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Day Hiking Trails List

Trail Name / Links to Descriptions 1-Way (mi) Rise (ft) Difficulty
Arapaho Bend Natural Area trail system. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. 2.0 loop    
Arthur's Rock Trail. (Lory State Park, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map (Trail #1).
See chapter "2. Arthur's Rock" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "2. Arthur's Rock" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description "Arthurs Rock Trail" under "Lory State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
1.7 +1,150 Moderate
Beaver Creek Trail #942. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Beaver Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide. B
7.4 +1,720 Moderate
Big South Trail #944. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "3. Big South" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "Big South Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See chapter "53. Big South" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
10.4 +1,110 Moderate
Bison Butte. State of Colorado land leased to Terry Bison Ranch.
See chapter "46 Weld County: Bison Butte" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Summits.
4.5 +300 Moderate
Black Powder Trail. (City of Fort Collins Gateway Natural Area.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.
See chapter "4. Black Powder Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "54. Black Powder Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
0.75 +500 Easy to Moderate
Blue Lake Trail #959. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 7.4 +1,500 Moderate
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.      
Brackenbury Trail #935. Formerly #1010. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Brackenbury Cabin Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.9 + approach +750 Strenuous
Browns Lake Trail #941. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Browns Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
5.7 +950 Strenuous
Camp Lake Trail #968 / 968.1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 6.1 + approach +2,040 Strenuous
Camp Lake Trail -- Upper #978. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach    
City of Fort Collins Trail System. CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map. CFC Natural Areas webpage. CFC Natural Areas map.      
Comanche Lake Trail #990. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Comanche Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.2 + approach +384 Easy
Corral Creek Trail #989. #944 on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Corral Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
1.3 -350 Easy
Coyote Ridge Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.      
Crow Valley Recreation Area Birding Trail System. USFS webpage. Trail and campground map. Trail of the Mourning Dove webpage.      
Dadd Gulch Trail -- Lower #988. Formerly #1015. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.5 +1,430 Moderate
Dadd Gulch Trail -- Upper #938. LandscapeImagery.com webpage. 4.9 +1,933  
Donner Pass Trail #926. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 8.9 +1,880 Moderate
Eagle's Nest Open Space Trail System. (Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR webpage. LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.
Elkhorn Creek Trail. No information available.      
Emmaline Lake Trail #945. Formerly #854. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Emmaline Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description under "Commanche Peak Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.7 +2,040 Moderate
Fish Creek Trail #993. Formerly #1009. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Fish Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
6.3 +1,240 Moderate
Flowers Trail #939. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Flowers Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
18.0 +2,350 Strenuous
Foothills Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC Natural Areas map. 6.8    
Fossil Creek Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map. 5.2    
Gateway Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.      
Grace Creek Trail #965.1. No information available.      
Granite Ridge / Molly Lake Trail #991. Formerly #174. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.7 +80 Easy
Green Ridge/Lost Lake Trail. Trail is Forest Road #177. USFS webpage. 17.0    
Greyrock National Recreation Trail #946. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "9. Greyrock Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "58. Greyrock Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
See chapter "1. Greyrock National Recreation Trail" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
3.1 +1,900 Strenuous
Greyrock Meadows Trail #947. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.6 + approach +1,210 Strenuous
Hewlett Gulch Trail #954. #947 on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "10. Hewlett Gulch" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "59. Hewlett Gulch" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.0 +420 Easy
Horsetooth Falls Loop. (Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.
See chapter "3. Horsetooth Falls Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado's Front Range.
3.4 loop   Moderate
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Trail System. (Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR webpage. LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.      
Horsetooth Reservoir County Park Trail System. (Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR webpage. LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.      
Horsetooth Rock. (Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.
See chapter "11. Horsetooth Rock" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
2.5 +1,500 Moderate
Hourglass Trail #984. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Hourglass Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide
4.6 + approach +2,500 Strenuous
Joe Wright Trail. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. 1.6 loop   Easy
Killpecker Trail #956. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.4 +1,740 Moderate
Kreutzer Nature Trail #936. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 2.1 loop +520  
Lady Moon Trail #985. Formerly #267. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 1.1 -190 Easy
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources Trail System. LCDNR webpage. LCDNR trails page. LCDNR map.      
Link Trail #963. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 8.8 +2,400 Strenuous
Little Beaver Creek Trail #948 / 948.1. Formerly #855. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Little Beaver Creek Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
6.9 +1,400 Moderate
Lone Pine Creek Trail #951. Away from the Grind webpage.      
Lookout Mountain Trail #934, Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #934-1. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 5.8 + 0.5 +2,110 Strenuous
Lory State Park Trail System. Colorado Parks & Wildlife. CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map.
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
     
