Hiking Horsetooth Falls Trail

Horsetooth Falls Trail

After asking many Denver locals for suggestions on what we should do while we were in Colorado, we noticed that everyone would tell us the same thing… “do something outdoors!” At this point I’m just going to throw it out there, I am not an outdoorsy kinda of person. I enjoy sightseeing, taking photos, but the high elevation of Colorado + female monthly problems + the heat (it was in the high 80s that day lots of people were hiking in bathing suits) = a very cranky Jen. Even with all of that combined, I knew that we could not pass up hiking in Colorado. Reluctantly, I agreed to go something outdoorsy… LOL

Since we were in Fort Collins, Jon’s cousins drove us to Horsetooth Mountain Park, and we all hiked the Horsetooth Falls Trail. This trail was 5800ft at its highest point and was about 2.5 miles round trip. It was steep, sometimes very narrow, and had nothing on the sides to catch us if we fell. While I whined all the way to and back from the waterfall, Jon’s cousins were saints and put up with all of it with a smile. Just imagine a person afraid of heights, not in hiking shoes, had Los Angeles lungs breathing in high elevation, wore jeans, extremely hormonal, and hiking in 80+ degree weather. They were saints I tell ya…absolute saints…hahahaha.

belgian malinois hiking

Here’s Jon’s cousins’ Belgian Malinois named Veronica, getting ready for the hike. She was such a trooper and was so good at finding the proper footing for the path.

Fort Collins Horsetooth Mountain  and Horsetooth Falls Trail

Colorado Horsetooth Mountain

hiking horsetooth falls trail

Horsetooth Falls Trail Mountain Park

The landscape was quite dry, but it was still very beautiful. Lots of people hiked with their dogs, children, and some even packed a picnic basket to eat by the waterfall. I didn’t take any photos of the little lake area because it was pretty packed.  Just imagine a two story, small to medium sized waterfall pouring cool and crisp water into a small lake. The area was shaded and had a nice moist breeze that was much needed after being in the sun. The way back seemed to go by pretty quickly (isn’t it always like that lol) and we stopped by Larkburger for an after hiking treat. All those calories burned were quickly replenished with delicious goodness.

Larkburger in Colorado

(right) The Larkburger with Tillamook Cheddar, fresh Black Angus Beef, lettuce, tomato, sliced red onions, and dill pickles served on a freshly baked Brioche Bun… DELICIOUS. (left) Truffle Burger, which is their Larkburger with truffle aioli made from scratch. Everything is better with truffle aioli. Lastly we shared an order of Truffle and Parmesan Fries. Hand cut shoestring fries, perfectly fried, tossed with Parmesan, Italian parsley, and truffle oil. MY GOD why don’t they have Larkburger here in Los Angeles?

Larkburger reminded me of a Colorado version of Umami Burger. More casual, simple, great prices, small menu, and straight to the point good food. The best way to describe Larkburger is if In & Out had a baby with Umami Burger. A delicious, well priced, truffle drenched, juicy baby :D .  What a delicious way to end a day hiking in Colorado.

Horsetooth Mountain Park / Horsetooth Falls Trail on TrailWiki / Larkburger Official Website / Larkburger on Yelp

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