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Quick, easy hike with stunning views!

This trail was amazing. Challenging just enough. Definitely very unmarked and I had to use the app map a bunch. But my dog and I will definitely be back.

Not crowded at all. Awesome views and an easy hike

Awesome trail for a recent Colorado transplant from Tennessee. Not super difficult but the payoff in mountaintop views, y’all - Just do it. We also did the Muscoco trail in the same trip, and totally recommend this method as they are both super rewarding and super manageable. Got there just before 9:00 am on a Saturday and parking was already getting pretty hard to find, so keep that in mind. Well maintained trails. Gorgeous views. And only 15 minutes from the city. We will be back!

Nice hike with beautiful views throughout. Although it’s pretty easy there are still some sheer drop offs and slippery rocks so be careful and don’t take it for granted. Nice spot at the top to take in the views. I enjoyed this quick hike.

Went yesterday with my pup. Easy hike and pretty views. Parking and drive in are easy and paved. A few places for the pup to get in the cool water.

Awesome scenic view at the top! 7 and 10 year old kids did great. Family friendly.

trail running
13 days ago

nice wide trail with good views.

Beautiful easy, short hike with great views. Did it in 45 minutes with plenty of stopping and chatting with other hikers.

Never saw a waterfall, but it was a great hike. The kids enjoyed dipping their feet in the water and looking for crawfish. Yes, crawfish. Good length for a family and enough shade to take the edge off the heat.

Super short and easy hike in a beautiful setting

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail for a quick hike near Colorado Springs! I would probably start earlier in the day rather than later, as parking tends to fill up pretty fast - we drove up and down the road by the trailhead a couple of times before we caught somebody leaving to get a parking space for a 10:30 A.M. hike. Easy trail, beautiful views, and anyone from medium age kids to adults will enjoy. I say medium age kids, because a couple of areas of exposure might make those who aren't wild about keeping an eagle eye on little ones for safety reasons or those who are not crazy about heights nervous. Would like to tack on the side jaunt to Muscoco next time up.

hiking
18 days ago

I love this whole place. I usually like to enter on the north side as it is much less crowded than the East. I've done all the trails and recommend them for all skill levels.

Great for families

Beautiful trail for a quick hike! There are a couple of areas that appear to have runoff damage.

Great water fall and city views.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice that it was less traffic than the main Garden of the Gods path - we still got some beautiful views, and some shade on the path. The app was very handy - we could easily take the smaller trails without getting lost.

hiking
22 days ago

A great intro hike for those like me not used to the high altitudes. At the top there's nothing but the sound of birds and the bells from the Will Rogers carillon across the valley.

we hiked the L trail to the K trail making a loop. I'm pregnant and haven't hiked since last year. but I reached my limit and had to get out. this was an easy hike with short uphill portions towards the end that were just enough to make me breath a bit heavier but not wind me. There was plenty of shade and resting places and amazing views. We even saw lizards and snakes and many birds. there were spots by the creek with large boulders to cross over but they were absolutely manageable. my 6 and 8 year old handled the hike very well. we saw many other children and people of all ages managing fine. next time we will start on the K trail go view the dam and then back track to the l trail.

Great hike but I wish I could bring my dog.

Nice trail with a beautiful view at the top.

nice trail but you definitely need the map to know which way to go at the many forks

Has a great payoff at the end - beautiful spot for a picnic! Some steep spots but still pretty family friendly.

Boring

Interesting hike to see some huge petrified stumps. A nice stroll in the field other than that.

Super short trail with amazing views

Wonderful park and a great trail. The Fountain Valley Trail has some great scenery and is easy for all ages. Some parts of the trail have trees that may provide a bit a shade in the morning or afternoon, but a lot of the trail has no cover, so be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen in the summer. We went in late afternoon and some clouds rolled in and cooled things off. Around sunset was absolutely wonderful, both in terms of the view and cool weather. There are four or five picnic tables near the visitors center and we used those, but they are pretty small and could fill up fast during peak time. We went on a Saturday afternoon (around 4:30 or 5:00) and the park was pretty quiet and not many other hikers. Highly recommend Roxborough State Park and the Fountain Valley Trail is a great place to get started.

Nice, easy trail with the dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and rock formations. Kids loved climbing around.

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