The Perfect Pair
Four calf-burning, lung-busting, heart-pumping hikes and the summer brews that make them worthwhile.
Horsetooth Mountain Park and Odell Brewing Company
The Hike Horsetooth Mountain Park
You'll need a map to navigate the messy trails toward what locals call simply "the Tooth." Climb up Horsetooth Falls Trail—at the top of the hill, you'll have panoramic views of Fort Collins. Past a wooden footbridge and a short series of steps, you'll come to an intersection with views of the waterfalls. After you've snapped your pictures, turn onto the Spring Creek Trail, which you'll follow until you reach the Soderburg Trail. Turn left onto Soderburg, and then right at the sign for Horsetooth Rock, hiking past ponderosa pines and pink granite. Descend, following signs for hikers to avoid becoming road kill for the mountain bikers. (Near Fort Collins: Take I-25 north to the Fort Collins/Harmony Road exit. Travel west on Harmony Road around the south end of Horsetooth Reservoir, and look for the Horsetooth Mountain Park lot.)
The Effort 7.2 miles = 1,429 (men) and 1,130 (women) approximate calories burned
The Reward Odell Brewing Company makes some of the finest beers in Colorado—and has the best tasting room and patio to boot. Grab a pint of Easy Street Wheat. Calories: 151 per 12 ounces. 800 E. Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins; 970-498-9070