Thereâ€™s just something about running. Maybe itâ€™s the way your heart thumps, legs burn or lungs ache for air. Or maybe, for the swarms of dedicated runners who frequent the Spring Creek Trail, itâ€™s the views of the Foothills sprawled in the distance that keep them coming back for more.
â€œItâ€™s definitely the prettiest of the trails,â€ said Steve Folkerts, a three-year Fort Collins resident and employee at Runners Roost. â€œItâ€™s really scenic as you go by all the lakes and ponds.â€
The trail, which was voted Best Trail to Run On by Collegian readers, runs for 6.93 miles, extending from West Drake Road to the convergence of Spring Creek and the Poudre River, where it joins the Poudre Trail, according the City of Fort Collins website.
With part of the trail close to town, it offers easy access to community members who like to bike, rollerblade, run or walk around Spring Canyon Community Park and the Pineridge Natural Area.
â€œI really like how itâ€™s got different types of landscape,â€ said CSU graduate student and president of the university triathlon team Danny Harper. He likes to run from campus to where the trail meets Shields Street, continuing around the Spring Canyon Community Park.
â€œI definitely like the loop around the park, just because itâ€™s kind of rolling and has a pretty view of the mountains and of Horsetooth,â€ Harper said. â€œI also like the other people that run and walk the trail.â€
Whether itâ€™s the people or the scenic route, thereâ€™s no doubt that the Spring Creek Trail will continue to draw in residents and cease to disappoint.
Senior Reporter Erin Udell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.