wild flowers


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dogs on leash

trail running

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fly fishing

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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.

Aspens are at their peak and starting to drop their leaves. Walked from Highway 285 trailhead in 1.5 miles and back. Easy incline and amazing views. The trail is very busy with hikers, families, photographers, bikers and dogs.

I love this trail. yeah it sucks seeing people at the top, but in my opinion, it's better than the 500 people you see while climbing most 14ers.
I went on a Saturday morning and saw 5 people before getting to the top. Fun!

on French Pass Trail

mountain biking
12 hours ago

Great trail...some really steep sections

trail running
15 hours ago

Best time to run is late September! The leaves are stunning!

16 hours ago

off road driving
17 hours ago

Very beautiful area!! Very easy trail for moderate built rigs, or decent driver. Just take it slow and enjoy the view (due to campers coming in and out).

18 hours ago

mountain biking
20 hours ago

21 hours ago

This trail is challenging in the beginning with rocky switchbacks up to the top. Recommended to wear shoes that have good traction and if you have any ankle or foot issues, extra support.

Once we got to the Garden of Eden, it was well worth the work. The colors through the garden with the creek running along displayed fall in Colorado at its finest. We went through to the reservoir and got to see the clouds coming in with Pikes Peak in the background and it was an awesome experience being up with the clouds. With the clouds rolling into the Garden of Eden coming back, it felt like an enchanted forest with some of the freshest air I've ever experienced. We had times of sun and rain so pack different layers for Fall treks.

The hike back went very fast because it was all down incline and we found ourselves wanting more. A waterfall, the Garden of Eden with a peaceful creek, the reservoir with Pikes Peak.... made for an outstanding day of hiking.

Our hike took us about 4 hours from parking lot to reservoir and back.

22 hours ago

Great but challenging hike!

Great trail with beautiful aspen groves!

off road driving
1 day ago

Fall color foliage was decent today.

1 day ago

Good hike. Definitely wouldn’t recommend for small kids. A lot of elevation gain, some scrambling over rocks is needed. Stay LEFT on the way up. You’ll see some spots where you think the trail goes right but stay left. The views at the top are amazing. Once you hit the aspen meadows look for the blue dots on the left. The last bit of the trail is practically straight uphill.

We were looking for an easy hike where we could enjoy the fall colors and as a diversion during our drive along Guanella Pass. We were shooting to make it to the ridge, and I believe we did, but we didn't really know it because there wasn't any sort of vista. It was a good hike for what we were looking for today.

1 day ago