North Loop Trail, Reservoir Ridge Natural Area Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This otherwise- typical foothills hike affords views to the west of Horsetooth Reservoir, to the east overlooking Fort Collins, and north into Wyoming. The northern terminus of the 9.6-mile Foothills Trail is located in Reservoir Ridge, and this small loop gives you a taste of that trail.
Begin by hiking up Reservoir Ridge, which, in fact, is a ridge that serves as the eastern rim of Horsetooth Reservoir. Expect to see other hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians on this close-to-town trail. This area is part of the Dakota Ridge, which refers to the entire length of the first ridgeline along the Front Range between the high plains and the Rocky Mountains. Much of this ridgeline has the classic hogback form with a hard layer of Dakota Sandstone lining the very top of the ridge."