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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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A variety of great hikes!

From an easy 4-7 mile hike in the valley to a more strenuous 9+ mile hike up the mountain with amazing views, the trails are well maintained and marked.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Fort Collins, CO
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Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The burns have really negatively affected the beauty of this park. Hiking and biking for hours west left us with unmarked trail clarity, no respite anywhere from heat- (Maybe a wood bench? Covered bench?) Only the first mile or so was 'paved' with a beautiful sugar-like stone- then there is nothing. Not saying the entire area should have these trails,... More 

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New York, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This is really a walking trail. There's just a view of the reservoir and some light bird watching. We stopped for about 30 minutes. It's not a big activity but a decent spot to stop. A nice picnic location with tables in the shade and bathrooms.

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Fort Collins, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

From an easy 4-7 mile hike in the valley to a more strenuous 9+ mile hike up the mountain with amazing views, the trails are well maintained and marked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I like this area because it is close to Fort Collins, scenic, and has a variety of trails depending on what kind of shape you are in. There is a flat hike to an old cabin, a more moderate loop where you will be in the trees for part of the time, and a more challenging hike that is more... More 

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Johnstown, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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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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