Pineridge Reservoir Trail – Dog Hiking
A popular foothills natural area where visitors can enjoy views of Fort Collins, foothills terrain, a reservoir and beautiful forest- all close to home.
This scenic dog-friendly trail is popular to dog walking enthusiasts, hikers, equestrians, anglers and bikers alike.
Pineridge is one of the original City of Fort Collins natural area acquisitions (acquired in 1976).
There are 7 miles of trails including a loop around Dixon Reservoir (1.8 miles). Pineridge is the southern end of the 6.8 mile Foothills Trail. The Foothills Trail connects Pineridge, Maxwell and Reservoir Ridge natural areas. Trail markers are prominent along the trail.
The trails can be accessed via parking lots on County Rd 42C approximately ¼ mile south of Hughes Stadium, and at the west end of Horsetooth Road (through Spring Canyon Community Park). Pineridge can also be accessed from Maxwell Natural Area parking lot off County Rd 42C. Authorities ask that patrons not park along the CR 42C roadway.
Access to the Trail is free and dogs must be on-leash at all times. If you plan on hiking the area, we recommend you bring plenty of snacks and water for you and your dog. Likewise, a first aid kit is great to have along in case of unexpected emergencies.
When using a retractable leash to walk your dog, be sure to keep it short enough to facilitate a good line-of-sight to your dog and what is coming up on the trail. Remember, snakes and other hazards of the wild give little warning before striking.
Keep your eyes out for diverse wildlife calling the area home. The trail offers lots of interesting sights for your dog to enjoy.