Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail

Loveland, Colorado 80539

Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail

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"A nice family hike follows along the base of the Devil’s Backbone just west of Loveland."

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"This nice family hike follows along the base of the Devil’s Backbone, just west of Loveland. This is a great hike for the whole family—both two- and four-legged members. When hiking with both dogs and kids, be sure you have snacks and waters—even on shorter, easy hikes. Kids will tire often, so stopping for a snack break for both Fido and your child will be much appreciated. From the parking area, walk north on a road up to the trailhead kiosk. Grab a Devil’s Backbone Nature Trail map. The map explains local history, geology, flora, and wildlife surrounding the Devil’s Backbone area. Past the kiosk the trail follows a road leading to the Wild Lane Bed and Breakfast. Go right just before the bed-and-breakfast, following the sign for the Devil’s Backbone Trail, up to a gate."
"Ever noticed how many natural features are named with the devil in mind? Devil’s Tower. Devil’s Lake. Devil’s Rock Pile. And here, Devil’s Backbone. But the only thing devilish about this trail is the summer midday temperatures in this open space with few specks of shade. It would better be described as heavenly in terms of access, infrastructure, and vistas. Fill up with water at a trailhead spigot before starting on this loop, which should take an hour or less to walk. First pass a cottonwood-shaded picnic area and negotiate some steps and footbridges before accessing the Wild Loop of the Devil’s Backbone Trail. To your west is the obvious geological centerpiece of this land. The Devil’s Backbone, a so-called hogback ridge, juts up as much as 100 feet from the ground and continues for the length of the hike and beyond in a north-south direction."

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great trail whether you want a short easy hike or something a little longer, starts off easy and eventually gets a little more challenging but definitely worth the views:) also fun for runners and biking. don't forget to bring water and sunscreen:)
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Awesome rock formations to be seen, and good trails for hiking. If you mountain bike be aware that it does get A LOT rockier as you continue deeper into the park. Also there is NO shade at all here. Bring plenty of water, sun screen. There are a few blind turns and narrow ledges to look out for in one area. Overall a fun place to go, just try to get there early in the day to beat the heat.
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My husband and I hiked this trail as part of the total loop of connecting trails of the Devil's Backbone. There is no shade, and it was hot! It is well-used by trail runners and bikers. Just take more water than you think you'll need if you hike in the summer. Some trails in the loop were quite rocky and steep, but this section of trail was easy. We did not see any snakes though signs warned us to beware. There are lovely pristine views to be had if you care for that sort of thing. I'm glad I hiked it but not sure it would be worth doing again.

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1.5 to 2.5 hours
USGS Larimer County CO
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