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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

CR 32 C, Fort Collins, CO
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Ranked #11 of 33 attractions in Fort Collins
Type: Hiking Trails
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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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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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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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Be sure to sign up for a program with the Fort Collins Natural Area folks. We went on a night walk. They have one for families with children and one for adults. We went on the one for adults. It was the night before the full moon, a super moon in fact. It was two hours and an easy stroll.... More

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

The upper loop at Bobcat Ridge is, in my opinion, the best technical mountain biking in the Fort Collins area. Ridden counter-clockwise, it starts with a brutal climb up a powerline road, followed by several miles of upper intermediate technical singletrack. Expect lots of rock features and a few optional stunts. Dogs are not allowed at Bobcat Ridge at all,... More

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Hudson, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I have hiked here twice at night when there is a full moon and loved it. Never even knew all the prairie dogs were there until we hiked it during the day. They are so fun to watch! Also enjoy seeing all the mountain bikers during the day and what the view really looks like in the daytime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Loved the openness and view. I was able to let my dog walk on his or her leash while I bopped along behind

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Ginny trail is one of Northern Colorado's best mountain biking trails. The climb of the service road is extremely difficult but so worth it once you get to the single track.

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Much variety......open land, forests....this has a bit of everything. Easy family hike. Good for hikers, bikers, horses....everybody.

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