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Easy walk, reservoir is very low, leaves are barely starting to change. Beautiful day!

backpacking
2 days ago

Unique trip! My fiancé, dog, and I backpacked to the open space near the summit and camped there. We hiked through the night and arrived around 12 AM. Finished the remaining mile in the morning before heading back down. Definitely worth spending a few hours up top exploring all of the boulders. Bring water, the stream is only available for the first 2 miles or so.

Nice views and ends at a beautiful river.

9/9/18. If you're looking for a shortish challenging hike this is great. I have a labrador and had him off leash pretty much the whole time. There aren't any scramblers but there are a couple spots that are close. My girlfriend and I are around 30 years old and had no problem completing it in a half day. I wouldn't recommend using hiking poles unless you don't feel your physically up to a challenging hike. There are plenty of rocks and small trees to balance with, poles would have just gotten in the way. NOW, here's the part that wasn't great, once you get to the dirt road the crystal trail technically ends, it doesn't go all the way to the reservoir. luckily I downloaded the area map via google and used it as a compass and made our own trail until we found pikes peak tollway, once you find that you can find the reservoir. I recommend NOT stopping at the dirt road! keep toughing it to the reservoir, totally worth it!

Great hike. Cool waterfalls and great views from the top.

Beautiful views and easy hike. We took our 82 year old Mother along and she handled it great!

Beautiful trail with lots of shade most of the way. The boulder formations on the peak are sensational

well we were shooting for the Thomas trail and ended up on the Crystal trail. Beautiful trail but much harder

We got lucky enough to have a local stop us to ask if it was our first hike there. He said, “Rather than doing the death march up Hondo,” he recommended turning up Mountain Ave and taking the trail that is straight ahead (marked by some logs lying in the grass). We took that trail up and left and hit Crystal Falls. Then we backtracked to where the Thomas Trail forks off and took that to Catamount Falls. It was certainly strenuous but a fun journey/hike. Loved seeing Catamount Falls at the end.
Also thankful we didn’t have to do the Hondo death march...

Nice trail but mostly sunny. Will come back when cooler. Not sure what is considered lizard rock

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of wildflowers today. We went with our kids ages 4-8 and it felt more strenuous than moderate, but a lot of that probably had to do with the 4 year-old. Waterfalls were the highlights for us. The kids liked putting their feet in the pools. We'll definitely do again when the kids are older. I will say our 7 and 8 year-olds did fine.

on Thomas Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Did it with a few kids in toe and they enjoyed the scenery and waterfalls. Trails are marked well, for the most part. Would highly recommend it.

trail running
1 month ago

It is was a difficult trail to keep a solid pace as there are lots of "toe grabbers" and due to flooding and high levels of rain the water crossing is challenging to do without getting your shoes wet. As a runner I would recommend it as an out and back.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this hike almost a year ago and went back yesterday with my boyfriend and our dogs. We camped about 3.2 miles up the trail, then did the rest and the decent on 7/31. There are a couple great camp sites at around 10500 ft, 0.8 miles from the fork onto the McCurdy Trail. Saw 3 people up there. Definitely less daunting of a distance and elevation gain when done in 2 days. I'm still shocked more people don't know about this place! Weather was perfect: got down to around 45 at night and 60 on the peak. It probably got to around 80 if you stayed in the sun on the way down when it starts to flatten out again, but otherwise wasn't hot.

Much more difficult than anticipated, but amazing summit. Those rock formations and views are top notch. 10/10 will be back. Limited parking but when I arrived at 7:30 am, there were still spots.

Switchback central! I’d say it’s a moderate if you frequently hike and it is quite steep but nice and quick and a beautiful place to relax at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike/run....It was listed for mountain biking also....I don't recommend it...parts of the trail would be good but still a lot of hike a bike esp. if you hike more along the river....

This is an easy hike, with a gradual descent toward the reservoir.

Take your time, bring the kids, and enjoy the stream that feeds the reservoir. The reservoir is low right now, but gives you a unique and interesting perspective.

Beautiful hike, easy peasy, fast-running stream, and fun for kids. Trail is easy to follow and low reservoir offers unique perspective. Enjoy!

Easy, wide trail and extremely easy to follow. Lots of places for great photos. It’s sad to see how low the reservoir is.
Road to get out there is very wash boarded, so it’s a rough ride, however, it’s a lovely drive.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. It ends with a relaxing view and a place to rest by the river (and option to rock climb!).

Definitely a fun and challenging trail. Pretty steep. It’s beautiful and a great exercise. In the beginning it shares the same trail head as Thomas Trail and then you come to a fork where you can go right to follow the yellow trail markers (Thomas Trail) or go left to follow the blue/green trail markers which is actually Kirkpatrick Trail. Go left on Kirkpatrick Trail for a bit and you will see eventually the blue trail marker for Crystal Trail. Trail is well marked after that. Plenty of switch backs!

2 months ago

great easy trail. took friends from the Midwest on it and they loved it. waterfalls were cool and got to see some wild life.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail! Steep in some parts but nothing to crazy. Yes

This is a great trail but hard to find. Park downtown near the pond. Walk across the main road on park and turn right on boulder. Once you come to the trail it is called Thomas trail. Take the yellow dots until you hit the green and make a left. You will cross Crystal Creek to catch the trail on the other side. You will see a sign for Crystal Creek on a tree. Don’t cross the foot bridge, stay to the right and it will wrap up and around higher up. Once you cross the river you take a trail up until you see the actual Crystal Creek trail sign. Once your on the trail you will know it!! Straight up with zig zags. Nice creek at the top for the dog. This trail is an amazing work out!!

2 months ago

This was a great trail. I loved the challenge of it and how you could climb up around the stream and then connect back in with the trail further up.

2 months ago

Steep at points, great work out, fun. Shady most of the way up. Didn't see anyone else once we passed the waterfalls.

Nice, easy trail to hike with kids.

hiking
2 months ago

I will agree with folks on the downer of the road walking required, but honestly it wasn’t too bad. Never really ran in to cars. Hitting both waterfalls was a plus...so pretty. It was nice to sit on the rocks and enjoy a snack while listening to the water. I would do this one again!

Amazing views and cool rock formations at the top. It is an intense climb up with steady and sometimes steep parts, but worth it when you get to the top. We did it in 5.5 hours. Didn’t see too many people on the trail

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