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A gorgeous place to visit but they don't allow dogs any more. Which is kind of ridiculous. So only two stars.

hiking
12 days ago

Was very frustrated today by the people walking all over the formations despite the many signs that ask you not to. If you can't show some respect for Earth's beauty, please don't bother to come visit it. You're slowly destroying these beautiful features, and now all the rest of us have to look at the footprints you left and the erosion you caused rather than the natural beauty of the Paint Mines.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful trail system. It was hard for me but I am old, overweight and from Arkansas.

25 days ago

No problem if you follow the ALLTRAILS track..

hiking
25 days ago

Short trail, mostly covered by stairs. There are some decent views up at the top with scenic viewpoints. There was little water when I was there, so there wasn't much action from the cascades.

hiking
26 days ago

Hard trail to follow like previous reviews mentioned. Highly recommend trekking poles to make it easier climbing and descending.

road biking
27 days ago

Road bike is pushing it, hybrid or mountain bike better suited. Thick loose gravel in parts. Nice ride overall with beautiful scenery. Saw a few snakes on the trail but they were small, no need to let that scare you off.

Fun little hike! Wasn’t expecting the stairs, so keep that in mind, it is a very man developed trail and there are a lot of steps, some are slippery because of gravel. Brought my 2 & 4 YOs and my 12 YO dog, and they loved it, we made it all the way to the top! We had a blast sliding down the “slippery” rocks at the top and enjoying the beautiful views!

Definitely not a clear trail to follow, but the navigation and steep incline can be a fun challenge. Lots of loose gravel, I definitely fell on my butt twice and slid down. The 2 other people I saw coming down had trekking poles which would probably really help on the decent. Hiked it with my husky and had to help him up some of the scrambling and loose gravel areas.

Lots of slick dirt on downhill

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike, a few hard spots, beautiful views.

awesome hike!

Great views, close proximity to information post.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent, challenging hike / climb / scramble. Here are the key things to note:

1. The trail can get a bit hard to follow. I recommend looking through some recent recordings and loading one of those up in the app to keep you on track.

2. Quite a bit of scrambling and loose rock, so this is likely not a good hike for young kids or folks that struggle with balance or steep scrambles.

3. It is intense elevation gain in a short distance, so a great hike to use in prep for a 14er. If you prefer switchbacks or a well-designed trail this may be a disappointment.

I hiked it yesterday and ran into many encouraging people on the way. I was determined to make the summit and it was well worth the hike. I’ll definitely do it again. Very beautiful hike.

love this park! great trails in my backyard!

great for training

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome elevation gain if you are looking for a challenge. The trail is not clearly defined so you end up hiking back up and forth at times that's why gave it 3 stars. the trail should be maintained. The summit overlook is not visible until the very end but at the top the view is rewarding

Great trail, easy hike and nice view, very good for everyday exercise

Fun to run. I've heard that a mom bear and her cub is hanging out down over, be advised.

To whoever built the rock towers lining the trail to the peak, you are my hero! I would still be wondering aimlessly up there if it weren't for them! The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because the path should be more defined, I found many false trails leading me to nowhere until I stumbled on the rock towers along the actual path.

hiking
1 month ago

wouldn’t drive more than an hour for this but it definitely worth a see. It’s beautiful. Come at sunset or sunrise. We got there for 6 but 7 was better. Perfect for kids of any age... keep them off the formations though it’s really fragile. It’s honestly a walk not a hike but I managed to pushed out 3 miles using the trail. Spent 2 hours in the park. There are 3 parking lots. Park in the 2nd one

hiking
1 month ago

Went up with my 70 lb dog today. Saw lots of wild life. Tougher but very doable hike
Wear sturdy shoes and bring extra water

This hike is short, yet potent, but certainly doable if you are decently fit or at very least have determination. It can be a bit dangerous at parts, specifically because of the loose scree. I came here to say that if you are interested in spicing this hike up, different than the normal route, I suggest this:

Follow the main wide trail and turn left at the sign for Pikes National Forest Hummingbird trail. This will take you to a fork. Right for continuing hummingbird trail (the typical blodgett route) or left toward the Gamble Oak trail. Turn left. Follow this until you get to the junction of the Douglas Fir trail, turn right there. Take this all the way down until you encounter a stream. Cross the stream (it is very narrow) and you'll see a trail that runs both left and right. Turn left there (it is the uphill direction) and you will continue up Douglas Fir trail. This part a moderate hike. At the end of this trail, you will be on the summit of a small foothill, and you can clearly see blodgett peak from here. if you continue to look around, you will see cairns which will take you up to the top of the nearest foothill. once at the top, you can ride the Ridgeline all the way to blodgett peak, and back down the typical hummingbird route. it adds distance, but if you hike this often, it is nice to mix it up. Hope this helps someone!

walking
2 months ago

Like everyone else has said it looks very underwhelming at first but once you get to the formations it's definitely a cool place to see. The park is small and it's more walking then hiking. Nice place to stop for a couple hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely not for new to intermediate hikers. I decided to knock this out quick, but wasn’t quick at all +2K in climbing in 1.5 miles with extremely loose rock wasn’t fun at all. I recommend actual trail shoes and maybe poles. If you wear regular sneakers, I hope you like falling and the taste of dirt. Awesome views, however, the trail it’s marked or maintained well. I had to download the map beforehand and use it quite frequently, it was pretty annoying.

Great trail for a relatively easy hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I started at Palmer Lake this morning at 7:30am going South stopped at Ice Lake at the Air Force Academy ate my PB & J sandwich while overlooking the Lake (so serine) mounted my bike and continued South to my Rondevu point Trader Joe’s parking lot where my wife scooped me up . It was approximately 20 miles it took 2 1/2 hours taking my time.. no problem whatsoever traverse then on to the Air Force Base it is permissible as long as you’re not carrying weapons and stay on the trail... this trailer is very nice for runners individuals like myself just getting some miles in on my bicycle.. I would most definitely do it again ...

Great hike with many trail options ranging in difficulty. Watch out for rattlesnakes!

Great hike, fun for me and my friends as well as my kid.. 4 yrs old had a great time!

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