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snowshoeing
1 day ago

Did a full moon snowshoe hike for the eclipse Sunday night. Road conditions are manageable in a high clearance 4 by 4 but you should have all season tires, chains would be nice. Nice trench laid all the way from the TH to the Crags and route finding was easy even at night. If in doubt, hike up from the Mennonite Camp, don’t rely on others to pull you out. Beautiful snow conditions! About 2-2 1/2 feet of snow. Good BC Nordic skiing too!

We opted for this hike because it seemed to offer more visual interest (and wind protection) than the more open meadow trails to the south, but the downside to this forested loop was that about a third of the trail was covered in mud or ice. We saw a couple of trail runners but otherwise we found pure solitude, despite it being the tail end of a holiday weekend. Plus, no highway traffic to be seen or heard in this corner of the park! We’ll certainly come back again when it dries out a bit.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

January 21st, must wear spikes and bring poles! Dress warm! It’s fantastic!

hiking
2 days ago

It was a beautiful area but didn’t quite make it to snowshoe because 4 cars (all 4 wheel drive even) got stuck in the deep snow along the way and we got sandwiched in between. I definitely recommend stopping at the Mennonite camp and hiking up from there because driving any further might not be possible (and you might get stuck for 2 hours like we did). Tips for driving: STAY IN THE TRACKS. It’s definitely one lane at the moment so if you meet another car...the only way around really is to back up. Most cars got stuck because they moved slightly to one side to make room to pass but ended up in a snow bank. Overall, will definitely be returning when there is less snow.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Very pretty the mud is common with the season we are in. Just know that the north side of the trail is extremely rocky. The south side [which is closer to the university] is more smooth for if you have children, more pups, etc.

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Awesome hike! Snow packed where it’s shady and pretty muddy where there was sun. Spikes definitely would have helped but I was able to do it without them.

Lots of snow after the storm a couple days ago. You could see an indent in the snow where the trail was, but it wasn’t clear enough after a bit and we ended up blazing our own trail up to the ridge just below Devils Playground. I was moving slower than the other two guys I went with so we agreed on a turn-around time and they went up to the ridge just over the road for a glimpse of Colorado Springs. Probably they would have made it to the summit if it weren’t for blazing a new trail through the snow. We ran out of time and came back down disappointed to not summit, but the day was beautiful and you can’t complain whenever you get to spend time up at those altitudes. Reminds you of the beauty and wildness of this place, even if there is a road and shop at the very top (closed today due to ice and wind). Advice for other hikers, if there’s been a snow storm within the last few days, don’t assume the trail will be packed down- take snowshoes. Only reason for only 4 stars is because some trail markers would be helpful.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty cool trail.. highly recommend!

hiking
5 days ago

Moderate hiking trail with plenty of room to adventure! Be sure to follow the trail map - there are quite a few “mini” trails throughout the route. Overall, great hike!

Beautiful winter hike great place to watch the sunrise amazing views all around. Word of thanks to the snowshoers who went up the previous day , made the hike much easier.

Took my own route to get to Pulpit Rock so I haven't taken the entire trail. beautiful open space, easy path, but wasn't impressed by the view of the town. It was really fun to climb the rocks though!

View was great, however getting up and down was a challenge. Tons of off trails that are easily confused as the main trail, it was really frustrating. I tried to follow the directions on this app, but it was almost impossible. It was an ok hike that I probably won’t do again, but like I said, the view is dope.

Excellent canyon countryside. Not a well-marked trail. I ended up on several false trail branches, but that kind of added to the fun of exploration. Took several attempts to find the right trailhead due to closed roads, private roads, and lack of accurate coordinates. Almost zero cell coverage, so be prepared to be out of contact. I did the loop clockwise as recommended by several who said it was better to accomplish the sketchy/rougher parts of trail near the start when fresh. There were two places where landslips had mostly taken out the trail, but there’s been some rudimentary work at making the trail passable. Plenty of evidence of bears and coyotes. Several creek crossing made keep dry feet a bit of a challenge.

snowshoeing
10 days ago

Currently there is about 24inches of snow on the trail. If you don’t have 4x4 with snow tires, bring chains or cables or park by the camp. Had to help several stuck cars on road that got stuck and could not reach parking at trailhead. A rav4, Honda Pilot, bmw and Ford Explorer all had all wheel drive but didn’t have the tires needed for that kinda of snow.

