a fantastic natural environment. Like the atmosphere of the place.
    Trails are well marked.

    Lots of hikers around horsetooth rock. Most seemed to be young, hot females on a weekday - so I was unnaturally lost, and prepared to ask for directions for a change! Lol

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  • vbeckman74

    This park is awesome, but not for the bronchially challenged. We rode the twin loops as they are described in the new CO guide by Hickstein. He puts a lot of thought into his routes.

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