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I loved this hike. We parked at the Rainbow Trailhead and hiked to the Reservoir from there (which I highly recommend). We ended up not going the full way around Rampart Reservoir, but still worth it. No real steep inclines. Fairly easy hike both ways.

off road driving
14 days ago

Fun drive, I brought the kids along and explored the lake. It got very sticky at the end for a short time, definitely worth more than an easy rating. My stock 03 4Runner balanced on 2 wheels and rubbed the ground a couple times.

Really nice easy ride. Happy people and Festival Park is beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

Nice hike. Moderate. You will see snakes. Be careful. Lots of mountain bikers too. Be aware of your surroundings, share the trail and you will do fine.

Really enjoyed this hike the views where absolutely stunning!

Great hike, went with my 11 year old and completed it in two hours. Saw wildflowers, deer, snakes, rabbits and plenty of birds. Views of the lake and downtown were among the highlights.

on Centennial Cone Trail

hiking
1 month ago

The lost dog is still MIA as of this afternoon at 3pm when we finished the loop. She is a tricolor border collie named Nellie and is very skittish. Previous post by Shel below has the owners name & cell — they are still searching and asking riders and hikers to keep your eyes open & cell hope she can be reunited soon.

I’d recommend this trail in the spring or fall — lots of exposure and no shade all along the southern portion.

UPDATE: Nellie dog found and home safe 7/24
Thanks to al the hikers and bikers that helped look for her!! Really appreciate you!


There is a dog missing as of July 4 2018.
Please Keep your eyes out. She may still have her collar and tags. She is a Small tri colored border collie and is very skittish. Please do NOT whistle or chase her. Call her owner ASAP . I will try to post a pic in
The photo section... owner is Andrea GrandPre
612 6950837. The pic has not loaded yet...will try again...please note where you see her if poss. And if she has a collar on still..I will take this down when she is found. Was seen fri pm and sat am on the trail..

On Facebook, Bring Nellie Home
Fb Page.. pics of her on there....

This hike was worth while. Although there is not a look out, I still can appreciate the beauty of this trail. I carried my 30 pound toddler and would NOT do it again. It was very tough as this trail goes up and down, up and down. If you are thinking of hiking in this area, I would hike Mt. Herman Peak instead! Here you at least get a look out. It’s not as long, and it’s worth more the pain than this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views. Lots of bikers. Watch out for bikers they need bells or something because they fly up on you fast.

Great. Pretty Riparian land and happy people.

First time up to Rampart and it wont be my last! Started from Rainbow Gulch and walked clockwise. The trail was easy to follow but it did get pretty tight in some spots. There is a good bit of shade overall but some areas are full sun. The parking lot at the dam gets very hot, if hiking with dogs and crossing the dam keep an eye on their feet. Take lots of water and snacks and enjoy the beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike but if you plan on going in the near future leave early or wear good sun protection as it was very warm. My pup and I had a lot of fun and the scenery was just beautiful. I was warned that the Bear traffic was high right now and that they had cubs. The same with the Elk but we did luckily not encounter any as I would not like to interrupt a new Mommy that is out and about.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is dry and good to go. There's not much shade for most of it, so be prepared for the sun and the heat. Only saw a few other hikers on a Saturday morning, but saw plenty of mountain bikers. The views of the valley and surrounding foothills are gorgeous. Definitely a little front range gem, but probably best done in the cooler months or early in the morning.

Great hike , lots of wonderful views , lots of shade

Nice hike close to town. Lots of hikers, lots of dogs, lots of bikes.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice time. Lots of bikes and every one is nice. Beautiful wild flowers today.

trail running
3 months ago

Gorgeous views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area! I started/ended at Rainbow gulch and my app said I completed 15.73 miles. Relatively flat run for the area but my feet were smoked! I will be completing this run many times in the future!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful! I started the trail on the other side of the dam for enormous views of Pikes Peak. Side trails take you to the water. Tons of huge rocks on the beach for climbing. The water is so pristine and bright blue/green. Most of the forest on the other side of the lake was burned. I definitely recommend starting this trail from the dam.

hiking
3 months ago

Elks Range Trail not open till June sometime
But still great out and back

Amazing trail for bikers some good mechanical stuff in the beginning and gnarly.

hiking
3 months ago

Elks Trail not open
So just out n back
Round trail of 12-13 miles would be great

Did the full 16 mile loop from rainbow gulch. Very little elevation gain but definitely tough on the feet. Hadn't planned on doing the whole loop but it was well worth it.

Easy trail with some good views of Denver

Well, what a disappointment, I’ve been wandering around this neighborhood for a few minutes trying to find a trail entrance only to realize it’s not a trail it’s a Street in the city. It is a nice neighborhood, but it certainly not anything like a trail. Don’t waste your time.

hiking
4 months ago

Very peaceful trail. Low to no traffic. Easy terrain through and through.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun, scenic hike where you will see hikers, bikers and people on horseback. We are beginner hikers and the incline was pretty challenging but doable - even with a 20 lb baby on your back. Super close to downtown Golden for a bite after you’re finished!

Dirt road to trailhead, went in a compact sedan and made it — slowly. There is a huge trail system here and this particular route was just okay. Yesterday there was a bit of snow on the trail but no extra traction devices were needed. Where the trail ends on the all trails map above is in the middle of a trail with no view or lookout to speak of. Luckily we met a nice gentleman who told us to continue straight take a right on the dirt road, then take the first trail off to the left and explore around the boulders on Chautauqua peak. The views were alright nothing out-of-this-world.

The trail cuts through a meadow/Gulch which I’m sure would be amazing in the summer with all the wildflowers. That is when I would recommend completing this trail. I likely would not return in the winter.

We really enjoyed this trail. Also glad we brought the 4 wheel drive vehicle for the road to the trail head. It’s a steady up or down trail, not much flat. Today there was still some ice and snow on the trail. We met only one other person on the trail.

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