Do not do this trail alone unless you have a great deal of experience in dealing with the outdoors. At some points the trail does not look like it is the trail but that is because it goes through all kinds of trees, rocks, and falling limbs, rocks, and knocked over trees. You will have to work around some of it. Especially if you want to bring young ones, please make sure you are 100% aware of the turns and marks of the trail. To in experienced persons, it can vary from moderate to hard. There are animals all over the place and the tracks and feces will prove that. I saw over 30 deer and tons of bear paw prints. Personally, wouldn't recommend attending this alone or at least without letting someone know where you are and giving them a timeline on when you will let you know you are safe. (but that's for any trail too) Nonetheless, absolutely breathtaking views and such an enjoyable hike. Will do again, and again, and again.

beautiful! but we never found the actual trail there are trails that split off. would definitely come back and hike again!

Pretty wild flowers but the background noise of the highway was constant and it was a little dull.

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10 months ago

Trip report 4/23/17. Loved this quiet easy loop through a pinon, juniper and ponderosa forest. Wildflowers are starting to bloom. Beautiful views from the overlook. Looks like the bears are out. The parking lot is directly across from a Fort Carson entrance on HWY 115. I didn't see it at first and drove past. Such a beautiful hike!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Simple & great

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Very laid back trail, recommend going off the path to see the canyon and overlook's up close. Nice view of surrounding mountains, Spanish peaks, etc.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Nice hike through multiple types of terrain. Was hoping to see a rattlesnake or two while here as a few before me have reported, but did not see any. Trail starts out a bit shrubby and desolate then blends into a nice mountainous area.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Met up with that mean rattlesnake in the previous review. Got bit and had to be helicoptered out! Be very careful!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Very nice trail with red rocks and beautiful grasslands. Watch out for rattlesnakes. We saw an angry one about 2 miles in by the dry riverbed.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

lovely little hike.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

I've hiked this trail three times in the last two weeks. Wear long sleeves and pants; many parts of the trail are overgrown and you will go through shrubs. Make sure to pay attention to trail markers. If you enjoy being closer to nature this is a wonderful hike.

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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Good trail once we found it. We got onto the dry creek bed and that was tough going. Being stubborn, we stuck to that for a mile before we turned around. The actual trail is narrow and has periodic markings, such as orange flags and wooden information kiosk/sign.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

No dogs allowed but it was still a decent trail. Parts of the trail are flat and there is not much to it. It's a thin trail and the grass is over grown so make sure to wear pants. Once you get into the trail it is gorgeous. The views are definitely worth it.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

This is a really great trail/nature preserve. I don't know why it only has 3 stars, other than no dogs. The trail is very well maintained and abundant wildlife. It's very flat and easy, great for the whole family. We somehow managed to miss the loop trail, and ended up going up into the canyon a bit. But it was a fun adventure and still a great hike. Only downside is it is a little noisy from Fort Carson and the highway. But all in all, a really great morning hike.

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Nice, short, easy trail. Plenty of good scenery and informative display signs. I'm glad I wore my backpacking boots, as I have one bad ankle, and there are many rocks on which to roll an ankle. I was in shorts, but you may want pants, as there is a lot of grass and some scrub oak to brush your legs. Nice, quick, easy trail.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Nice hike, easy trail to follow. Wear pants some parts of trail was over grown with vegetation but other wise was good.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Looked like a nice trail unfortunately no pets are allowed. I wish that was in the description before making the drive.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Nice trail. Noisy for the first mile from road traffic. Marked well and pretty easy.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Nice enough trail. Came to Aiken Canyon and wanted to go down the trail but we were unsure how long it was. Some nice views if you take the overlook.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Really easy loop trail. Very flat with a lot of wildlife and red rocks. I did this in the early summer, and all of the cacti flowers were blooming which made this even more beautiful.

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