Bobcat Ridge

Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

Bobcat Ridge

Bobcat Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Two historic homesteads and a mysterious teepee ring are among the waypoints on this moderate loop in the Masonville area. The eastern portion of the loop, to the Kitchen/Smith Cabin, is wheelchair-accessible. Two very different types of “homesteads” are on display at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. You’ll find the familiar log cabins, barns, and sheds associated with late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century attempts to work the land. There are old ranch structures near the trailhead, and out along the loop as well.

On the other hand, there’s a (probable) Ute teepee ring in the golden grasses above the cabins. The Utes didn’t stay in any single place for very long, moving with the seasons and the elk (and according to the necessities of never-ending wars with other tribes), but some of them apparently liked this place well enough to set up a nice teepee ring, with over one hundred stones. Possibly this was a lookout point."

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Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"One of the most recent additions to the Fort Collins natural areas system, this superb slice of foothills southwest of Horsetooth Mountain Park near Masonville almost makes you feel like you are in the red rock canyon country of Utah. The soaring cliffs and foothills, pretty rolling terrain, and quiet invite reverie. Arrive early if you want solitude. It is also sun drenched with little shade and so is not a good midday summer hike but is ideal for spring and fall. It offers easy mountain biking too at least until you reach the eroded sections where the rocks pop out. The recently opened Ginny Trail loop is an advanced mountain biking adventure that is steep and rocky." Read more
Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press)
Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh
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"One of the most recent additions to the Fort Collins natural areas system, the Bobcat Ridge Natural Area is a superb slice of foothills southwest of Horsetooth Mountain Open Space near Masonville that almost makes you feel like you are in the red rock canyon country of Utah. The soaring cliffs and foothills, pretty rolling terrain, and quiet invite reverie. Arrive early if you want solitude. It is also sun drenched with little shade and so is not a good midday summer hike but is ideal for cooler spring and fall days. It offers easy mountain biking too—at least until you reach the eroded sections where the rocks protrude. Ginny Trail is a moderate hike and challenging mountain biking adventure that features steep switchbacks and lots of boulders. It could also be called the Bobcat Ridge Fire Trail because its journey onto the higher slopes is through the middle of the area scorched by an intense fire that burned 70 percent of the forested portion of Bobcat Ridge Natural Area in 2000. The stark scenery is dramatic and offers a transitional sort of beauty that reminds us that the natural world is one of constant change. The trail offers commanding views of the red rock cliffs, the west face of Horsetooth Rock, and the foothills and plains stretching out to the horizon." Read more
Mountain Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides)
Stephen Hlawaty
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"Bobcat Ridge is one of the biggest rides in the Fort Collins area. Riders are offered commanding views of red rock cliffs, the west face of Horsetooth Rock, and the foothills and eastern plains. Bobcat Ridge provides riders of any ability with a variety of route options. The route described here captures much of what the area has to offer and is a burly ride by any standard. Joining the Valley Loop, Powerline, and Ginny Trails, this route incorporates most of the trails in the Bobcat Ridge area except for the Eden Valley Spur Trail and the D.R. Trail (which is closed to mountain bikes). Riding the loop counterclockwise delivers riders to a strenuous slog up the Power Line Trail, which adds much to this route’s physically challenging rating, before intersecting the technically challenging Ginny Trail." Read more

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I love this trail, recently started mountain biking and if you enjoy a challenge hit this trail! It's a steep ascent, about 1500 ft over three miles, but the view from the top is totally worth it, and there is even a couple of great places to sit and soak it in. The trail is rocky, but not too loose, providing a good challenge on the way up and a lot of fun coming back down. Lots of switchbacks and curves, making it a blast to ride down.
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Trail Information

Fort Collins
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Hiking, Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, 10184 CR 32C, Loveland, CO 80538; (970) 461-2700; www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/bobcat
Local Contacts
Bobcat Ridge Natural Area brochure, City of Fort Collins
Local Maps

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Dec 2018