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wild flowers

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birding

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mountain biking

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dog friendly

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river

camping

horseback riding

off road driving

lake

snowshoeing

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backpacking

fishing

fly fishing

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Started the trail late in the day. Still a fair amount of snow. Got as far as the 4th stream crossing(near the intersection with the Rosalie trail) but the water flow had removed any way across. Anyway, turning around when we did allowed us to come upon a moose in the marshy area. Nice hike hope to do it later in the year and get an earlier start.

3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Although a pretty far drive from Denver, this trail tends to be pretty quiet which makes it worth the drive. The first mile are some fairly steep switchbacks. The next mile and a half you are walking through remnants of the Buffalo Creek wildfire. While this makes for a surreal landscape you are very exposed to the elements with no shade in sight. Be prepared. After that the trail returns to the pine forest with some great shade. There is no true end to this hike and as far as I know there is not a trail to the top of Raleigh Peak (although I did read somewhere you can get to the top if you take the old road and not the Colorado Trail). It is up to you to decide how far to go. If you are feeling adventurous you could take this trail to Chair Rocks. That would make the round trip about 12 miles. Some interesting scenery along the way but no real views of the snow caps. If you look close you get a few views of Pikes Peak.

The ONLY obvious trail marking was at the trail head. Lost the actual trail several times on the incline. Had to retrace our tracks through rough loose dirt and gravel on very steep grades. Best option was to follow the creek (some times actually in it and then crossing over it to reconnect with what may have been the trail? Didn't actually summit due to angry looking storm clouds. Beautiful scenery, waterfalls, and tree cover. Lots of fun bouldering. Loose scrambling. In desperate need of better trail markers. Not friendly for older arthritic dogos. All that being said; Definitely must return to summit!

Beautiful hike filled with waterfalls, streams, meadows, deer, and a lake at the top.
Still snowy at the top and muddy but other than that it was great

Great views and not too hard on the muscles. Very enjoyable. Lots of people with children and dogs enjoying the trail.

Stunning hike around the reservoir. Views of Pikes Peak around every corner. Be aware that this is a long but easy hike. Took us 6 hours at a slow pace and an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Don't forget your camera!! A few mountain bikes but were all courteous and no risks.

This is not a review as I've not actually been able to hike the trail. A word to the wise. This trail is not open to civilians. My husband and I called the visitors' center today, and we were told this before we made the trip. If anyone knows of a different way to access the trail, let me know!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail with great views, definitely recommend trying this one out!