It took us three months but we finally ventured out for a our first local hike in early November. I’m honestly glad we waited as we had the first snow of the season and views of Long’s Peak were much better!
Local hiking is about a 20-minute drive to the trail heads which are located on the West side of Horsetooth Reservoir.  It may not seem like it but hikers gain 1500 feet in elevation over the 2.5 miles. I can see why some of our friends told us to wait until the fall. It can get hot in the summer and the rattlesnakes sun on the rocks.
Easy Hike:
To Horsetooth Falls
1.5 hours round trip ~2.25 miles.
Moderate Hike:
To Horsetooth Rock:
3 hours round trip ~5 miles. Final height –  7,256′.

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