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green Foothills-Pine Ridge Loop

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7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 328' 100 m
Descent: -328' -100 m
High: 5,287' 1,612 m
Low: 5,141' 1,567 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)


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A fun, fast ride for beginners with short intermediate sections.

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A multi-use trail for bikes, runners, walkers, and horses that runs along the foothills with short climbs and descents and generally good trail conditions. Some sections of the trail have been over-leveled for runners and have lost character in the past 2 years. Side trails to Spring Canyon Park and connectivity with the remainder of the Foothills Trail System makes for ride extensions. Bring your eastern friends to see prairie dogs.

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Parking is located at the north and south ends (across a small hogback on the south) and in the middle just off Country Road 42C.


Start at the north end and take the Water Tank Access Road from Banyan Road to the fork in the trail at the base of the foothill. Take the left fork and head south on the Foothills Trail over mixed smooth and slightly rocky singletrack. After a hard left and a rocky, short descent to the Stadium... grab some air, but don't land in the irrigation ditch as those concrete culverts hurt. Head south past the parking lot and cross the County Road.

Go through the small gate on the south side of the road and at the top of the small climb, veer right through the trees and along the shore of Dixon Reservoir. Watch for bald eagles in the trees and fishing in the lake.

Climb away from the west side of the lake over a small bridge, then head south again. At the fork, go right on Timber Trail and up a short, increasingly steep climb. Don't go around the rocks for erosion control - hop them, you know it's good for you!

Follow the rolling singletrack in and out of the pine forest and take advantage of little jumps and fast rocky patches. Travel due south until the trail bends to the left on South Loop Trail and eventually back to the north. Follow the single to doubletrack on Valley Trail through the prairie dog colony. Side trails to the right head to Spring Canyon Park. At the south end of Dixon Reservoir, either stay straight on the singletrack and cross the dam, or head left and re-ride part of your outbound trail (both part of Reservoir Loop Trail).

After the dam, its the same trail you took out all the way to Banyan.


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Jan 13, 2019
Shane Carlson
Jan 5, 2019
Jake Broderick
Sep 15, 2018
James McAllen
Sep 2, 2018
Scott Elias
Aug 19, 2018
Adam Center
Aug 15, 2018
Seth Dorris
I’m so out of shape climbing wise 5mi
Aug 8, 2018
Max Kahn
Aug 4, 2018
Brian Hagman
Great for a first ride when you come for 900’! 5.2mi

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  2.9 from 26 votes


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Beren Goguen
Fort Collins, CO
Beren Goguen   Fort Collins, CO
This is a good intro ride for beginners and a quick, easy ride for anyone looking to get in a few miles after work. Expect to meet up with a few hikers and/or other bikers as you make your way through. I actually prefer to ride the western portion as an out and back, rather than a loop, since the eastern portion isn't nearly as much fun. Try doing the loop once in both directions or combine with Maxwell Trail for a pretty solid evening ride. Jul 2, 2013
Jordan Oroshiba
Fort Collins, CO
Jordan Oroshiba   Fort Collins, CO
This is an easy ride, although when the grass is tall rocks can pop out at you fast. Lots of trail runners and often people on horses out here, but a good place to start out. Aug 24, 2018

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