hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

forest

wildlife

nature trips

birding

mountain biking

trail running

kid friendly

dog friendly

dogs on leash

horseback riding

camping

off road driving

river

lake

snowshoeing

waterfall

scenic driving

fishing

fly fishing

backpacking

cross country skiing

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.

hiking
16 hours ago

snowshoeing
1 day ago

We have been hiking in the Denver foothills the last two weeks and we've encountered so much ice. So we wanted to find a place to snowshoe that wasn't as treacherous as the icy foothills. Snow has all but melted in Denver and in the foothills. But this trail is high enough that it still has plenty of snow. The snow was hard packed from many others going before us. So it was easier than cutting a trail in fresh powder. My two companions put on their micro spikes and walked on the way back. One was exhausted from snowshoeing and the other wanted to try out her new micro spikes. We saw three other people on the trail. The trail is completely in the trees. So we were protected from some of the wind. It was snowing as we got up higher but it didn't seem to be accumulating. Glad we went!

The view was incredible. It was a little sketchy going up the rope with the snow and ice but I had a great time.

on Lovell Gulch Trail

2 days ago

snowshoeing
2 days ago

I went about 2.5 miles in to where it crosses the creek and there's a nice view. Can't wait to hike this again and go further!

hiking
3 days ago

Nice trail that can be a bit challenging in places. The switchbacks at the beginning can be a bit tedious, but worth it once you clear them. Trail can be difficult to see with the leafs on the ground. For the 4X4 fans. the road leading to the trail head and beyond is fun.

hiking
3 days ago

Great winter hike. I got a late start so I didn't finish the hike, but what I saw was wonderful! I think the trail is a little easer than the rating suggests. The trail was pretty visible even in the snow. This is a great hike that is worth another visit in the spring/summer.

hiking
4 days ago

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!!

6 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.