Moody Hill  
USGS 7.5' Map: Crystal Mountain, Buckhorn Mountain
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Moderate 7 FR 132, 513 5.00 6,600 to 8,640 ft. Rock - 1
Area - 1
2-4 hours
County: Larimer
Adopted by: Larimer County 4WD Club (Mountaineers) 2549 Newport Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Managed by: Arapaho/Roosevelt National Forest,
Canyon Lakes Ranger District
2150 Centre Ave. Bldg. E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Summary: Moody Hill is a moderately difficult 4WD road west of Fort Collins. Going from east to west Moody Hill starts with a steep climb before leveling out and connecting in with the Crystal Mountain road.
Attractions: Rock obstacle area. Scenery.
Agency - December 1 to June 14
Best Time: June - Early season. Snow drifts may be encountered at the western end.
August - Best
September - Best
October - Possible snow drifts, east end
Hiking -

Equestrian -

Mountain Bike -


Motorcycle -

Camping: The only area on Moody Hill that offers good campsites is at the intersection of FR132 and FR513. This is in the upper section of the road near the spur road to the Rock Quarry area.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp. Other 4WD roads close to here include Crystal Mountain (FR344A), Ballard Road (FR129), West White Pine (FR100), and Storm Mountain (FR153,FR128).
Fall Colors:
Snowshoeing -

Cross Country Skiing-

Snowmobile -

Navigation: From Fort Collins, CO. head north on South Taft Hill Rd toward W Mulberry Street for 0.4 miles. Continue onto North Taft Hill Road for 0.6 miles. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on North Taft Hill Road for 2.0 miles. Turn left onto County Rd 54G/U.S. 287 B and go 2.3 miles. Take a slight left onto West County Rd 52E/Tobe Miller Lane and continue to follow West County Rd 52E for 6.5 miles. Turn right onto West County Rd 52E/Rist Canyon Road and go 6.8 miles. Turn left onto North County Rd 27/Stove Prairie Road and go 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Buckhorn Road/West Coounty Rd 44H and go 1.5 miles. Turn left onto FR 513. Just before the left turn is a parking area on the right side of 44H.
Moody Hill 4WD road begins from a small parking area off of Larimer County road 44H. It immediately climbs up into the forest with some switchbacks. Within a mile you will come to a rock ledge across the road, the only obstacle on the road itself.


photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

After this obstacle you will pass two short spur roads, FR513A, and FR513B. After continuing on the main road you will enter an open meadow area and climb along its edge to a large intersection.
Paula K, Craig, K

Upper section

photo by:
Adam Mehlberg

Adam M

Upper section

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At the intersection, the end of FR513, a right will take you down a short spur road, FR513C. Continuing straight will be FR132 which goes 0.6 miles to the play area, or Rock Quarry, which is a large open outcropping with multiple routes to the top.

Back at the intersection a left will take you along FR132 to another intersection. This would be a good area to camp with large flat spots available. From the intersection a right will take you to a forested saddle on FR132B and FR132B.1 which both end in less than a half mile from the saddle. A left will continue on the main FR132.

You will pass around private property and pass three more spur roads, FR132A, FR132C, FR132D, before connecting with FR344. At this intersection the FR344 becomes a graded road. A right will take you back down to County Road 44H, a left will take you to the Crystal Mountain 4WD road.
Data updated: February 25, 2013        4WD Road driven July 23, 2009        Copyright - 2000-2013