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Address: CR 32 C, Fort Collins, CO
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Description: Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged...
Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged in several loops which makes short and long excursions fun.The Valley Loop Trail is about 4 miles and crosses a grassy valley and goes through ponderosa pine forest. A historic cabin is about 1 mile from the trailhead and it's a great destination for families (shade, picnic table and vault toilet there) or those wanting a short hike. There are nice views and the trail to the cabin is ADA accessible grade with a firm natural surface.If you are up for a challenge, the Power Line Trail (about 1 mile) is quite steep, but you will be rewarded at Mahoney Park with granite rock formations and views of snow capped peaks (no bikes downhill on Power Line Tr). The Ginny Trail (4.6 miles one way) is designed for cyclists and it is a challenging mountain bike trail. On the way down, check out the ramps, jumps and other "technical trail features". The Ginny Trail goes through the Bobcat Gulch fire area, which makes for dramatic scenery and an open setting. One time I visited when the burnt trees were covered with a dusting of snow and it was very dramatic with the black trees and white snow. No horses allowed on the Ginny Trail. Equestrians will enjoy the D.R. Trail, 3 miles long, no bikes allowed. The trail is wider with more gentle grades which makes it great for horses! Very nice varied scenery from forest to views.The Ginny, DR and Powerline Trail all lead to Mahoney Park, a nice meadow destination. Free activities and events are offered year-round at Bobcat Ridge from stargazing to nature hikes for kids.
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Bobcat Ridge hiking

Sweet area near Loveland and Ft. Collins. Especially nice if you have limited time to drive to other hiking yet this area is worth visiting on its own even when you can go farther... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Johnstown, Colorado
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Johnstown, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Sweet area near Loveland and Ft. Collins. Especially nice if you have limited time to drive to other hiking yet this area is worth visiting on its own even when you can go farther away. One of Larimer Counties open space gems!!!

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Evans, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I've hiked here many times in the last year and have always enjoyed the outdoor experience offered here. There are various trails and rarely do I see a crowd. It's a great hike for the early season or if you are short on time and don't want to travel far. There is a cement trail which is ideal for families... More 

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Fort Collins
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This area is not only beautiful but uncrowded. great hiking trails and biking, but be forewarned one of the mt. bike trails is rated extreme. Best time in the spring and then fall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We've been here a couple times during various seasons. There's a variety of trails which include one paved one that is handicapped accessible. There was plenty of parking--no problem. Good place to take children or go out and clear your head.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I rode here quite often between 2008-2010. If you take the loop it is about 30min one way. It's a good workout, as the inclines in areas can be steep, but none of them are excessively long, so you get to rest as you bomb the back-sides. I would say the trail is of moderate difficulty as you won't encounter... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We came here last Saturday evening for a Nature Talk about Astronomy. Later, we had the pleasure of viewing the stars courtesy of the local Astronomy Club members. They brought their excellent telescopes, many of which were homemade. We got to view the stars, planets, and the International Space Station as it flew overhead. We saw shooting stars, and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Not over crowded, variety of trails for different level hikers. Plenty of wildlife (thanks to the no dogs allowed rule) and great views. Area is in excellent condition and well maintained.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lesser-used natural area in Larimer County just a few miles from the super-busy Horsetooth Mountain Park. Lots of trails, plus you're welcome to go off trail on foot. Free too. Just don't bring your dog - this is one of the very few areas that dogs are not allowed because of the sensitive wildlife resources. Llamas, horses and mountain bikes... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Bobcat Ridge offers a wide range of hiking and biking trails in the foothills near Masonville (west of Loveland & Ft. Collins). HIKERS - If you want an easy walk, take the fairly level grasslands pathway to the historic cabin. If you feel a bit more energetic climb a little and return to your car via a loop through the... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This natural area has several trails of varying difficulties. Well maintained paths. Many bird and wildlife sightings including a large prairie dog town on the Cabin Trail. This trail ends at a nearly century old cabin that one can explore. There is even a picnic table under the trees. Views in all directions are stunning. On another trail, it is... More 

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