Hike into the new semester with these five spots

Dallas Head

Fort Collins has many well-known outdoor activities to get involved in, including biking, swimming and fishing. Hiking, however, seems to have a special place with Rams on campus. Here are a few of the many places to go hiking and see the beauty of our little corner of ColoRADo.

1. Seaman Reservoir


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Since the hot weather seems to be staying for awhile, cliff diving into cool waters is a refreshing way to cool off. Seaman’s is the perfect place, with cliffs that go straight into the reservoir. The hike is only one mile long, and it is located in the Poudre Canyon. The drive is about 15 miles northwest of Fort Collins worth it for a free swimming pool with access to a rocky diving board.

2. Poudre River Trail

Collegian file photo
Collegian file photo

The Cache la Poudre is a popular river running through all of Fort Collins. The river runs next to a trail that is accessible for both bicyclists, walkers, runners and fishermen. According to PoudreTrail, it’s over 21 miles long with specific locations for fishing. This easily accessible trail is fun for anyone who isn’t looking for something too difficult to accomplish.

3. The Big “A”

Photo Courtesy: Colorado State University
Photo Courtesy: Colorado State University

Almost all students have participated in the painting of the large “A” on the side of the Rocky Mountain foothills just west of Hughes Stadium every year. It is a tradition held since the University mascot was an Aggie, not a Ram. Do not be too discouraged if you missed the painting, because access to the trail is quick and easy. The trail is only about three miles long with a slight increase in elevation, and students can see the famous “A” that is a part of this school’s rich history.

4. Arthur’s Rock

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This is not as easy of a trail, and is located in Bellevue, which is about a 15-minute drive south of Fort Collins. The trail is about three miles long to the top and back. Hikers are more than welcome to bring their dogs and bikes for the trek. Students can also visit it year-round, and with clear visibility, could even see Pike’s Peak, according to SummitPost.

5. Horsetooth Rock and Waterfall


Collegian file photo
(Collegian file photo)

One of the most talked about places on campus, Horsetooth Reservoir and rock, is near Fort Collins. The Harmony and Taft Hill intersection going west runs to Horsetooth Mountain Park and will connect you to the trails for hiking. The hike is on the difficult side, since the length of the hike to the end is about seven miles. However, the waterfall at the end is worth it for students with ambition.

Collegian Reporter Dallas Head can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter @water4rams.