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Foothills - Maxwell Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.9 (58) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great after work flowy/technical singletrack ride with amazing views of Horsetooth Reservoir.


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5.9

Miles

9.4

KM

70%

Singletrack

5,659' 1,725 m

High

5,193' 1,583 m

Low

658' 200 m

Up

656' 200 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

This trail is rideable all year, but can close due to muddy conditions after snow.

Overview

Great short ride with flowing singletrack and some technical uphill sections. All rideable and a blast to ride after work with friends. Great views of Horsetooth Reservoir and Lory State Park across the way.

Description

Park at Maxwell Natural Area and ride north behind what is left of Hughes Stadium. You cross over the Foothills Trail and continue up through a small valley to Rotary Park past the "A". Then ride up to the overlook north of Rotary's parking lot and link up with the Shoreline trail that dips down to the reservoir and continues north.

Once you make it to the parking lot with swimming area you'll double back and head south back to the meadow at the top of the Maxwell uphill section. Head back down the way you came back to the Maxwell Natural Area parking lot.

Contacts

Shared By:

BryanV Vernetson with improvements by Derek Louis and 1 other

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  3.9 from 58 votes

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Photos

Looking northwest at Horsetooth - summer 2020 during the fires.
Oct 12, 2020 near Laporte, CO
The post that separates Foothill and Maxwell trails. Go right and up the hill to Rotary Parking lot. Cross over CR23
Jun 16, 2020 near Laporte, CO
The first of a few rock stairways as you head back to Sunrise Parking lot.
Jun 16, 2020 near Laporte, CO
Head left on the re-entry to foothills trail, down hill and next to the lake all the way back.
Jun 16, 2020 near Laporte, CO
The view south from near the top of Maxwell Trail
Jul 20, 2013 near Laporte, CO
Rock garden section on the descent of Maxwell trail, small rock steps to left and right of the bike pictured.
Nov 17, 2019 near Laporte, CO

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Sep 15, 2021
Brooks
5.9mi — 56h 00m
Aug 27, 2021
Eric Newman
Jul 29, 2021
Andre Wiltenburg
Apr 5, 2021
Sean Kane
Dry and fast 10.1mi
Nov 13, 2020
Sam Lockwood
9.8mi — 1h 49m
Oct 7, 2020
Coe Stemple
big improvement in technique. lots of fun places to progress here 5.9mi — 2h 00m
Sep 23, 2020
Eric Bratschun
Aug 28, 2020
Bryan Carpenter