Pineridge Natural Area Trails

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Trail Distance: 4.1 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 252 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

What could be sweeter than a day in the great outdoors with your fur-ever friend by your side? Check out the Pineridge Natural Area in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, for a hiking extravaganza! You and your pup will enjoy several trails located all in the same spot!

Pick up the trailheads for these interconnecting trails in two different areas. You can either park at the South County Road 42C lot and pick up the Reservoir Loop Trail and Foothills Trail, or head south a bit to the other parking lot trailhead for the entrance to Ridge Trail. Either way, there are a total of 7 trails within the Pineridge Natural Area that will offer you all the hiking you can imagine!

The Reservoir Loop Trail is a natural-surface path which runs along the east side of Dixon Reservoir. This loop will take you 1.8 miles in total, but will meet up with the Valley Trail and Foothills Trail at about the halfway point. You will be treated to spectacular views of the reservoir, Spring Canyon Community Park and the city landscape of Fort Collins.

Or try the Foothills Trail which has a portion of its 8.2-mile length that runs through the area. This section is about 2 miles long and will take you and Fido along the western side of Dixon Reservoir. The trail connects to Valley Trail and Timber Trail, both of which are approximately 1 mile long. In total, all the trails meander for 7 miles throughout the Pineridge Natural Area. 

Be sure to pack plenty of water when you and your pup hike here. Restrooms are located at the trailhead parking areas, and be sure to bring mutt mitts as well. Keep your puptastic friend on leash during your visit since you will be sharing this trail with bicyclists. 

Make Pineridge Natural Trails Area tops on your hiking-adventure list today!

Trail Features
Grassland, Mountains, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, Lake
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Rattlesnakes are common in the area during the hot summer months. Please keep to the trails to avoid these hazards.
Address
South County Rd 23
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Address
South County Rd 23
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun 5:00 AM - 11:00 PM