Wathen Trail

4.63 out of 5
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↑ 2,400 ft
↓ 2,500 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Wathen is an awesome singletrack that offers a technical challenge for even the most experienced mountain biker. This is just one of many trails that are clearly marked in the Horsetooth Park 10 minutes from downtown Fort Collins. To access the trailhead, proceed up the service road (dirt and closed to traffic) and follow this for approx 2 miles up the mountain. At this point the road ends and you can either loop back by turning right or turn left and continue up the ridge another 150 feet where you will intersect the Waltham trail. If you stay on the Waltham trail it will eventually loop back and drop you back on the service road you road up where you can either bomb down the road or take the really sweet technical singletrack that is next to the sitting bench .75 miles up the access road. This singletrack has multiple man made stairs that makes for a great way to end the ride!
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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 (8)


December 10, 2016
Gdb49 Gnarly  
Review: 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.

Bunny Hop

August 5, 2015
BHallinCO Bunny Hop  
Review: Probably one of the top 3 descents in all of the Front Range. Lots of little rock drops, root ledges and a little flowy singletrack mixed in. Also, no real traffic coming up hill so you can rip it. If only it were twice as long. To include this in a great loop, take Spring Ridge up, Audra Culver up (great technical challenges), down Wathan, up Herringtons/Towers to Mill Creek. Mill Creek down (another outstanding descent) out to Shoreline back out. Fantastic ride in Horsetooth.

Similar Trail: White Ranch


April 11, 2014
vbeckman74 Gnarly  
Review: Cool singletrack in the Horsetooth system. Best ridden west to east.

Similar Trail: Foothills Trail

Granny Gear

August 8, 2012
Best trail at Horsetooth Mountain Park. It can be ridden up or downhill cleanly (if you have big lungs). My favorite loop is park at Soderberg. Ride up Towers trail to the very top, taking a right, right before the towers. This takes you around the top of the towers to the south. From the clearing there is an unofficial trail that will take you down to northwest ridge trail (after 90% of the climbing). Take a right (go south) on northwest ridge trail. Then take a right and cruse down Watham Trail. Take a left on Spring Creek trail and head up it a little bit, and then take a right on Herrington and ride it up to Towers trail. Take a right on Towers trail and ride it down to your first left which will be Herrington agaian. Take a left on Loggers and then a right onto Sawmill. Take a right on Shorline and finish the ride back to Soderberg Trailhead. Most steep technical in shortest amount of time

Similar Trail: Ginny Trail (Bobcat Ridge)

Bunny Hop

April 28, 2012
sniswend Bunny Hop  
Review: Great trail, fast with some technical areas. Good trail but not my favorite in HTMP.


June 13, 2011
Beaker Gramcounter  
Review: First of all - it is "Wathan" not Waltham.....it is inside HTMP and is one of the best trails in the area. Best way to experience is to go up the HTMP service road and then bomb down Wathan. You can then hook up with Lory SP and with a little extra climb hit the best that Lory has to offer - namely Sawmill and Loggers. We usually park at Soderberg and ride up the road to HTMP before starting the service road climb.

Granny Gear

November 7, 2010
gsg9911 Granny Gear  
Review: I had an absolute blast going downhill! Also, the scenery was amazing! The route I took also had alot of shade. Unfortunately, I went up the exact same way I came down.

To go up, I took South Ridge Trail to Soderberg Trail (via Horsetooth Rock Trail) and took Wathen Trail heading west. After Wathen, headed north on Westridge Trail for a mile or so (that's where I quit). In general, this route was very steep and technical going up.

The uphill was mostly difficult due to steepness and the corresponding difficulty in keeping momentum through technical spots. I think it's an outstanding place for intermediate riders (like me) or even advanced riders to hone their skills without getting too frustrated, but I still had to get off the bike and hike often. Going downhill kept me on my toes with the technical aspects, but felt very safe, even at speed. If you go, do yourself a favor and take a camera.

Similar Trail: Timber Trail, Dadd's Gulch

Granny Gear

May 1, 2008
seahorse Granny Gear  
Review: I absolutly love this trail. It is a sweet single track that can be ridden up or down. Obvioulsy down is more fun! It has some techincal challenges. But remember: on the service road as you are going down, do not use the trail by the bench as it is for hikers only! It is a recent closeure to mt. bikers. The staff can provide you with a map that tells you where you can bike.

Similar Trail: Hall ranch with the nelson loop, fruita

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