Lost Lake Trail #982. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS quicksheet. 1.0 + approach    
Mason Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map. 3.5    
McIntyre Creek Trail #996. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 3.9 + approach +1,460 Strenuous
McIntyre Lake Trail #964. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet 1.7 + approach +2,400 Strenuous
McIntyre Trail #966. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 9.2 +1,540 Strenuous
McMurry Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFC Natural Areas map.
Meadows Trail. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. 4.5 + approach    
Medicine Bow Trail #965. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 15.3 + approach +2,800 Strenuous
Mirror Lake Trail #943. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Mirror Lake Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description under "Commanche Peak Wilderness" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
6.0 + approach +770 Strenuous
Montgomery Pass Trail #986. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "12. Montgomery Pass Trail (#986)" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "60. Montgomery Pass Trail (#986)" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
1.9 +1,000 Moderate
Mount Margaret Trail #167. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "13. Mount Margaret" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "61. Mount Margaret" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.7 +90 Easy
Mount McConnel National Recreation Trail #992. Formerly #801. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "14. Mount McConnell" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "62. Mount McConnel" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
2.7 loop +1,280 Strenuous
Mummy Pass Trail #937. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Mummy Pass Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
3.5 + approach +1,900 Strenuous
Neota Creek Trail #987. Mountain Travel Guide webpage. 1.3 +200  
North Lone Pine Trail #953. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.7 +1,320 Moderate
North Shields Pond Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFC Natural Areas map.      
Overlook Trail via Howard Trail. (Lory State Park, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map (Trails #2 & 11).
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description "Overlook Trail via Howard Trail" under "Lory State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
2.2 +1,220 East to Moderate
Pawnee Buttes. USFS trailhead webpage. ORIC trail map/description sheet (22).
See chapter "15. Pawnee Buttes" in Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "6 Pawnee Buttes" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
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1.68 +0.0 Easy
Pearl Creek Trail #950. No information available.      
Pelican Marsh Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA trails map.
Pine Ridge Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA Foot Hills Trail brochure.      
Pleasant Valley Trail.(Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR webpage.      
Poudre Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map.
See chapter "16. Poudre Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
10.1    
Power Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map. 3.9    
Rawah Trail #961. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 13.1 +2,883 Strenuous
Red Mountain Open Space Trail System. (Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR webpage. LCDNR brochure. LCDNR map.      
Reservoir Ridge Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA Foot Hills Trail brochure.      
Rimrock Open Space Trail System (Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.) LCDNR park webpage. LCDNR park map.      
River Bend Ponds Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.      
Roaring Creek Trail #952. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See section "H Roaring Creek Trail (Trail 952)" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
5.0 +2,130 Moderate
Running Deer Natural Area Trail System. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFC Natural Areas map.      
Sandbar Lakes Trail #972 / 972.1. USFS quicksheet.      
Sawmill Creek Trail #240. USFS webpage. EveryTrail webpage.      
Sheep Creek Cutoff Trail #983. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS quicksheet. 0.9    
Shipman Park Trail #974. USFS quicksheet. 6.9 + approach    
Signal Mountain Trail #928-2 / #928. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Signal Mountain Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See description "Signal Mountain Trail 928 to Comanche Peak Wilderness" under "Fort Collins to Estes Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
5.9 +3,272 Strenuous
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area trail system. (City of Fort Collins Natural Areas.) CFCNA webpage. CFCNA brochure.      
Spring Creek Trail. (City of Fort Collins.) CFC trails webpage. CFC trails map. 6.9    
Stormy Peaks Trail #980. Line but no number on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. Side trip to B17 crash site.
See chapter "17. Stormy Peaks Trail to Stormy Peaks Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
See chapter "Stormy Peaks Trail" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
See chapter "63. Stormy Peak Trail to Stormy Peaks Pass" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
3.2 +1,360 Strenuous
Swamp Creek Cutoff Trail #871. 4.0    
Timber Trail to Arthur's Rock. (Lory State Park, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map (Trail #3)
See chapter "13 Lory State Park Loop" in FalconGuides book Hiking Colorado.
See description "Timber Trail to Arthurs Rock" under "Lory State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
4.3 +1,180 Moderate to Strenuous
Trail #976. No information available.      
Trail #979. No information available.      
Trap Park Trail #995. Formerly #866. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "18. Trap Park" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes.
3.1 +500 Easy
Twin Crater Lakes Trail #962. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "19. Twin Crater Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book Pack Guide: The Best Fort Collins Hikes. 
See chapter "64. Twin Crater Lakes" in Colorado Mountain Club's book The Best Front Range Hikes.
1.0 + approach    
Well Gulch Nature Trail Loop. (Lory State Park, Colorado Parks & Wildlife.) CP&W trails webpage. CP&W trails map (Trail #4).
See description "Well Gulch Nature Trail Loop" under "Lory State Park" on Latitude 40 Degrees' Front Range Colorado Trails Recreation Topo Map.
1.4 loop +420 Easy to Moderate
West Branch Trail #960. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 6.7 +2,570 Strenuous
Young Gulch Trail #999. Formerly #837. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet. 4.9 +1,170 Easy
Zimmerman Lake Trail #977. Not on USFS forest map. USFS webpage. Poudre Wilderness Volunteers webpage. 1.0 +450 Easy
Zimmerman Trail #940. USFS webpage. USFS quicksheet.
See chapter "Zimmerman Trail" in Pack Guide: Commanche Peak Wilderness Area Hiking and Snowshoeing Guide.
7.1 +590 Moderate

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