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The Pike National Forest is located in the Front Range of Colorado, United States, west of Colorado Springs and including Pikes Peak. The forest encompasses 1,106,604 acres within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties.

Meh. This definitely should not be rated as moderate. This is a very easy trail, and I would categorize it more of a walk than a hike. The day I was there, it was snowing, so it was hard to see the scenery, but I didn't think this was anything special except perhaps the views of Elephant Rock. There are so many other nice trails that are more challenging and scenic in the area that I wouldn't choose this one again.

On a side note, one of the other things that turned me off about this trail was all of the dog excrement. I always have my dog with me, and have carried his poop for many miles to not leave it behind. If you are hiking with your dog, please keep him or her leashed and clean up!!

3 days ago

Fun winter hike. Started at the Mt Herman trailhead at Mt Herman Rd and Nursery and followed Flow Dog trail to spend as little time as possible on Mt Herman road. Flow Dog is a bit over grown in places but makes for a more exciting hike than just following the road. The actual Mt Herman trail is short. But don't let that fool you. It's a fairly steep climb. I plan on doing this one again!

Nice hike. Was a little bummed that I couldn't let the dog off leash. Some great viewpoints.

Great winter hike. Great view of the Tri-Lakes and Pikes Peak.

Good steep hike with lots of rocks. Great challenge.

Took my dog on this trail not knowing what to expect. She did great, but if you have a short dog or one under 30 pounds it's going to have a hard time jumping up and down some of the larger boulders on the trail.
It was super fun, and a full body workout. Seriously-- I was dead by the end.
But gorgeous views at the top and following a pretty waterfall for most of it made the climb easier.
Will definitely go with my pup again.

We hiked up the trail to a point where it appeared to cross over the stream towards the south, but soon after that were not able to identify where the trail continued. This was right after the windiest days and a few tres had been blown over possibly obscuring the trail. The other option appeared to be straight up a granite rock face and this didn't seem to be feasible without ropes! Can anyone describe where the trail goes from the point where it crosses the stream?? I'd love to be able to reach the reservoir.

Nice views and moderate grade.

The trail follows the access road all the way up. The hike is all up for about 1 mile. Once you get to the top it's a flat hike around the lake. Spots were a little icy so be careful with footing.

Probably got about 2 miles in before I had to return to start point, due to approaching sunset. Lovely hike in any event. Was a windy January winter day but sunny with lingering snow and icy patches on trail. The canyon trail is remarkable for the cliffs that flank either side of the creek, rising upwards of 150 ft or more. Hiking the trail is to engage an open geological text with its variegated uplifts of sedimentary rock oven many millennia. While water flow was not extensive, a couple of small waterfalls were still making their presence known. While the canyon begins very narrow (15 ft in places), the deeper you go in, the wider it gets, up to 500 meters or so near the second waypoint (waterfall).
Like other reviewers, I encountered difficulties at times finding the trail's trace on the ground. A hint: about 100 meters before reaching the first waterfall, the trail leaves the creek bed on the right and moves up the side of the gorge. The reason for this becomes obvious if you otherwise come to the waterfall via the stream bed. The trail on the right is the way to go as it gets you up and over the rocks which pinch in your passage thru the falls, especially when it's covered in ice. Notably as the canyon widens, you start to encounter mature coniferous trees: fir, cedar, bristlecone pine all happy to make their home on the canyon'a floor. Very pretty.

trail running
17 days ago

I'd say it leans toward easy.. a wide, well-kept path; nothing difficult about it. Great running path with great views.

Amazing! Scenery never got boring. Fun scramble over rocks!

The views from the lookout tower are spectacular. I do not remember a smell but the trail was packed with people, including a large school group.