I'm stuck between a 3 and 4 for this hike because although my 4 year old had an AMAZING time, the trail is very dirty and the graffiti on bigger rocks surrounding the area just brings down the beauty of nature. I know this boulder is painted but this hike is famous specifically for that boulder. Despite the graffiti, it's a great trail for a short family hike. Just watch your step as it can be very steep. I'll definitely go again since my daughter loved it
This was fun hike. We had our 1 year old and dog. The trail is not stroller friendly but our daughter walked some of the way and we took turns carrying her the parts that were too hard for her. Like ya of hills. Definitely a hike to do on a cooler day or first thing in the morning. The pumpkin rock was fun to see but there is a lot of graffiti on the other big rocks. And someone thought it would be funny to paint a penis near the mouth of the pumpkin. But you can easily stand in front of it to cover it up in pictures.
Fun little trail with good views from the top and the pumpkin is definitely a unique feature. My kids loved seeing the pumpkin. The area around the pumpkin rock is incredibly littered with large and small shards of broken glass however. Disappointing! I've got pretty young kids who kept slipping on the smooth sand topped rocks around the pumpkin and falling on the glass. Aside from that it was fun. Bring water and expect no shade at all on the trail.
I went on a night hike and it was beautiful being able to see the city lights and stars. I had hiked pass the pumpkin and on the way back it was a little slippery with the sand and how steep it was. But overall the hike was good and my man's dog enjoyed it as well. Obviously bring a flashlight and a walking stick of some kind to help with walking down the sandy trail, when hiking at night.
Lorena d. on Pumpkin Rock Trail
I rated this trail 4 stars because it is difficult to follow and find the loop. There are no signs to guide you through the loop. I did my best and thought I did the loop but ended up hiking less than 2 miles. I would rate this hike medium because over half of the hike is up hill.
This is an easy hike, especially on a cool day. There is no shade, but great city views. The Pumpkin Rock is definitely a unique feature. Continue hiking past the Pumpkin Rock along the ridge and follow the trail to street level to complete the loop. I parked at Pikes Peak Park at the north end of the loop.