Located in the adventure-filled Fort Collins, Colorado, Horsetooth Reservoir Trail offers cyclists a taste of challenges and variety. This 13-mile difficult-level, out-and-back trail combines rocky ascents, technical terrains, and fast descents to satiate the adrenaline junkie within. What’s more, it offers stunning views of Fort Collins, providing that perfect blend of nature and adventure.
The journey starts off rocky as it ascends to Rd 23 and Horsetooth Reservoir. Bikers beware—technical challenges are aplenty, particularly between College Lake and Reservoir Ridge, and through the Maxwell area. Expect skinny singletrack and significant obstacles that demand an intermediate to advanced skill level. But let's not forget the rewards—the unparalleled views of Fort Collins.
The downward journey is where this trail excels. A particular section by the stadium provides a fantastic opportunity to get some air. The descent is not only steep but also laden with technical areas that keep you on your toes.
Whether you start at Dixon Reservoir or Claymore Lake, the trail rides well in both directions. For those who crave variety, consider starting in the middle to get a good mix of ascent and descent by doing two out-and-back rides.
Horsetooth Reservoir Trail is a mixed bag offering something for everyone but best suited for those looking for a challenge. With its rocky ascents, technical terrains, fast descents, and stunning vistas, it clearly makes a mark as one of the must-try trails in Fort Collins. So gear up, climb that rocky ascent, and prepare for a ride that’s equal parts challenging and rewarding.