South Bay to Inlet Bay Trail Project

Trail Advocacy – Horsetooth South Connector Trail

South Bay to Inlet Bay – APPROVED

Pineridge to South Bay – DECLINED (alternate route possible)

Declined trail is in RED; Approved conceptual trail is in BLUE; Existing trails are in BLACK

Agency/Trail System: Larimer County & Fort Collins Natural Areas

Status:  Proposed in 2016 – South Bay to Inlet Bay section has been approved conceptually in the Larimer County Reservoir Parks Master Plan update.  Pineridge to South Bay segment was declined…other options will be evaluated with other Larimer County departments.

Timeline:  2019 for South Bay to Inlet Bay section

Estimated Mileage as Proposed:  1 ½ – 3 miles

Targeted Ability Level:  Intermediate, foot and bike only

Project Description:  This trail would provide a much-needed trail connection from Fort Collins to Horsetooth Reservoir and Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.  The approved segment will provide a natural-surface trail connection from South Bay to Inlet Bay at Horsetooth Reservoir as well as a scenic shoreline loop around and over the peninsula.  This trail would provide outstanding views of the Horsetooth Mountain area as well as the reservoir.  The terrain would include unique rock formations, forested canopy, open grassland meadows and steep hillsides.

The proposed segment connecting Pineridge to South Bay would be an incredibly scenic shoreline trail between CR 38E and the reservoir, featuring a 300’ section of boardwalk bridge traversing a steep slope down to the lake’s edge.  Incredibly unique rock formations would be encountered along this route.