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Lory State Park Small Loop

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Rank: #6 in the Fort Collins area
#66 in Colorado
#483 Overall
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“Grueling uphill leads to some insanely good technical downhill and flowing singletrack!”
Bryan Vernetson on Jun 28, 2013
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8.9 Miles 2,421’ Ascent 6,786’ High 8.5% Avg Grade
80% Singletrack -2,420’ Descent 5,443’ Low 18.8% Max Grade
Overview
This is a great link up in Lory State Park with some very technical spots and some good downhill that can be intimidating. Great singletrack toward the middle and end that rides really well. This ride is Mill Creek Link to Howard Trail to Timber Trail to Kimmons Trail to East Valley Loop.
Need To Know
There is some considerable hike-a-bike on Howard Trail if you do this ride in the clockwise direction. This is the norm as it is a very technical uphill!

There is a lot of equestrian use in Lory so be ready for horses and their bread crumb trail!
Description
Park at the far south side of the park and head out on the Mill Creek Link. You split off on Howard and the uphill is grueling while on this trail. There are significant portions where hike-a-bike is considered "the norm".

Once you summit behind Arthur's rock, the downhill is fairly technical with tight switchbacks, but good riding. Kimmons trail near the bottom is amazingly flowy and rides incredibly fast before you hit the East Valley Trail for a cool down back to the car.

Another option would be to ride West Valley Trail for a different (but similar) finish.
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5.0 (2)
A great way to experience both Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park.
near Fort Collins, CO
4.1 (14)
A short and casual ride, perfect for those after-work excursions.
near Fort Collins, CO
4.0 (8)
A great technical challege with scenery to make it worth the work.
near Fort Collins, CO

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 3.0 from 4 votes
Coming down some of the less technical downhill! (Fort Collins, CO)
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