Last weekend I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take a hike at Lory State Park. The park sits between the foothills of the Rockies and Horsetooth Reservoir, just west of Fort Collins, Colorado. It has twenty-six miles of hiking trails.
My plan was to hike up to Arthur’s Rock, a summit in the park with a great view. Shortly after starting up the 1.7 mile trail, I decided to save Arthur’s Rock for another day and take a more leisurely path. Although it was almost sixty degrees, there was still thick ice on much of the trail because it’s shaded by trees and rocks.
I chose to hike the Shoreline Trail, hoping it would be mostly dry, which it was. The Shoreline Trail can be reached from the same parking lot as the Arthur’s Rock Trail. The path is only about a mile long with little elevation change. The Shoreline Trail starts in a grassy meadow, winds through red sandstone hogbacks, then down to the shore of Horsetooth Reservoir. To the west hikers can see Arthur’s Rock and to the east there are nice views of the six mile long reservoir. The trail ends at Horsetooth’s rocky and sandy shoreline.
On the way out of the park I stopped to check out the Waterfall Trail. The trail starts behind a pavilion on the west side of the road near the park entrance. The short, easy, .1 mile trail goes over a couple foot bridges and passes a series of small waterfalls. The Lory State Park website says that the waterfalls only flow in Spring and early Summer, but there was some water flowing when I was there last weekend (end of January). I’m assuming there were a few cascades running due to the warm temperatures and melting snow. I’m sure this trail would be cool and refreshing in the Summer, but it was muddy and icy last weekend…., but still pretty.
I’m hoping to return to Lory State Park in the near future to hike the Arthur’s Rock Trail as well as others. When I do you’ll find out about it here.