Explore the most popular trail running trails in Austin Bluffs Open Space - Pulpit Rock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful trail with great views. The trail does run along private property lines and signs are posted throughout to stay on the trail. Great trail for mountain biking and hiking or those who don’t want to walk far to see gorgeous views.

Getting to the top was a challenge. It was a beautiful view and with it once we made it, but it was definitely not easy.

One of my favorites in town. So many different trails and loops for a short or long hike. Stroller friendly on main paths; up until the climb to the top. Child carrier preferred for this location. Happy hiking!

Moderate to difficult in some places. The trail is not well marked making it exceedingly difficult to stay on the loop. I do not recommend doing alone.

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!!!!

This app was so useful! Lots of trail options to get you up to pulpit rock. We had fun going off the main path. We stayed on the lookout for rattlesnakes & luckily did not see any! We did get to see a beautiful red deer.

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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 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!

3 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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