Explore Favs - view hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Favs Map
VIEW FULL MAP
Reviews (386)
Photos (1448)
View user's profile page
Jeff Ludwig reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 12, 2020
Hiking
View Jeff's Recording
View user's profile page
Christine Griffin reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 11, 2020
Hiking
View Christine's Recording
View user's profile page
Shannon Griffin reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 11, 2020
Hiking
View Shannon's Recording
View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 4, 2020
Hiking

Did the direction of the map and had a great hike despite the heat, a lot of trees on the trail for shade thankfully. killer trail for mtn bikes and only saw one pair of dirt bikes. Stepped of route to see Buckhorn. highly recommend for a short hike. Theres room for everyone!

View user's profile page
Matt Davidson reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 23, 2020
Hiking

Very nice trail. Didn’t go all the way as my dog kinda lost interest. Big thank you to the guy who put the trail markers up. They were a big help. Would recommend wearing long pants.

View Matt's Recording
View user's profile page
Mat dos Santos reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 16, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful canyon vistas. Very warm at this time of year. Bring plenty of water.

View Mat's Recording
View user's profile page
Grayson Morris reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 14, 2020
Hiking

Great hike starts out fairly easy but about a mile and a half in it gets fairly intense. Also the trail isn’t super clear so be sure to watch for the colored trail markers. But overall really cool hike with really pretty scenery, and cool power plant to explore.

View Grayson's Recording
View user's profile page
Jay Mac reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 14, 2020
HikingGreat!Scramble

First off, a huge thank you to Bill Oliver and anyone else who has hung trail markers, y’all rock. Did this hike as a one day in August 14th and was stunned by the beauty of the canyon. Have lived in Colorado my whole life and have done many cool trails but this one is for sure in my top 3. Hard rating is appropriate. First mile and a half is fairly easy. This is where the cows hang out. Once you enter the Canyon the difficulty increases dramatically. Lots of rock scrambles and loose patches but I did it in normal hiking boots and was never out of my comfort zone. Would for sure recommend this hike to anyone who wants an adventure

View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 10, 2020
Hiking

The trail itself is fantastic. Great views, and barely anyone on the trail. Fair warning, a lot of it is loose rock which my dog doesn't love, but it's not bad for people. I mainly just didn't like that the last mile and a half was just walking back up along the road with a lot of cars and bikers that you had to dodge.

View Tony's Recording
View user's profile page
Bill Oliver reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 10, 2020
HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Skaguay Power Plant – III, August 7-8, 2020 This was my third visit in two months, a prior backpack being in mid-July (and reported in AllTrails). I wanted to finish my Project of improving the trail flagging. Also, sawing back a lot on the branches and bushes that obscured the route, especially at some creek crossings. I spent 8 hours on the descent Friday and another 10 hours coming out Sat. [Who knew how time-consuming tying knots could be. :) ] It’s the same route, of course, but the return needs its own flagging to avoid losing the trail, especially in 2-3 places. Twice I had to redo a section when discovering that it wasn’t the way I had come in. The flagging doesn’t begin until the lower half of the route, when the canyon starts closing up. You won’t always see the next ribbon/tape in some areas where following the trail should be evident. There has been a thin rope (string) for support at the 3rd and 7th log crossings. It is now down, however, at the third. At both these crossings I found I could cross on rocks (rather than the logs) without getting my feet wet, using poles of course – sweet. I was surprised to encounter no one Friday, though a ton of people on Sat. Yes, there are now a quite a number of cows/calves (no bulls) roaming in the upper half of the canyon. BTW – has anyone ever seen a beaver near their ponds – or they’re long since gone? Beyond the suggestions to bring a bag to tote out some trash, I would also encourage folks to bring some flagging material (orange tape at Lowe’s or Home Depot) to continue improving the route; having a pair of small clippers wouldn’t hurt either. All of us who thrill in making this “pilgrimage” to the Skaguay Power Plant need to be careful and thoughtful stewards. Say, in the Pikes Peak Library District I did find a small book that provides a lot of details on the construction – “Skaguay: The Miracle of the Gold Camp Near Cripple Creek & Victor,” by Winfred Ward Clark, 1989. The reservoir was created specifically to feed water to the plant. It was carried in a large wooden pipeline (30” inside diameter) along the canyon walls (including a 1500’ tunnel); then descended steeply above the plant in a metal pipe to create the high water pressure needed to run the turbines. All the equipment was lowered from atop the wall above the plant by a small gauge rail line using a cable for lowering and raising. It’s remarkable how virtually none of this rail line or the water transport pipe remains visible today. With work done in parallel, construction of the dam, pipeline and power plant took two years, and successful operation began in May 1901. A tremendous rainstorm in 1965 washed a lot of moss and other debris into the reservoir, and the moss plugged up about 2.5 miles of the pipeline. Attempts to open the line were unsuccessful and that, plus the fact that the power then being generated could be obtained elsewhere, led to the demise of the power plant. I will try to attach five images of photo pages taken from the book. I haven't tried that before. I may need to ask for help. Be safe, have fun, and take good care of our Skaguay Power Plant. Cheers, Bill

View user's profile page
nate nervig reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking
View nate's Recording
View user's profile page
James Gardipee reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 8, 2020
Hiking

Fantastic and my first long distance to completion hikes in this beautiful state. The hike there took some time because I'm a waterfall fan and just needed to see the streams as often as I could. I ran into a large heard of cows. That being the most intense part of the hike was fun.... THERE IS A COW LEVEL! When I got to the plant it was surreal to try to go back in time with the buildings and see what it must have been like up there! the views were fantastic. Took me 4 hours to return because I had ran out of water....woops but slow and steady won the race. Will have to come back if not anything else than for some fishing.

