Lory State Park

3.79 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 500 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
Lory has multiple trail choices. If you're looking for a technical ride with some steep hills, head west from the parking lot into the hills. If you're a beginner, go south into the long valley below, and explore the trails. Either way, you're sure to have a great ride. For those wanting a long ride, you can connect with Horsetooth Mountain Park to the south. The best thing to do in this park is to explore and have a good time!
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Howard Trail
Timber Trail
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Reviews (23)


August 6, 2018
Review: Great for a quick ride. Easy access and scenic. Can get very busy on the weekends with hikers and horses.


March 16, 2016
bigAD Trailblazer  
Review: A fun network of trails to ride close to Fort Collins. This area can be accessed from the Horse Tooth trail as we'll.

March 11, 2016
Review: Lory has something for everyone in the XC riding world. . . even a dirt jump/"skills" area. VERY expert climbs and descents, flowy climbs and decents, rocky, loamy, smooth and fast flowing valley trails (clay soils). . . . I think there's 18 miles of trail (mostly ST) for riding in Lory alone. . . . oh, and great views!

March 10, 2016
Review: There's 20 miles of trail to ride in Lory. . . why does it say only 7 miles?? Sorry, but seems a disservice to the community to "advertise" it on "singletracks" as only 7 miles. . . .

Bunny Hop

June 22, 2015
dbisogno Bunny Hop  
Review: Road the west valley trail out and back. It's an amazing warm up for an accomplished rider or good re/introduction for someone comfortable with some technical stuff.


November 30, 2013
guyinhead Gramcounter  
Review: The trails are well maintained and marked. They have something for every skill level. The view from the ridge is spectacular.
I started my ride at the Timber Group PIcnic Area and headed up Timber Trail. The Trail goes up hill until it intersects with West ridge trail. The climb on Timber trail was tough. I had to walk my bike for a while when I got into the tree line. That section has lots of rocks and tight switchbacks that were not being helped by the light snow on the ground. The second half of timber trail wasn't bad at all. I got off TImber Trail onto Howard Trail, and began my decent. Howard was technical. It had lots of switchbacks going down with so many rocks it began to hurt my hands. Don't let that turn you off to riding down this trail. It was a blast. Challenging but rideable. when I got to the bottom of the hill I rode the East & West Vally trail back to my truck. It was a easy trail with good speed, though a little crowded. I plan to go back and connect Lory Park Trails with the Horsetooth mountain trails. This park is defiantly worth a visit.

Bunny Hop

October 20, 2012
Grunk Bunny Hop  
Review: Lory is a great place to ride with something for everybody. (1)Beginner: Easy, but good flow. Park at Timber Group Picnic Area. Ride south on West Valley Trail it becomes South Valley Trail. Ride until you get to the houses. Return same way (best flow) OR return via East Valley Trail. (2)Intermediate: Moderate climb, fun rocky descent. Park at Timber Group Picnic Area. Climb Timber Trail until you reach junction with Kimmons Trail. Descend Kimmons Trail then turn right at bottom and continue as beginner ride. (3)Expert: This is true All Mountain riding. Park at Timber Group Picnic Area. Climb Timber Trail. Second half is steep switchbacks with small uphill obstacles. Descend via Howard Trail. Descent is steep with many medium rocks.

* Review edited 10/19/2012


October 13, 2012
alskoj Gnarly  
Review: We rode the Valley trail today (CCW). It was a bit chilly but not too bad for mid-October. The singletrack was smooth and flowy and there seemed to be more descents than ascents. Great trail for beginner to intermediate. Lots of downhill from the south part of the trail back to the trailhead. There's even a fun jump park on the east side of the park road near the trailhead. This 49 year old had a bunch of fun there. There is a park fee, but you can avoid this by buying the annual Colorado State Park pass. P.S. if you're an intermediate rider avoid the Timber Trail!

Similar Trail: Curt Gowdy State Park (a must visit!).


September 22, 2012
alskoj Gnarly  
Review: This review is for Timber Trail of the Lory State Park (not the Valley Trail). The Timber Trail starts out at an intermediate level from the parking lot near the visitor center, then after the sign that warns that the trail is for "Experts" only, it starts getting a little more difficult to a lot more difficult (and dangerous). If you're an advanced rider then continue on up the switchbacks to the top (and back down some more switchbacks). But if you're an intermediate rider you might want to skip Timber Trail and ride the Valley trails and bike park below. We are definitely intermediate but tried the Timber Trail anyways. We rode the majority of it but had a few crashes and ended up walking more than we wanted to. The scenery and views are awesome but the switchbacks are definitely challenging. Next time we visit Lory we'll stick to the valley trails until we can get our skills up.

Similar Trail: Blue Sky and Devil's Backbone, both of which are just south of Lory.

Granny Gear

July 10, 2012
Review: One of the areas best trails (minus the fact you have to pay to play here). Timber trail is a true single track with everything. Nice climbs, great decents wuth drops. You also get up close with the 2012 High Park Fire burn area. A must do trail.

Lory State Park MTB Trail 3.79 out of 5 based on 23 ratings. 23 user reviews.
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