Mariana Butte Trail
701 Clubhouse Drive
For years, neighbors have enjoyed a quick hike on Mariana Butte and have developed informal walking trails. In order to preserve the area and create a more sustainable trail system, the Open Lands Division worked with a local volunteer group (Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society – CATS) to improve the pedestrian trails at the Butte.
The Mariana Butte Trail System, including the new Hidden Hogback trail, was constructed from 2015-2017 and provides over 1.25 miles of natural-surface hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and panoramic views. Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. To best preserve the landscape, hiking is limited to the established trail and bicycles are prohibited. Parking, restrooms and concessions are available at the Mariana Butte Clubhouse. More information: www.cityofloveland.org/OpenLands
The new sustainable trails have been constructed 100% by volunteers. The Colorado Addicted Trailbuilders Society (CATS) Loveland/Fort Collins Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail construction in Northern Colorado. These volunteers provide quality work at public sites at no cost. CATS welcomes new volunteers and will provide applicable training. More information: http://trailcats.org or contact email@example.com.
The 1-mile loop trail around the Butte was completed by CATS volunteers in 2016. Two trail sections were constructed in 2015 and the final loop connection was completed in spring 2016 (see MAP). A new and improved summit trail to Mariana Butte was completed in late 2016. In addition to relocating the “social trails” on to City property, the volunteer trail-builders also spread natural materials over the former trails to help restore and revegetate these closed areas.
In 2017, CATS volunteers completed a new trail connection called the “Hidden Hogback Trail,” which allows public access to the north of Mariana Butte, along the hogback and along the Big Thompson River to Rossum Drive. This new trail offers the community a unique experience along the ridges and the river corridor.