Hiking in Fort Collins

One of the many fantastic things about Fort Collins is the plethora of open space recreation areas just a stone’s throw away from almost anywhere in town. But I can’t say that I’ve been taking great advantage of this until Katherine—who just moved back to Fort Collins a few months ago—started organizing weekly Sunday hikes.

Initially, our hiking “parties” included just four people. But as our Spanish conversation group grew, so did the number of people we invited out to our hikes. We now have a tight-knit group of fun and witty young urban professionals, many of whom are recent transplants to the area.

Usually we start out with a local hike of about 3-4 miles, and then return to a private restaurant for a post-hike dinner and conversation. We have quickly bonded! These are some of the hikes we have done so far:

  • Reservoir Ridge: our local favorite, one that we have hiked many times with a few variations. Dogs are allowed.
  • Coyote Ridge: No dogs are allowed but has some nice overlooks when you get to the top.
  • A-Trail (I’ve missed out on this so far but know it well).
  • Grey Rock (ditto)
  • Gateway Park: A nice hike in the Poudre Canyon that’s close for North Fort Collinsers like Noelle and I.

Below are photos. I’ll be adding more pictures to this collection as we do more hikes.

Katherine at an overlook near the top of Coyote Ridge. (October 7, 2012)Heading back down to the parking lot at Coyote Ridge. (October 7, 2012)Our second hike this year at Reservoir Ridge. Ali, Mauro, Colleen, Ryan, Hector, Katherine and Jason. (October 21, 2012)Our third hike from Reservoir Ridge. Here's Jason, Noelle, and Katherine heading down to the Horsetooth Reservoir. (November 18, 2012)Hector, Dani and Tracy coming up from the Horsetooth Reservoir. (November 18, 2012)"Let me in!" says Ramsey. (November 18, 2012)Just a bunch of butts. (November 18, 2012)Ali found a happy potato chip. (November 18, 2012)Our post-hike spread. (November 18, 2012)Safety first! Ryan wears my motorcycle helmet. (November 18, 2012)Noelle and dog Ramsey at Gateway Park in the Poudre Canyon. (November 21, 2012)Noelle and her cousin Chelsea in front of a "cave" at Gateway Park." (November 21, 2012)I've never seen the sky so blue," remarked Chelsea. Neither had I. (November 21, 2012)Pretty clouds. (November 21, 2012)Noelle sniffing a tree. (November 21, 2012)

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