Recreation Trails in Loveland

July 22, 2016

Colorado hiking trails are among the best in the world. Surrounded by the majestic Rocky Mountains, there is an abundance of natural wonders and wildlife around every turn. There are miles upon miles of hiking trails in Colorado, many of which are right here in and around Loveland.


Try These Hiking Trails in Loveland CO

There are miles of trails within the city of Loveland and more than 81 miles of trails in Larimer County. No matter what your physical fitness level is or how much experience you have there’s a Loveland, Colorado hiking trail you’re sure to enjoy.



Paved Perimeter Trail – Nearly the entire city of Loveland is encircled by paved hiking trails that span more than 17.5 miles. The Big Thompson River Corridor section is a nice scenic route with three parks to stop at along the way.

Other easy, natural trails to hike include:

  • Carter Lake Trail
  • Eagle’s Nest Open Space
  • Inlet Bay Trail at Horsetooth Reservoir
  • Pleasant Valley Trail
  • Ramsay‑Shockey Open Space
  • River Bluffs Open Space



Foothills Nature Trail – This 1‑mile trail is a portion of the Round Mountain National Recreational Trail located in Big Thompson Canyon. It’s easy to intermediate with a natural path and gradual increase in elevation. There are 22 markers along the way that provide a wealth of information about the natural surroundings and history of the trail.

Devil’s Backbone – Despite the ominous name, Devil’s Backbone is an intermediate natural hiking trail in a 2,198‑acre open area located just west of the city. It provides impressive, up‑close view of rock formations, geological landmarks and wide‑open views across the grasslands. Be aware that there are a few difficult spots and this is a popular area that is frequented by cyclists and horseback riders.



Summit Adventure Trail – The more difficult segment of the 4.9‑mile (one way) Round Mountain National Recreational Trail is the 4.5‑mile (one way) Summit Adventure Trail, which takes hikers up to the Sheep Mountain summit. The elevation goes from 5,743′ to 8,450′ at the summit. It typically takes 6‑8 hours to hike up and back down so plan accordingly.

Colorado trail hiking is one of the most popular pastimes in the state, but it can become dangerous if you don’t follow the recommendations, rules and regulations. Always heed warning signs when they’re out and never approach the wildlife you see along the trails. If you’d like to get caught up on all the latest hiking trail rules and regulations check out Chapter 12.40 in the Loveland Municipal Code.

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