hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

forest

wildlife

nature trips

birding

mountain biking

trail running

kid friendly

dog friendly

dogs on leash

river

camping

off road driving

horseback riding

lake

snowshoeing

waterfall

scenic driving

fishing

fly fishing

backpacking

cross country skiing

The Pike National Forest is located in the Front Range of Colorado, United States, west of Colorado Springs and including Pikes Peak. The forest encompasses 1,106,604 acres within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

great hike.

What a magical hike in this morning's weather! Trail is in good shape until around 10k'. We turned around at that point due to snowpack and loss of trail. Nice few hours in the woods, and even enjoyed lunch in the warm sun. Dogs loved all the water.

backpacking
6 days ago

Hiked about half of this after coming in from Rosalie trail. Very quiet with awesome views. Camped near Abyss lake and then came up the back side of Bierstadt for a fun loop.

Really enjoyed this hike. The drive from Conifer to the trailhead alone was almost worth it. The first three miles you walk through the remnants of the Buffalo Creek wildfire which makes for a surreal landscape. Keep in mind that you are very exposed during the first three miles. Plan accordingly for the weather. The Chair Rocks are a bit tricky to find but well worth the search. Throughout the hike there are great views of Mount Evans and Pikes Peak. The Chair Rocks have great places to stop and have a little lunch with great views all around. Other than the length, the hike is not very strenuous. Steady climb to the rocks. It was also very quiet. Only saw a few hikers and bikers. A little far from Denver but the views and the seclusion make it worth the drive.