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Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: Mahogany Loop

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Soapstone Prairie: Mahogany Loop

Area Plains
Park/Forest Soapstone Prairie Natural Area
Trailhead Soapstone Prairie North TH
Distance Roundtrip 7.4 Miles
Elevation Start 6560 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 330 ft
Features Prairie
Dogs Allowed? No


Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is a beautiful area of rolling prairie, hills and areas of exposed soil and rock. The park is also rich in history and an important home to wildlife. There are terrific wide open views and some of the best unspoiled front range views left.

The Mahogany Loop is a lollipop loop trail, the loop part starts after 2.1 miles of an out and back trail. The trail meanders around where the plains start to rise and climbs up to a ridge. You walk along the ridge once you hit the loop part. The loop travels mostly along the ridge and circles around a valley which you cross over near where the loop starts. Once the loop is finished you hike back out the way you came in. This hike has amazing views, at points you get a great perspective where you can see the mountains, the foothills for miles and the plains rolling on and on, all at the same time.

Directions info

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Soapstone Prairie is about 28 miles north of Fort Collins. Part of the trip is over gravel roads so it will be slower travel. This is a very rural area so fill up your gas tank before heading out.


Fort Collins Soapstone Prairie Page
Trail Map/Brochure PDF


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