October 2, 2015
I’ve already covered the basis of the Horsetooth Mountain hike, so here is the end. Once you are out of the forest-covered area and onto the open, rocky terrain, you still have a long way to go.
Its another half hour to forty-five minutes to reach Horsetooth Rock itself, and climb up it. For many reasons, this is tough.
First, you are tired from the long hike you’ve already had and you know you still have to go back down.
Second, it is getting on all fours to climb up the last bits of jagged rock and cliff sides. I’m not kidding, one wrong move and you will never be seen again.
Third, I went with a large group of people, and a dog, of which some did not make it all the way. And there was no possible way that the dog could without being carried. There was a lot of waiting and organizing who was going up while another person was coming down. It was great teamwork for sure though.
Lucky for me, on this day, there was little wind and no cold to battle. We laid out on the top of Horsetooth for about an hour and just talked, staring at all that lay before us.
The view is great and the hike is fun, but the end is killer. I didn’t realize how long it would take either, so make sure you have a few hours of time. I think the beginning is for anyone moderately physical, and the end is definitely more difficult.
Wear the right shoes, bring water, and have fun!