1 miles
Distance
53 ft
Climb
-668 ft
Descent
00:07:40
Avg time

Wathen Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Horsetooth Mountain
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (2 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #3310 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 75 in Trail Running
    • 85 in Hiking

Possibly the most technical ride in Fort Collins, Wathen is a rowdy descent with everything from technical rock sections, rock rolls, roots, tight corners and fast dirt. Wathen is best accessed by climbing the road up Southridge. This trail is technically bi-directional so keep an eye out for hikers as it's easy to get fast and rowdy going down Wathen.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Wathen mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -615 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,232 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,854 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,854 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,238 ft
  • Grade
    -9.8%
  • Grade max
    -72.96%
  • Grade min
    42.697%
  • Distance climb
    536 ft
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    255 ft
  • Avg time
    00:07:40
  • Avg reverse time
    00:23:50
  • view trail stats
Status:
on Sep 7, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 4.6 (10 votes)

view (2,008)
close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
ContributeDetails
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
      Directions to wathen trailhead (40.538710, -105.193610)
      update trails status or condition

      Wathen Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Sep 7, 2020 @ 6:15am
      Sep 7, 2020
      So many go arounds forming on this trail from noobs riding it. Sad to see it getting so wide but it's still pretty gnarly.
      Sep 2, 2020 @ 6:26am
      Sep 2, 2020
      The trail's black rating is well earned. Very challenging trail with lots of obstacles to navigate. Should only be ridden by advanced riders....
      Jul 25, 2020 @ 6:18am
      Jul 25, 2020
      Jul 20, 2020 @ 10:33am
      Jul 20, 2020
      Jul 18, 2020 @ 5:43am
      Jul 18, 2020
      view all reports » 10 social media mentions

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 25 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 558 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 686 rides
      •  

      Photos

      more »
      0 |
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 5:20pm
      4 hours
      150 |
      Jun 5, 2018 @ 8:53pm
      Jun 5, 2018
      194 |
      Apr 10, 2017 @ 3:30pm
      Apr 10, 2017

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Wathen Sawmill Loop
      10 miles
      Tour de Horsetooth descent
      12 miles
      Four Seasons of Horsetooth race featured
      20 miles

      Trail Products

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      flag river29 (Aug 5, 2018 at 17:40)
       Not even close to the most technical descent but awesome. Check out Howard or Ginny if your looking for technical.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag matthelm1 (Nov 6, 2018 at 19:44)
       This was a fun trail that was only somewhat technical. I rode it blind, and did not need to scout or walk any part. I would say this is more a blue black leaning more towards a black diamond trail. It was fun any way you look at it!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag wrightwoodfilms (Sep 20, 2019 at 17:10)
       That was a fun trail. I liked the Semi Tech on this trail.
      [Reply]

      Post a Comment



      You must login to Pinkbike.
      Don't have an account? Sign up

      Join Pinkbike  Login

      Videos

      no videos have been added for Wathen yet, add a video.
      • subscribe
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.