Anna B. on Eagle's View Trail Loop
I went from Elk to Oxen to Eagle's View, and returned via Ravens Roost. I think the round trip was closer to 5 miles than 4.4 (I calculated it to be 4.9 miles.) I agree with the review stating trail was easy enough, because it is well marked, wide enough and has a decent surface of gravel, dirt, pine needles ( a little bit of snow frosting the trees and path in some places very pretty).
I also agree it's challenging enough because it consistently inclines (steeper in some places than others), but the effort is worth it when you get to the top of Eagle's View - The mountain panorama is gorgeous.
Trail was appropriately rated, not too tough but challenging enough to get you breathing heavy. Great panoramic view makes for a great spot for photography, few good benches along trail and bbq spot near parking lot. Not too busy on a weekday and very convenient to do.
Today was a great day to go hiking there. Beautiful hiking, tough to get up for short time then walked around til the view spot....now that was worth it. Beautiful view southwest part of the mountains. Will return back for sure! We hiked on Eagleview trail with mix of Oxen and Roast. A must hike would be Eagleview in order to see the beautiful view
Beautiful hike! Especially if you tie in Eagle View Loop! You come around the corner at the top and get a great view including Pikes Peak in the distance! We decided to make that our view while we took a small break to eat our snacks. Plenty of wildflowers and small animals to see, along with several stream crossings that can refresh your dog if you choose to bring them.
I did this hike beginning from Waterton Canyon. While the first 6 miles is a bit bland along the dirt access road, the canyon is beautiful. Towards the top of the road just before it breaks off through the woods, a large herd of sheep approached me and fed on the nearby grasses.
My favorite part of this hike is around the halfway point where I found myself immersed in a fern forest. It was a bit claustrophobic as it felt like the forest was swallowing me, but it is unlike anything I've witnessed in Colorado. It reminded me of the dense forests of Oregon.
Pamela H. on Raven's Roost and Oxen Draw Loop Tr...
It's one of my favorite local hikes. If you want some pretty views, head up Eagles View Trail. You'll see the views at .5 miles. Then you can continue around and descend down the loop back to the parking lot. It adds about another mile to the hole.