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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.
CJ W. on Crystal Creek Reservoir Trail
Steep Trail. HIKING POLES STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! Very Beautiful Trail with breath taking views. Very Good workout! The rewards of this trail are worth it. Ends at the Crystal Reservoir at the base of Pikes Peak. Becareful on the trail. There are some very narrow parts of the trail with steep mountain sides. Bring plenty of water.
A beautiful short hike in a hidden canyon but steep and quite tricky in parts with snow and ice when we hiked it in late March. You will need good hikers and gloves for the rocks. And don't be tempted to take the road down at the reservoir: it ends at a private property gate...perhaps some general's ranch?
My husband and I did this hike last year and I have to say, it is one of the best we've done. Absolutely beautiful scenery and not too terribly difficult. The end of the hike is well worth it. Just to sit on the rocks, have a snack and take in all of God's beauty before you head back down is priceless. Looking forward to doing again this year. Definitely recommend.