dogs on leash
off road driving
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.
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.
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.