Foothills Trail

Maxwell Natural Area, Colorado

Distance8.3mi
Elevation Gain2,778ft
Trailhead Elevation5,207ft
Top5,664ft
Elevation Min/Max5130/5664ft
Elevation Start/End5207/5207ft

Foothills Trail

Foothills Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Fort Collins, Colorado. It is within Reservoir Ridge Natural Area and Maxwell Natural Area. It is 8.3 miles long and begins at 5,207 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,778 feet. Reservoir Ridge Trailhead and another parking are near the trailhead. Exit Wall, North Slab, Ship's Prow, Nipple Wall, Scoop Area, Bolt Wall, and other cliffs, the Tiger Rock, Mental Block, Penny Boulder, and Eliminator Boulder stones, and the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area recreation ground can be seen along the trail. There are also a swimming pool, shelters, parkings, and picnic sites along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Alt Line, Overlook Trail and Reservoir Ridge Trail.

Foothills Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Foothills Trail travels through three city natural areas, as well as county recreation areas along Horsetooth Reservoir, and features a wide variety of foothills topography with ponds, hills, valleys, climbs, and descents and great reservoir, city, and mountain views. It is an intermediate mountain biking trail but is easy to negotiate on foot. Making the entire round-trip on foot would be challenging; enjoying pieces of the trail is more fun."

"The trailhead sign for the Foothills and Reservoir Loop Trails could read “Welcome to Prairie Dog Town.” The southern half of this loop, which rings the 40-acre Dixon Reservoir, takes you through a prairie dog town. To the southwest you will see, as the name suggests, a pine- covered ridge. Easy is one of the best words to describe this trail.

Easy access. Easy hiking. Easy wildlife viewing. All of these factors contribute to the popularity of the Pineridge Natural Area, which was part of the first purchase the city made for these natural areas, back in 1976. Expect to share the wide trail with anglers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. The reservoir is a reliable place to view bird life, especially Canada geese and ducks. Ospreys and bald eagles have also been sighted here."

"The Foothills Trail travels through three city natural areas, as well as county recreation areas along Horsetooth Reservoir, and features a wide variety of foothills topography with ponds, hills, valleys, climbs, and descents and great reservoir, city, and mountain views. It is an intermediate mountain biking trail but is easy to negotiate on foot. Making the entire round-trip on foot would be challenging; enjoying pieces of the trail is more fun."

"The Foothills Trail travels through three city natural areas as well as county recreation areas along Horsetooth Reservoir and features a wide variety of foothills topography with ponds, hills, valleys, climbs, and descents and great reservoir, city, and mountain views. It is an intermediate mountain biking trail but is easy to negotiate on foot. Making the entire round-trip on foot would be challenging; enjoying pieces of the trail is more fun."

"The Foothills Trail travels through three city natural areas as well as county recreation areas along Horsetooth Reservoir and features a wide variety of foothills topography with ponds, hills, valleys, climbs, and descents and great reservoir, city, and mountain views.

It is an intermediate mountain biking trail but is easy to negotiate on foot. The entire round-trip on foot makes a good running route; for hiking, enjoying pieces of the trail is more fun."

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Trail Information

Maxwell Natural Area
Nearby City
Maxwell Natural Area
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas, (970) 416-2815, fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/pineridge
Local Contacts
USGS Horsetooth Reservoir; City of Fort Collins Natural Areas map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018