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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.

Beautiful trail in all respects. Well worn and well travelled trail along the creek to the first falls. No trash! Nice to run trails with no litter and no graffiti :) It is off limits because the property owner (Cave of the Winds) does not want to be responsible if you or I twist an ankle or something similar in our overly litigious world. If you hike or run trails you should take responsibility for yourself and your actions :) Great run but not to be taken lightly in flash flood season. Parked down in town at free lot and ran up. Have fun!

This was a beautiful hike! I went on 3/2 and it was completely dry, with not a lot of hikers at all. It was a steady climb up, with some down hill parts as well. There are gorgeous views of the lake the entire hike, and the top offers beautiful views of the lake/dam. I highly recommend!

Great for a quick hike and if you go in winter you might catch the river and waterfall completely frozen, which is stunning.

Awesome hike. The way up is almost as enjoyable as the view at the top. Slick in many places. We started by 9 and didn’t see too many people. We also did Horsethief and checked out the frozen waterfall. A great day.

Pretty easy, but great view!

Great hike! Beautiful forest hike with some views. However, if you continue up the trail further and break out of the trees, views galore!

3 days ago

Difficult hike-not for typical beginner/intermediate hiker. Had difficulty staying on the correct trail. Took wrong trail early on- went right, should’ve stayed left. Trail is very loose- mostly dirt/gravel. Summit is great. Good views of city and Rampart Range.

Climbed on March 11th, 2018. Took me about 6 hours to get to the top after stopping periodically for the view and lunch. Climb was fairly easy until around 11,500 ft, then the elevation started to slow me down. Not much snow on the bottom but by the time we reached the top it was 3' in some spots. Close to the top you can only identify the trail by prints in the snow. Views were fantastic and photo ops were abundant. Crowded at the top by people who drove up (Road closes at 3pm for the way up, 4pm on the way down).

It was definitely a lot of a fun, and I'm sure I'll do it again.

5 days ago

great hike, a bit steep but short with great views. very little ice/snow.

Hiked about 5 miles up this trail to a trail junction. There was patches and stretches of snow at higher elevations but not enough to post hole or need snow shoes. The first mile and a half has current logging operations and is kind of a mess. On the way down, there were a couple of men who drove about a mile to a mile and a half up the trail where a lot of the logs were stacked and were shooting rifles. Made a very unpleasant last half hour. They were fairly close to the trail and when we passed them, their gunshots were very loud and we didn't have the protective ear plugs they did. I wouldn't hike this one again unless doing a backpacking loop in the area.

Nice easy hike

Unexpectedly good.

Be prepared for a rough hike back down. I only ended up on my rear once. Your legs will be tired when you get to the top, but coming down is a workout too! Tip for the way down: be in a semi crouched position, find the path with the most loose scree available and ride it down. Otherwise you are on loose dirt which is harder to stay upright on while going down the mountain

A pretty nice walk through meadows and forest. No snow or mud. Just sandy trails. A great way to wear out the pups!

off road driving
6 days ago

Demetri, Keith & anyone else that might want to share: Please never publicly share the location of an abandoned vehicle (especially with the make and model)... trailsoffroad.com mentions it a bit more responsibly:

> Special Note - Winter Season 2017/2018: There is a large object that is blocking part of the trail. This blockage is a full blocking of the trail at the location. trailsoffroad teams will be out soon to document exactly where this debris is and will note it here as "as far as you can go". The Pike's Peak Ranger District has been made aware of the object, but it may be spring before it's removed from the trail. Do NOT try to bypass the object as some have and turn around. If you do a Trip Report for this trail, please take GPS cordinates of the problem when you encounter it and we will note it here.

Fun and well-managed trail with a steep gradient and beautiful views that make it all worth it.

off road driving
6 days ago

took my stock 18 Crosstrek today with 4 friends and murdered most of that trail. Stock tires, 8.7 inches of ground clearance saved our asses.

Note: about 10 miles in there is a small frozen stream with a Ford escape frozen solid up to mid door. inside is full of ice, its awesome. Unfortunately you can't easily get passed it. I don't think the forest service can clear it till spring.

Frozen falls were beautiful. Be very careful on the icy death traps coming up on the side of Catamount Falls. Very slippery spots throughout the trail, recommending microspikes.

My husband and I took 3 babies and our 5 year old today. It was beautiful but much harder of a climb than we expected carrying one baby in a pack and pushing the other 2 babies in a double bob stroller while the 5yo walked. Water still 99% frozen but beautiful still!

Our family’s first hike after moving to the Colorado Springs area. Loved it. I carried our 1.5yo toddler on my back with minimal difficulty and for not being in great “high altitude” shape yet. 6yo daughter did great as well. Most difficult part of the hike is the loose gravel coming down, just gotta take your time. Beautiful/very windy view at the top. Look for the Visitor’s Log inside the green ammo box at the summit.

Great trail, however not what it seemed. The upper end of 666 is in reconstruction. I had to back track to the split for 776 and 667. This rounded off Kineo nicely to seven bridges. Disappointed to not be able to head right up the canyon. But great views and a challenge!

One of my favorite trails. There's a good climb, then a nice stroll through aspen trees. It's definitely a repeater trail.

trail running
10 days ago

Mostly flat nice trail. Good views but it is along a fairly busy road. We only did the first 4 starting in Woodland Park. I think itget more secluded the further you go.

10 days ago

Honestly really enjoyed this trail! Very difficult for a beginner/intermediate hiker. I didn’t finish all the way up, but I play on going back for sure!

Started at 6 am...was a little disappointed that after hiking all day....the summit house only had t-shirts that said I Hiked from the car....way too commercialized....and too many people. Prefer less crowded 14ers....

I was not initially planning on doing the entire loop but ended up being able to! App says distance is 13.1 miles but my GPS said 14.6 by the time I was actually finished. Not any significant elevation gains or technical areas but the trail was not marked at all. Went clockwise and didn't see a trail marker until close to the dam. Popular trail but people weed out the further in you go. I am a novice hiker and would recommend a partner just due to the distance and seclusion.

14 days ago

Hiked 3/2/18. As previously reported the road to trailhead is snow covered. I made it fine with AWD and you could make it with 2wd BUT if someone else is coming the other direction then you might get stuck trying to move over for them. Fantastic hike overall. Trail was snow covered but spikes were not needed

beautiful hike on 2.26.18. it was very dry despite snow in other places. no spikes or yaktracs were needed. this is a really great trail

Great trails, nice views. Good balance of hills and flats, woodlands and Meadows. Saw a couple elk and few deer. Very few people for a Saturday afternoon.

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