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Bobcat Ridge Natural Area

Cr 32 C, Loveland, CO, Loveland, CO
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Hiking-with a restored historic cabin.

Nice, easy trails. Beautiful view of the mountains. Restored historic cabin open to the public... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
vickiebrewer
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Fort Worth, Texas
No geocaching

I received a pretty rude email from some ranger informing me the geocache I placed was illegal... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2017
eedoonan
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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Bobcat Ridge is a great natural area for everyone!The trails are arranged in several loops which makes short and long excursions fun.The Valley Loop Trail is about 4 miles and crosses a grassy valley and goes through ponderosa pine forest. A historic cabin is about 1 mile from the trailhead and it's a great destination for families (shade, picnic table and vault toilet there) or those wanting a short hike. There are nice views and the trail to the cabin is ADA accessible grade with a firm natural surface.If you are up for a challenge, the Power Line Trail (about 1 mile) is quite steep, but you will be rewarded at Mahoney Park with granite rock formations and views of snow capped peaks (no bikes downhill on Power Line Tr). The Ginny Trail (4.6 miles one way) is designed for cyclists and it is a challenging mountain bike trail. On the way down, check out the ramps, jumps and other "technical trail features". The Ginny Trail goes through the Bobcat Gulch fire area, which makes for dramatic scenery and an open setting. One time I visited when the burnt trees were covered with a dusting of snow and it was very dramatic with the black trees and white snow. No horses allowed on the Ginny Trail. Equestrians will enjoy the D.R. Trail, 3 miles long, no bikes allowed. The trail is wider with more gentle grades which makes it great for horses! Very nice varied scenery from forest to views.The Ginny, DR and Powerline Trail all lead to Mahoney Park, a nice meadow destination. Free activities and events are offered year-round at Bobcat Ridge from stargazing to nature hikes for kids.
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Cr 32 C, Loveland, CO, Loveland, CO
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Nice, easy trails. Beautiful view of the mountains. Restored historic cabin open to the public. Horse trails too.

Thank vickiebrewer
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I received a pretty rude email from some ranger informing me the geocache I placed was illegal. Evidently geocaching is not allowed in "Open Spaces." Well, that is really dumb, but ok...I didn't know. I was told I had ten days to go get it...More

1  Thank eedoonan
Management response:Responded 15 February 2017

Thanks for the review. We shared your comments with the Rangers.

Reviewed 11 September 2016

I went on a night hike that was very informative and enjoyable! The leaders were knowledgeable and friendly. A wonderful time, I will go back again when I get the chance.

1  Thank sclogs73
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Bobcat is a well maintained nature area. It is mostly open space so if you go in the summer be sure to go early morning or evening to avoid the heat. You can take a nice stroll and see wild flowers and plants or there...More

Thank HikingT
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Bobcat Ridge is a nice, natural area near Masonville, Co., which is just due west of Loveland. It is only about 15 minutes from my house to the trail head. The trail is shared by horses, hikers and mountain bikers and features lots of wild...More

2  Thank Goatesians
Reviewed 27 May 2016

If you head up the Tower, DR or Ginny trails and go to the top of the ridge, you ascend about 1300ft in a couple of miles. As you get further along the trail, you feel far away from civilization. Depending on the time of...More

Thank Ody G
Reviewed 18 May 2016

Nice, relaxing walk through this natural area. It is a treeless, expansive place and beautiful. Watch for snakes.

Thank CoachJo
Reviewed 13 April 2016

First time hiking Bobcat Ridge Natural Area. Hike to the cabin and the valley loop trail. First part of the trail was in great shape; it was a little muddy back in the trees.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This is a wonderful, easy walk (not too much up and down, but long if you want that). You almost feel like you've discovered a secret valley. There's history here, tucked among the red stone ridges. I went with a group of women and we...More

Thank Kathy_art
Reviewed 12 February 2016

I like going here to snow shoe and hike in the summer. It's not super busy like some of the other popular trails in Colorado. Excellent for children, as it's not over challenging. Lots of birds to look at.

1  Thank Jigstyles
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