Homestead Ranch Outer Loop is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Peyton, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A bit of a climb at the start yields beautiful views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak. Upper parts of the trail are relatively flat and inviting. Trailhead includes modern rest rooms, playground, and a fishing pond.
Arrived at 7am for a Sunday morning ride. There were already a few people on the trails, but parking for horse trailer was ample. There is a bridge at the start, which some horses may not like, but it is possible to bypass it on the trail to the north. Ascent via switchbacks opened up to open meadows along the "spur" trail where deer and songbirds were plentiful. Midway through the loop is an old windmill with hitching racks and a trough for thirsty horses. Great ride!