Foothills Trail

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  3.3 from 7 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 6 votes
Rank: #2 in the Pineridge Natural Area area
#677 in CO, #5,783 Overall
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Trail in the area near Laporte,
“A tour of the foothills just outside Fort Collins, CO.”
Bryan Vernetson on Jul 24, 2013
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9.214.8 milesKilometers 932’284 m Ascent 5,659’1,725 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
Singletrack Type -1,036’-316 m Descent 5,104’1,556 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
1:57 average time for 8.0 miles. Details

You can ride south to north or north to south since the trail rides well in either direction. You can park at Dixon Reservoir or Claymore Lake and ride the full length or you could start in the middle and do two out and back rides as well to spice it up and get a good mix of ascent and descent.

In between College Lake and Reservoir Ridge there are some pretty technical sections for the uphill and steep downhill.

Through the Maxwell area section there are some technical areas with skinny singletrack and significant obstacles, but all doable for an intermediate rider.

Other than these two areas, the trail is flowing single and doubletrack with good speed and awesome views.
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4.2 (5)
A great way to experience both Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park.
near Fort Collins, CO
4.2 (6)
Grueling uphill leads to some insanely good technical downhill and flowing si...
near Fort Collins, CO
4.1 (21)
A short and casual ride, perfect for those after-work excursions.
near Fort Collins, CO

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PHOTOS of Foothills Trail
  3.0 from 4 votes
The view south from near the top of Maxwell Trail (Fort Collins, CO)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Riding next to Horsetooth. (Fort Collins, CO)
  2.8 from 4 votes
Panoramic of Horsetooth Reservoir from Rotary park. (Fort Collins, CO)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Maxwell Natural Area (Fort Collins, CO)
  1.3 from 3 votes
Trail runners abound (Fort Collins, CO)