View user's profile page
nate nervig reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 8, 2020
Hiking
View nate's Recording
View user's profile page
Brandon Raggette reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 4, 2020
Hiking

Great hike! Beautiful scenery. Some scrambley parts toward the power plant but nothing unmanageable. Lots of cool water crossings. Cows. Mild bushwackery. Trail pretty well marked but would have the map downloaded. Couple times it was hard to spot tape. Would be a really fun overnight.

View Brandon's Recording
View user's profile page
Samantha White reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
HikingNo shadeScramble
View Samantha's Recording
View user's profile page
Will Archer reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 20, 2020
HikingRockyScramble

Awesome hike and great isolated camping. We had a camp site about .3 miles from the power plant. I made it from the parking lot to the site in 2 hours. A group of 7 of us made it back to the cars in 2.5 hours. In both cases we were pushing it and exhausted afterwards. Coming back is harder than getting to the power plant mostly due to navigating boulders and scree fields. We are a group of late 20s/early 30s peeps and moderately in shape. Just wanted to provide some context as the other reviews mentioned 5-7 hour hike times. Shouldn’t take that long but keep the alltrails map handy and be on the look out for red/purple/yellow trail markers. Typically “tape” on tree limbs. The power plant is awesome but would avoid camping there due to garbage, debris and the overall trashed nature of it. Lots of things to step on. Well worth exploring though. Pretty remarkable that they could even get the turbines to their final resting place. It would’ve been a massive undertaking - so much so that the place seems like an impossibility to even exist.

View user's profile page
Matthew Baca reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 19, 2020
Hiking

Second time running this trail. I ran it with a smaller ground and it was much better this time! We maintained a much better pace and ultimately had a better time.

View Matthew's Recording
View user's profile page
Matthew Guise reviewed Rattlesnake Arches Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 18, 2020
No shadeOff trail

it's not well marked, but it does have a fantastic view.

View user's profile page
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 18, 2020

Fun ride

View user's profile page
Troy Peters reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 11, 2020
BackpackingOff trailRockyScramble

Trail is lots of fun with some great views and spots to swim it’s definitely a tough one very rocky and the way back i would say is definitely more challenging pay attention for the makers they’re super easy to miss and get off trail. The power plant is really cool and should be treated with respect. I would bring a small trash bag help clean up some junk up there as some others recommend. Overall lots of fun will definitely be back and make it a 2 day trip.

View Troy's Recording
View user's profile page
Bill Oliver reviewed Skaguay Power Plant
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 10, 2020
BackpackingGreat!RockyScramble

Skaguay Power Plant Backpack – July 9-10, 2020 My first visit to the power plant (PP) was a day hike this past June 17th. I wanted to return for a less-rushed visit and especially to improve the trail markers – thus my backpack, July 9-10. I reached the PP in 4 hours earlier. It was 5.25 hrs going in with the extra weight of the pack plus time working on the route, placing a lot of new orange tape (and removing a few old tapes that were off-route). I was especially focused on the area of the boulder field and a couple of the stream crossings. I also used a folding, tree-limb saw to cut back brush that obscured 2-3 crossings. I probably placed about 15 new tapes going in and about 10 coming out (direction really does matter). Sadly, being overly into “ultralight,” I failed to bring enough tape – pretty lame. Twice coming out I briefly lost the trail and so was unable to better mark it. A couple of places I piled a bunch of tree limbs on the ground to “block” wrong paths. For sure, on both sides of the creek there are a few long stretches with almost no tapes, as the trail should be fairly evident. Of the 7 stream crossings, the first is fairly early in the open field area. #2-6 are much later and fairly close together. They all have at least one log, usually 2-3 together. The 3rd and 7th crossings also have a pretty thin rope line about head-high to hold onto for balance. I would not want to depend on such a fragile line, and I chose to just wade these crossings (with a second pair of “water” shoes). But I believe a lot of people make the crossings without getting their feet wet. I always use two trekking poles anyway, and I would just lengthen them for balance on all the crossings. The PP is just uphill from the 7th crossing. I saw no day-hikers. A backpack party of 6 was coming out on my descent; I shared the PP site with a party of 5 pleasant high schoolers (I camped uphill from them); and a party of about 7 was coming in the next day with three dogs. Per Gaia/GPS, the one-way distance is about 7 miles; maybe I wander too much? Taking up Ryan Smedra’s “challenge,” I brought a bag to pick up some trash, though not a lot, and I encouraged the high schoolers (strong backs) to do so. The young woman leading the “class” of 5 high schoolers coming out the first day told me they picked up a lot of rubbage. I believe this must have been at the campsite that was especially trashed out, as I did not find it that way again. How awesome is that! If you can access the Colorado Springs Gazette’s archives online, check out some articles and photos by Dave Philipps (2008) and R. Scott Rappold (2012) on the history of this amazing place. [You may need to be a subscriber?] However, I have not seen a detailed story about how such heavy equipment was brought in; I’ll share later if I find out. The purpose was to provide electric power to the gold mining operations in Cripple Creek and Victor. The first stage was the creation of the Skaguay Reservoir. After two years of construction, the hydroelectric plant began operating in 1901. The operation was abandoned in 1965 after a colossal flood caused extensive damage to the pipeline feeding the plant. Interesting article here: http://actionmatrix.com/Trails/SkaguayPowerPlant/html/Skaguary.htm Also here if you scroll down far enough: https://www.victorheritagesociety.com/gold-coin-mine--part-of-the-woods-empire.html I don’t currently expect to return this year - TBD. Please consider adding more tape on-route where needed and packing out trash as you’re able. Let’s all be good guardians of this special site in such a beautiful rugged landscape – and with many fine swimming holes! So far, I have seen no bears, mountain lions or bighorn sheep – bummer.

Showing results 1 - 22 of 386