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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

CR 32 C, Loveland, CO, Loveland, CO
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Wide Open Skies

Bobcat Ridge is one of my new favorite trail heads. I like the variety of trails where you can take... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2015
ColoradoSunshine55
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Fort Collins, Colorado
It's a nice walk, close to town. There are some deer and many birds.

It's a nice walk, close to town. It starts off fairly level and then goes to the top of a ridge... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2015
Lindahikes
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Loveland, Colorado
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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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CR 32 C, Loveland, CO, Loveland, CO
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Reviewed 17 December 2015

Bobcat Ridge is one of my new favorite trail heads. I like the variety of trails where you can take long hikes or short loops. I love being surrounded by red rock canyons. It makes me feel like I am in Utah.

1  Thank ColoradoSunshine55
Reviewed 12 November 2015

It's a nice walk, close to town. It starts off fairly level and then goes to the top of a ridge for a view. If you are limited for time, this walk can be fun. I have seen some deer on the hillside and many...More

1  Thank Lindahikes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

Bobcat Ridge is easier than the counterparts of Devil's Backbone or Coyote Ridge (also pretty easy). The trail is well marked and just has a few areas of moderately steep gradient. There are several variations, so check the information board at the trail head. Towards...More

1  Thank Goatesians
Reviewed 27 October 2015

HUBBY went off to hike on the 9 mile hike, and saw so much and enjoyed the gorgeous views, the trails were well marked, he took a fantastic photo of the view he enjoyed the most,, this is his third year visiting this site, I...More

2  Thank CloggieUsa2001
Reviewed 18 August 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...More

Thank booapeek
Reviewed 1 August 2015 via mobile

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...More

1  Thank SOldfield1121
Reviewed 8 July 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.

1  Thank Catherine J
Reviewed 1 July 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...More

1  Thank susantaylor33
Reviewed 21 April 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!!!

1  Thank Phll B
Reviewed 19 March 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...More

2  Thank Fred P
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