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Great views from the top of Pulpit and then finish it off with a hike around the 4 mile scenic loop. I saw to bucks and a doe cling to the rocks along the way. Enjoyable and easy hike, except to the top of Pulpit which is maybe moderate. Enjoy!!!!

Nice trail. Even though the loop is about 4 miles, you can easily get from the trailhead to the top of the Pulpit Rock in about 30-40 minutes. The last 100 yards is a little challenging for kids but doable. Great views.

Don’t follow the map directions. Leads you to a subdivision

Moderate hike up the side of Pulpit Rock to get to the top. Kid friendly. Young children will need help.

The directions for this just lead to a subdivision. Do not use the map directions.

So fun and a great workout! There’s a variety of different ways you can get to the top. I wouldn’t recommend bringing little ones because it’s tough to get up there with the .

Don’t be mislead. There are certainly easy stretches of trail in this small but worthy park, but other areas have unsteady footing where children and seniors could struggle. For this reason, I would put this on the moderate side of easy. It is also somewhat difficult to determine which path will take you where you want to go without this app open and a good cell signal - the trails aren’t marked very well and crisscross each other.

Caveats aside, if you take the suggested route, you will be treated to a beautiful view of the city and the front range of the Rockies.

Recommend wearing a sturdy pair of hiking shoes/boots as the terrain can be unsteady and slippery. Also beware cacti right on or just off the trail. Finally, not a lot of tree cover, so a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen are advised.

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1 month ago

This is a very short and easy hike. I was disappointed to find someone smoking at the top :-( This makes a good little side trip to take on your way to Garden of the Gods from points north on I-25.

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1 month ago

Nice walk through Austin Bluffs with a little elevation gain near Pulpit Rock. Nice views. There are places where the trail is not clear, but cell reception was good the whole way.

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1 month ago

This is a great hike for families

A bit confusing, but fun none the less. I took my dog running on this trail and had a great time. Beautiful views of the city and Pikes Peak halfway through.

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2 months ago

Good overall hiking area. I would rate it more than easy because some of the inclines and descents could be tricky for those that don't hike often. The outer loop is boring and full of dog poo from inconsiderate people. I like the eastern half of the main trail because it's more narrow and less trafficked = less people, dog poo, and screaming kids.

It's a pretty area, and really nice because it's in the middle of The Springs and easy to access. There are many trails going all over the place and there are no signs so it's easy to get off course, but nearly impossible to get lost. Enjoy!

Short hike. Gorgeous views. Fairly easy, but some steep areas. Watch for rattlesnakes on the trail and definitely stay on the trail. One almost got our dog!

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2 months ago

Had a great time on this hike. We went off the trail and it made it quite a bit harder but it was excellent rock climbing and great views. If you stick to the trail as described it would be easy for sure.

Decent hike while it was well-marked. It’s very easy to get off track toward the end, and you’re better off following one of the better marked trails. Some elevation here and there makes it a fun trail, though!

Trail is short but gives some good views of Colorado Springs.

Took our elementary aged kids, perfect for them!

I just wish the trails were marked.

If this is moderate, then I need to go back to easy. There was a lot of ascending and descending over rocks and tree trunks, and 300 foot descent and ascent overall. In a few parts, it was very difficult to tell where the trail was supposed to be. I cut off a big part of it and only did about 1.6 miles. It was lovely, though.

Great fun, lots of small trails, different ways to get to the top. While high above the starting point, sitting and dangling my feet off the pulpit wasn't scary, even though I don't normally like heights. The trails could be posted better. You can see the pulpit from almost anywhere in the park.

A very nice area to hike in the middle town a in back of UCCS. Lots of side trails can take you in unexpected directions. Still, pretty and you can’t get forever lost. Beware that the entry point on this map is not quite right. The entry path is at a bump out circle on the Main Street, Rockhurst. The point indicated on the map has been closed.

Very good trail, a little elevation gain going on but it’s nothing too bad. It is rocky though.

Very rocky in places. You have been warned

Great trek with the kids. 5 year old to 10 years old had little issues hiking or climbing. Amazing views.

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4 months ago

2.14.18 - Super windy! so far, this was my favorite trail out of all that I've done! However, if you follow this loop to the T, I feel it is more on the moderate side of easy, and not just to climb Pulpit Rock. It may not have massive elevation gains, but the trails are narrow, rocky, and trenched. Looks like a ton of fun for mountain bikers!!

I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 because there are (what feels like) 300 different and unmarked trails that intersect and converge over one another. I accidentally went off the indicated trail loop twice and only finished by having my All Trails gps map in my hand at all times... takes away from the enjoyment. That being said, this loop gives you a little of everything: Creeks, canyons, bluffs, rock climbing, open prairie, etc. Would definitely do this one again, even with all the issues. Beautiful!!

family friendly and offers great views of Colorado Springs.

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4 months ago

Not an easy trail climbing to the top of this rock. The trails around the base are easy, but going up the rock structure is moderate. But it’s so worth the climb. Me and my Bubs are scared to death of heights but we made it to the top and were rewarded with the view of the Rocky Mountain Range. We could even see The Garden Of The Gods in the distance, and Pikes Peak was gorgeous. Lots of peeps were coming and going but everyone was friendly.

on Pulpit Rock Short Loop

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5 months ago

This was a fun hike to the top of the submit and not overly difficult.

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5 months ago

Easy trail with an amazing outcome. You quickly get a reward of the whole mountain range! Easy climbing area too.

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