This past weekend was house-cleaning day. It’s the day my folks clean up me and Edmond’s fur. I supervise, and my brother sleeps. We didn’t go anywhere, so it gave me a chance to ponder past adventures. With the cloud cover, it reminded me of cooler days back in Northern Colorado.
On this particular outing, we stayed fairly close to home by hiking a trail near Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins. The lake offers 6.5 miles of water to boat on, swim in and fish. Nearby is the Horsetooth Falls trail, a 2.5 mile easy to moderate hike. If you live in Loveland like we did, you would follow Taft North to Shoreline Drive and turn left. Continue on Shoreline Drive to Thompson Heights Drive. Look for signs.
If you are coming from Denver or south, you could take US-34 west or Eisenhower Boulevard to N Co Rd 27, head west on County Road 38 to Shoreline Drive. In either case, it is about 30 to 40 minutes’ drive. Your humans will need to pay $6 unless they have a Larimer County pass. Parking spaces fill up so get there early.
This trail can be busy and hot in the summer. Thankfully, we had some cloud cover. Do watch out for rattlesnakes when it is hot! Right away, the trail has spectacular views of the lake and mountains. It then winds its way up and around to the falls. The water flow is determined by how much snow pack or rain the region has had. The falls were trickling when we got there.
We sat on some cool rocks in the shade and enjoyed a break. There was a steady stream of people and my kind, so we said hello and struck up some conversations. We then made our way back down. It’s a loop that is friendly for most hikers of any age. As always, keep an eye on the skies. Colorado has had a hot and dry summer this year, but the usual is afternoon thunderstorms. They can sneak up on your quickly and become dangerous.
I used to love storms, but now they frighten me. I’m glad we got some rain here in Phoenix, but could it be quiet about it? Thank you.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, business consultant, executive coach, behavioral-wellness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!