dogs on leash
Hiking on the back side of Pikes Peak I did part of this hike at the end of April. I didn't know then that despite the snowmelt in most of the area (Colorado Springs, Woodland Park & Divide), this trail runs along the north face of one ridge and the south face of another. So the snow was still quite deep. So with no snowshoes, the only one who enjoyed that trek was the dog. Drive west from Colorado Springs on US Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south (left) on CO 67. Go about 9 miles. You'll see the remains of an old tunnel facing you as you come around a curve. On the other side of this tunnel is the trail head on the left. There is no sign! You can park on either side. This is a popular place in July -- easily 20 cars in the parking area around the trail head; but everyone was spaced evenly enough that it didn't seem crowded at all. I like this hike because the trail is covered most of the time, the pine, spruce and aspen trees creating a shimmering mosaic of light and sound as the breeze dances through their branches. Then occasionally the forest opens to reveal stunning views of near and distant mountains covered by an ocean of blue sky. The two terminal points of the hike (the falls and the rocks) are also worth the effort it will take to reach them.