Pineridge Natural Area

3.20 out of 5
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↑ 600 ft
↓ 500 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The Pineridge Natural Area features a small lake (Dixon Reservoir), wetlands, a forested hillside, and prairie in a small, but beautiful basin on the western edge of Fort Collins. Because of the amenable trails, abundant wildlife , and proximity to Fort Collins, itís trails are used for all types of recreation. The trails in the area are part of a network managed by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas. These combine to make for some great riding that is within easy pedaling distance of town. The Pineridge area offers a network of over 7 miles of double and singletrack trails suitable for beginners and intermediates. Most trails lack technical challenge but offer some small steep climbs and fun fast descents on smooth trails. The timberline trail is the most popular and offers up some short rocky technical sections. Pineridge can be a destination for riding or can be a starting point for longer rides in the area. The Pineridge Natural Area is adjacent to other natural areas such as, Maxwell, and Reservoir Ridge and Larimer Horsetooth Reservoir offering additional riding opportunities.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (10)

Granny Gear

August 10, 2015
Ken Corley Granny Gear  
Review: Went here yesterday for my first ride ever and enjoyed it. Started at the Horsetooth trailhead. Mostly a smooth trail with a few mildly technical spots with rocks and roots, small descents and ascents. The end of the trail is mostly a descent and is the highlight of the entire trail. Great scenery, lots of flying bugs, some rain, some hikers.

Bunny Hop

July 7, 2015
dbisogno Bunny Hop  
Review: Around the reservoir is 2 miles. I recommend going clockwise around the reservoir as the descent on the west side is the the most interesting part of the trail. The east side is primarily double track. Another good option is to park at Maxwell, cross the street and ride the west side of the loop as an out and back. Combine with the lower part of Maxwell for a longer beginner ride, or use this loop to add mileage to a Maxwell ridge climb/descent.

Granny Gear

April 1, 2015
SamJo Granny Gear  
Review: I went there for the first time this week and was very happy with the trail. As a beginner hiker/mountain biker, the trail was very level and easy to walk. The prairie dogs that were everywhere were super cute chirping at everyone. It seems to be a very popular and highly populated trail.


August 26, 2012
wrestle203 Doubletrack  
Review: Trail was great for teaching my 8 year old how to desend and climb. great for beginners. watch out for hikers.

Granny Gear

October 23, 2011
rxp_rider Granny Gear  
Review: Great trail for beginners. Took my girl there for her first mountain biking trip. Its got very little elevation change, and the small roots/rocks are great introducing you to what you'll see on a "real" trail. I still enjoyed it, short and flows nice.


August 14, 2011
DanK_NoCo Doubletrack  
Review: A great place to take someone who's never been off trail. My kids, who just got their first mtn bikes, love this trail. There are a few steep spot where they can get a taste of what they'll find at other trails.

Bunny Hop

June 3, 2010
JokerFSU Bunny Hop  
Review: Smooth and fun afterwork ride. Busy with hikers, bikers and fishermen, but a worthy afterwork ride that will get you the fix you need. You can connect to a couple other trails and even get over to the park on Horsetooth road that has a fun trials course.


July 13, 2009
jmvdigital Gramcounter  
Review: Pretty smooth and easy. Rolling hills, a few short climbs. Mostly, it's a great place for a new mountain biker, or if you just want to get in a quick easy ride close to Fort Collins. Just because it's easy and short doesn't necessarily mean it only deserves 2 stars. It's all relative of who's riding.

* Review edited 7/13/2009

Similar Trail: Maxwell


December 10, 2008
John Fisch Epic  
Review: Unusually flat--zero aerobic factor. Almost rock free--near zero technical factor. Some stretches can be fun to push speed as they are buff and kinda swoopy. Really only recommended as a mileage adder in conjunction with other area trails. I give it only two stars not just because it's short and easy, but because it's not particularly interesting--there are other short easy rides which are more entertaining.* Review edited 1/4/2012

* Review edited 3/22/2012


June 18, 2006
dauw Singletrack  
Review: Smooth singletrack network. Nothing too technical, with some climbing onto the ridges. Foothills trail connects at the north end, north of Dixon Reservoir. Access that trail for a technical climb. If you need more for a workout, ride faster.

Pineridge Natural Area MTB Trail 3.20 out of 5 based on 10 ratings. 10 user reviews.
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