Very close to the house and a good place for a quick escape from stress.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked on 1-13-19. The Road past the Mennonite Camp was not plowed. With well over a foot of Snow, several Vehicles got stuck. The Hike is one of my favorites to date. The Trail is uphill for the first and last parts, with a long meadow in the middle. It had been well traveled in the Snow and easy to follow. Micro Spikes and Gators came in handy. It took us over 4 hours with a short break at the top and many breather s along the way.

Beautiful hike, but difficult for sure (its all inclined). It was so slippery, we had to slide back down almost the whole way. The only reason I give it a 4 star & not 5 is because you cannot hardly tell where the right trail is. We ended up going off trail & freestyling up for a good 20min of steep shrub & gravel. I will do it again when its nicer outside. :)

Super easy trail. I parked at the first parking lot (there's 2). The trails aren't marked so you just have to work around them. I ended up heading straight towards pulpit rock and climbed up for a challenge. There is a trail that goes all the way around it for an easier climb up to the top. Went during the week around 2 and it was moderate traffic with drones and selfie takers. Took about 20min and less to reach the top. Easy Hike, not very peaceful, but the overlook is cool

good quick spot for a hike in the city. nice view over the town. could be a little steep getting to the top for some.

hiking
14 days ago

Very challenging hike....risk vs reward on this hike questionable (especially this time of year). Not well marked, scree, ice....etc. Pick another hike in Colorado....no shortage of awesome/safe hikes.

on The Chutes Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Nice location.
Wonderful views.
Nice parking lot with bathroom
Would recommend

trail running
16 days ago

Challenging first 1.7 (according to Garmin watch) mile up through some ice and snow. Coming back down was gradual downhill and fun to run. Trail has some great views. We were there on a sunny winter Sunday and only came by a few other people.

Did this hike Jan.5 ,2019 pleasant hike for this time of year, easy beginning hike up until climbing the saddle which has some deep snow to deal with afterwards a nice view of the summit and a very easy hike starts to get more strenuous once you start rock hopping near the top well worth all the work beautiful views all the way

Returned to do the entire loop. Clocks in at 6.2 miles. Good workout, conquering the almost 1300 ft of elevation gain. Popular on the weekend, but few do the entire loop. Many sections of slippery ice/snow. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable without traction spikes, but saw some going without, although very slowly. The loop doesn’t exit where the parking/trailhead is, you need to turn right down snow-covered road to Gold Camp Rd, go up the hill to find trailhead parking. Long, challenging hike, but worth it as it is beautiful!

on Heizer Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Went today....needed spikes and poles as the trail was snowy/icy and super slick. Saw mountain lion tracks and no other hikers to speak of. Great challenging trail with stunning views

Nice hike with great views. First half can get snow/icy, so bring traction if you’re not “sure-footed”. Quiet during the week, popular hike on the weekend. Challenging up hill, but not hard. If you’re in decent shape, shouldn’t be a problem. Saw lots of deer. Beautiful view at the summit. Will do this trail again!

walking
18 days ago

It was my first summit hike in Colorado. Great views and a good challenge.

hiking
18 days ago

Not bad for a quick hike close to the city. You're close to roads and can hear traffic through a good part of it.

Nice light hike in the city.
Going counter-clock-wise is a gentle assent with summit toward the end and a steeper quicker decent back.
Lots of alternatives shortcuts if you don't feel like hiking all 4 miles

hiking
21 days ago

We participated in the "First Hike" this year on the Blackmer Loop Trail. It was a guided hike with about 12 participants. We took the Blackmer loop from the Limekiln trailhead for a ~5 mile hike. The volunteers and rangers provided hot chocolate, souvenir cups, and a fire for us before and after the hike. This trail was covered in ~2 inches of snow. There were 1-2 slippery spots with loose gravel or smooth rocks where my boots slipped. We saw three bucks, two doe, and several birds. The trail guide presented historical facts about Harry M. Blackmer. If you have some time, look up the "Teapot dome scandal" and "Blackmer v. United States" to better understand some historical background associated with the trail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmer_v._United_States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot_Dome_scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_B._Fall

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