hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

nature trips

birding

forest

wildlife

dogs on leash

trail running

mountain biking

dog friendly

kid friendly

river

lake

camping

horseback riding

off road driving

snowshoeing

waterfall

backpacking

fishing

fly fishing

scenic driving

cross country skiing

rock climbing

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.

Nice day hike with great views.

hiking
12 hours ago

Did this hike yesterday, with the addition of an ascent of Clinton Peak. Very pretty area, but hiking a road isn't my favorite, and on a weekend it could really suck to share it with ATVs & modified 4-wheelers. Climb of Clinton from the lake is a workout, especially the final slope.

hiking
20 hours ago

Nice easy trail, I like running this on a recovery day or to loosen up during your tapering time before a race.

trail running
1 day ago

Ran the loop today with the addition of the M to N loop on the far East side. Going clockwise, it's a gnarly little hill coming back up. Also, if your looking far a longer run at the bottom of the M to N loop there is a pedestrian bridge that connects to the Phillip S Miller park trails. There is a trail race " Castle Rock Trail Festival" that will include this trail - Oct 7. Good trail for training and easy to get to.

Did this trail today for the first time... nice easy hike up to the falls for some great pictures and a good spot to relax. Not too busy, and most groups had friendly dogs with them. Nice shaded forest hike most of the way up. On the way back down the trail we stopped at Horsethief Park (the prairie area off to the right) and spotted a large young bull moose in the tall grass about 80-100 yards away... incredible sight... wish I could have got my camera out before he spotted us and trotted off down into the valley.

hiking
1 day ago

Did the loop counter-clockwise and echo the sentiment below about wishing I'd brought a little more water (or a water filter). What a beautiful and varied loop hike though! There are five or six creek crossings that require a removal of your boots, unless you want them to be soaked! Dome Rock wouldn't be out of place in Yosemite. Very striking feature. The aspens were changing color in a lot of places on September 18, not quite turning in others. Overall, a very peaceful and beautiful outing with not too many people on the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Holy crap. Bring enough water to do the entire loop. I've done it previously on horseback...consider myself a pretty experienced hiker.. moderate hike. I went through the canyon first and went counter-clockwise for a bigger challenge. I got it!! Beautiful aspen/rock photos.

Check out a 4K 360 view of this whole trail on YouTube. https://youtu.be/bb_vS86D8sE
Know what to expect before you head out to the trailhead; including where to park, how steep of a climb, and where are the best spots for a great view.
-Trail 360

All we could ask for!!

Great trail! Some interesting rock formations also by the trail. The parking lot is nearly full even on Monday so if you have a choice, avoid weekends or get there early. Driving up there is a bit hassle. Some of the unpaved road is like long stretch of speed bumps.

hiking
1 day ago

GORGEOUS hike! Lakes are incredible. Easy to traverse. One of my favorites.