This trail is really well maintained! We got to the trail around 9am on Saturday and there were only 5 vehicles. When we returned two hours later there were a lot more vehicles. The trail was crowded and only passed a handful of other hikers. We ended up taking a different trail (vayhinger) before the loop that led us down to the reservoir. One of the nicest hikes we’ve been on— really enjoyed it! Some of the aspens were just starting to change color

1 month ago

Really well marked trail in Pike National Forest. It’s just over 5mi round trip. We are rookies and it took us about four hours total, but we took our sweet time going in and hoofed it back, it was only about an hour and a half back. Most views within first mile or so, but a great, forested trail the further you go in, particularly in the loop. We saw fresh coyote scat in the middle of the trail in the forested loop but no sighting. We went on a Monday afternoon and saw three or four other parties (one dog, leashed) in the first mile and then had it all to ourselves otherwise. Good, varied trail, it is not difficult but the elevation and endurance make for a solid hike for two Midwesterners who aren’t yet used to the elevation. There is also a seasonal trail called Vayhinger you can get to, closer to the loop. We didn’t take it but it went down into a valley area and had decent elevation changes. Didn’t see it on AllTrails but it’s there!

Setting Perspective: I am a 50 y/o male weighing 300 lbs. I would say if you go counter-clockwise this trail is an easy moderate. If you go clockwise it is a moderate. I say this because if going clockwise the last portion of the trail is much steeper than the beginning portion. If going counter-clockwise you will be on forest service road most of the way up and it is a very gradual climb. The the last let that runs east to west is mostly level or down hill.

The description here is going counterclockwise. See my picture for more info on the three main items I am going to write about. Starting at the trailhead walk a short steep couple of switchbacks up to the "loop". I saw a large sign with another map just before the loop. I went through a fence opening and saw 2 markers for Ring the Peak. I turned right to head southeast (counter-clockwise) and the trail was a bit level at first and then descending downward to the reservoir. Looking up you see the portion of Pikes Peak that is the saddle of Devil's Playground. Look close and you may see reflections of car windows driving up Pikes Peak Highway. I continued on and the trail t-boned into a forest service road. This is item 1 circled in my picture. Turn left, Northeast, and stay on the forest road. Walk the road which has very little shade on around to what I have circled as number 2 in my picture. At number 2 keep a very sharp eye out to the left this where the trail cuts back into the woods. There are a few signs there, on the left, about Limber Pine. This where I cut back into the shade of the trees. There is brief slightly uphill grade here but after that "it's all downhill from there". Finally the number 3 circle is where there is an actual structured gap in the barbed-wire fence line. If you need to get to the parking lot a little quicker this buts right up to Edlow Road and the parking lot is just a quick jaunt away. Beware of traffic on this 2 lane road.

Overall a very pleasant trail that got my big boy heart rate up when traversing the forest service road. The Forest service road is level along the water but after making that left turn and heading back Northwest it was uphill from there, the grade was gradual but there was little shade for us as we hiked around noon time.

Enjoy the hike.

Elder-Fehn including loop is 6.5 miles. App is wrong!! Views in first 1 1/2 miles. After that it’s
trees. Well maintained. Good signage.

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5 months ago

An enjoyable hike that was easy to find. Great views of the Peak. Not overly difficult but still some good uphills along the way. More trails in area including Ring the Peak trails.

Nice trail with lots of birds!! Turned back before the loop, so may try the whole thing next time. Lots of dogs without leashes, some jumped up on us and got us pretty muddy.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Nice trail that offers some great views of Pikes Peak. Secluded but well marked and easy to follow. This trail is rated moderate, but my 6 year old was able to hike it fairly easily, and I also had my two year old in a pack, so it is fairly kid/ family friendly depending on experience. We went in late spring and there was still snow on the trail in areas.

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