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Swan Johnson-Shoreline-Nomad Loop

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Swan Johnson-Shoreline-Nomad Loop

Area Fort Collins
Park/Forest Horsetooth/Soderberg Open Space
Trailhead Soderberg Open Space
Distance Roundtrip 3.2 Miles
Elevation Start 5448 ft
Elevation Gain ≈ 70 ft
Features Valley, Hogbacks, Reservoir
Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash


This hike is actually a series of connected trails to make a nice loop hike. The trail starts at the Soderberg Open Space Trailhead. Take the Swan Johnson Trail through a prairie area to a trail intersection. You can continue going straight onto the Shoreline Trail, which skirts the Dixon Cove on the west side of Horsetooth Reservoir. The Shoreline Trail will intersect with the Nomad Trail which you can take back the direction you started from. The Nomad trail is a little higher in elevation with some nice views of the cove and valley. The Nomad Trail will end at a trail intersection and you can travel about 0.2 miles east back to the Swan Johnson Trail where you can head out the way you came in. This is a very popular trail for hikers, bikers and horseback riders, so you won't get isolation but it is a pretty and easy trail close to Fort Collins. The Soderberg Open Space is part of the larger Horsetooth Mountain Open Space.

Directions info

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West of Fort Collins. Take County Rd 38E to Shoreline Dr on the west side of Horsetooth Reservoir. You'll reach the parking area after about a mile on Shoreline Dr.


Horsetooth Mountain Open Space Page
Trail Map/Brochure PDF


The link to 'Directions in Google Maps' will open in a new window and give you directions from your current location to the trailhead. You can also change the starting location in the top field of the directions area. Note that for some rural trailheads the directions could route you to the nearest address it has, which could be a half mile down the road.

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