Hiking & Biking Around Fort Collins, COPosted by Doug Smith on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 5:29pm.
There are a range of trails you could enjoy in Fort Collins. You can go hiking, jogging, biking or just go on a leisurely stroll. The trails are open all through the year, even during the cold months of winter, simply because snow is taken out and also the trails are well managed. Residents as well as students alike utilize the trails to commute. Be captivated with the beauty of the surroundings as it can allow you to forget you are in the busy area of Fort Collins. You will likely be indulged here if you prefer the outdoors.
There are accurate distance markers every quarter of a mile at the Poudre Trail and Spring Creek Trail. The Poudre Trail runs along the Poudre River with a distance of just over 10 miles between the Overland Trail at Lyons Park and also the Environmental Learning Center on East Drake. Over the next few years the trail will probably be expanded east toward I-25.
The Spring Creek Trail tracks the course of Spring Creek through the middle of various parks in mid Fort Collins and it's barely less than seven miles long. It runs from West Drake Road to the confluence of Spring Creek as well as the Poudre River, at which it connects to the Poudre Trail. Additionally, it passes through a new underpass of Taft Hill Road. This very popular trail continues onwards to Spring Canyon Community Park and also the Pineridge Natural Area. It is actually financed by the Conservation Trust (Lottery) revenue.
The Mason Trail acts as a hassle-free path in the central area of Fort Collins and is maintained by the Streets Department. It runs from Prospect Road to south of Harmony Road next to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad corridor. The trail, which happens to be 3.5 miles in length, supplies a secure and safe path for cyclists as well as pedestrians planning a trip to the north or the south of the city. The trail will likewise get connected to the other important trails within the city.
The Foothills Trail, which happens to be an earthen trail about 7 miles long, runs along the foothills parallel to Horsetooth Reservoir from Dixon Reservoir at Pineridge Natural Area to Reservoir Ridge Natural Area and Michand Lane. Encompassing the trail is rugged country. The Fossil Creek Trail currently goes through the Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area along Fossil Creek. It is extended to meet the Spring Creek Trail, and goes east to Fossil Creek Reservoir. It is just more than 5 miles long and will likely be extended as and when necessary permissions are attained.