hiking

views

wild flowers

walking

nature trips

birding

forest

wildlife

trail running

mountain biking

dogs on leash

dog friendly

kid friendly

river

camping

horseback riding

lake

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.

hiking
21 hours ago

I can't seem to find a place that reviews the ENTIRE Spruce Creek Trail. Spruce Creek Trail takes you past Mayflower Lake, Lower Mohawk Lake, Upper Mohawk Lake, and if you keep going, it takes you through 4 additional upper lakes. The trail physically ends at the 7th lakes shoreline.

It is VERY worth it to have a four wheel drive and drive further up the road. If you do, there are 2 upper parking lots: the first one you run into has the first trailhead, and if you go even further, to the very end of the road, there is another trail head. Both are labeled "Spruce Creek Trail." I would recommend stopping at that first upper parking lot, not the second/furthest lot: this first lot takes you far enough up the very long incline of a road, which wastes so much of your energy, but ensures that you do not miss this very special stretch of the trail.

Wherever you start, it is 4.5 miles from the first trailhead to the end of the trail at the 7th lake, not including the hike back. It took approximately 5.5 hours with stops for lunch/snacks/enjoying ourselves. If you are taking the time to hike to Upper Mohawk, take the extra hour up to hike to the next four lakes. It is stunningly beautiful, the 7th lake being the most rewarding with a steady stream with fish jumping out all over the place.. Hiking back down from the 7th lake took approximately 2 hours. It was definitely a moderate hike, but if you take your time, you can expend the right amount of energy to get you there and back. This hike was stellar.

http://www.protrails.com/trail/368/summit-county-eagle-county-clear-creek-county-mohawk-lake-and-lower-mohawk-lake

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous & breathtaking !! Wild flowers & 2 lakes !!

1 day ago

I can't say enough good things about this trail. The farther you go the fewer people there are as more and more stop at the lower lakes and turn back. Very peaceful and serene. I wouldn't stop much on the bottom section through the forests...mosquitos will eat you up!

hiking
1 day ago

There's no trail head here. Parked on Hwy 9 and walked across. The trail is barely marked u til it fades away. Abandoned shed with blankets, cans, flashlights about .25 miles in. Generally creepy. I'm sure there's another silverheels trailhead but the one on the AllTrails app is not it.

hiking
1 day ago

Felt amazing to hit 4 fourteeners in a day. Took us about 6.5 hours, had to walk about a mile to the trailhead because there was a lot of people hiking. We started around 8 (later than planned) we got lucky there was not any storms. We hiked democrat first (would recommend) and then cameron, lincoln, bross. The amount of people lightened up after democrat. The decent down bross was rocky and definitely required concentration. Fun day over all. Met some great people and pups!

Altitude tough & ascend fast but wonderful views!
Descending down Mt Bross on east side is steep with lots of loose gravel & rocks!!

on The Crags Trail

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was a lot harder than expected and longer, but my daughter and I made it in 5 hours. Not that impressed with the donuts at the top...started storming on us on the way down, got hailed on, FUN!, but that really sped us up.

hiking
2 days ago

off road driving
2 days ago

Was awesome but you couldn't go the whole way because wife thot it was to rough and there was still some snow the kept you from goin all the way through

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Found this great little hike for the family. It was the perfect distance for my two and five year old with a fun waterfall to explore at the end.