Explore the most popular camping trails in Pike National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
1 day ago

Just did this loop with a 2001 Xterra with 31" A/T tires and a 3" lift. Most of the trail was a breeze, but the section with the sunken car and a few climbs after it felt a little hairy. Very fun though, but be smart, be careful. The section near the car still has ice on the ground and is sloped toward the mud pit. It blows my mind that car even attempted driving out there...

Hiked on April 14th, 2018. I'd recommend spikes, but you can get away without them. Definitely don't need snowshoes. Trail is pretty well marked, but make sure to keep an eye out for cairns above treeline.

on Red Rocks Trail

hiking
7 days ago

I hiked Mule Creek on the other side of 67 and wanted some additional mileage. For Mule Creek, I had parked on the left immediately after crossing the cattle gate on 342 (there is a nice single track trail leading to Mule Creek from there). So, I only need to walk across 67 once I had returned from Mule Creek. I picked up the trail on the right side of the dirt road (where there is parking for maybe 3 cars) and followed that. I took a trail that headed uphill for a short bit to a ridge. Following that I had great views of the rock formations (beautiful!). I continued, staying on the trail rather than exploring the formations. Pass the power lines, there were some smaller rock formations. They had these sweet, comical rock "faces" that had me laughing. I then headed down to the bigger formations, finding a nice place to relax. It was cold today and not many people, but I was thinking it would be a great place to sit and relax for inspiration on a sunny, warm day. It's just so peaceful! I returned the same way I came -- but I will be back to explore more!

hiking
7 days ago

Fun, easy, great views. Pretty simple hike but worth it.

Nice trail. Contrary to previous post, bikers should be respectful of hikers, not the other way around. According to forest service rules, Bikes yield to both Hikers and and Horseback riders. This is especially important due to hills and blind curves where bikes could collide with hikers and Horseback riders with disastrous results for all.

off road driving
10 days ago

Pretty good one. My power wagon was just a bit to big in spots though. Whoops.

just went on this trail yesterday 4/8/18 with my tundra with 3" level and 35s , a stock Tacoma and a f150 with 3" level. made the loop around and got out. came up on a car that was frozen in the creek up to the Windows. Definitely a learning experience for sure.

off road driving
15 days ago

Thought it'd be great to do this road after the recent snow and it didn't disappoint. We couldn't do the whole loop due to the "sunken object" still being stuck in the ice on 311A. Didn't want to chance going around it. I walked up to the bypass and fell thru the ice about 6 inches just walking on it. Wasn't bringing my jeep thru that.

Other than that it was a great ride in 6-8 inches of snow.

hiking
18 days ago

The views are amazing. Also the Barr Camp stop is great right before the hiking gets really tough. I will say, I would recommend letting the snow and ice melt a little more. Could not have done this Trail without micro spikes. It made the last 3 miles particularly rough. I’ll definitely do this Trail again, probably just between June and September. Also, be smarter than me, and don’t assume you can buy a ticket and ride the cog rail down. It’s closed indefinitely.

Great trail to take your friends or family who are visiting the area. Such a rare find! Love this place.

HIKED ON APRIL 1, 2018

START: 6:30AM
END: 2:30PM

This was my first 14er. Would not recommend as first 14er for most people unless you hike a lot in difficult conditions. The 13 miles RT and 4300ft elevation gain is not easy without proper training and hiking experience.

YOU DO NOT NEED 4WD TO GET TO TRAILHEAD!! ROAD IS PERFECTLY CLEAR FOR ALL TYPES OF CARS

Hike to summit took 4 hours. 2 hours up to tree line, 2 hours above tree line. Lots of elevation gain on first half of hike. Make sure to look for and follow Cairns, some are hard to see but trail is marked the whole way. Some scrambling the final bit up to summit but not difficult.

Spent maybe an hour at summit. Ate lunch and took some pictures before heading down.

Hike back to trailhead took about 3 hours.

Other than strong wind and some icy spots in the trees this was a pretty chill hike. Not too difficult for an intermediate hiker.

2 hour drive from Denver to Trailhead

Very cool rock formations. Doesn’t really need a well- defined trail. Easy to find from two parking areas.

I've done these peaks numerous times over the last 45 yrs. I've taken a number of beginners. They are possibly the easiest 14ers, but they have beautiful views. I've read that some consider the southwest descent off Bross to be one of the most difficult descents off any 14er. As others have recommended, stay off the summit of Bross but you can get close enough to legitimately tick it off the list. Great way to get 4 in one day. An 8 am start is late.

Not many views, but a nice trip.

off road driving
27 days ago

Did the whole loop even passed the frosty bridge of wonders. I probably shouldn’t have risked it but I got passed it. Now that I think of it, I really shouldn’t have tried that lol. Plenty of decent rocks and places to sit and relax at. I enjoyed it.

Lot of snow. Had to hike in from County Hwy 8 about 2 miles due to snow on the road/ someone getting their Tahoe stuck right in the middle of the road. From Kite Lake there was between 6 inches and 3 feet of snow to walk through to get up Democrat. Was a challenging hike with the snow but the views and the weather was great.

backpacking
28 days ago

Great introduction to hiking in the Rockies without any technical or strenuous sections.

backpacking
28 days ago

What was supposed to be a one nighter, turned into a day hike with our full packs! The trail is in good condition, we were met with some sections on the north side of hills that were icy, and one section well above Lenny’s Rest that requires microspikes to pass. Some sections of mud as well. Ran into more mountain bikers than anything and a couple of trail runners. We were met with perfect weather.

Need 4wheel drive to get to trailhead. Rough terrain on the road. Trail is easy to follow until you get above the tree line. With it being slightly snow covered we lost it up the first ascent which led to a slow climb to the basin. High winds in the basin section until you get to Devil’s playground. Didn’t need traction devices on way up but used yaktrax on the way down to avoid slipping on some ice patches. Long hike but great views of the continental divide & the crags!

hiking
28 days ago

Beautiful. Solitary. Saw a total of 7 people in 3 hours. Trail snow packed and only needed spikes bit a bit difficult to follow. Wish it were well marked. 4 miles in and tracks stopped. I tried to venture further but lodgepoled. Snow too deep after that without snowshoes. Still, lovely trail. If you’re looking for stillness without a lot of foot traffic, this is it. Look forward to hiking this in summer.

hiking
28 days ago

It's OK.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice trail for novice hikers. Went clockwise to tackle the incline first, wooded with a few really nice views. After walking to the loop, the next couple miles were not easy due to rise in elevation, but not technical; lots of trail to work with. The descent was absolutely beautiful; really enjoyed the massive boulders, the woods closed in around you.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike. Snowed a few inches the night before which actually might have been a good thing, as it was pretty icy in some spots. We went clockwise and the 2nd half was really nice in the woods.

off road driving
1 month ago

The mysterious object blocking the trail is still there. We drove around it over the ice, but I definitely would not recommend it. Super scary !!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Drive to the trailhead was easy. Ice on a few areas of the trail. Used spikes; no problem! Beautiful hike this morning!

As of March 17, most of the trail is snow and ice free but there were a few sections that required spikes. We witnessed a few mountain bikers that were turned around at around mile 10 or 11 due to a long icy section in the trail.

Overall pretty hike. We stayed at the camping area near Bear Creek and had a beautiful, clear night with 25 degree temps. Bear creek was fairly silty so a filter would be helpful. I was using UV and had to strain the water.

The 10 miles from the dam to the South Platte River trailhead should have a rating of 4 but the crowds in Waterton Canyon tend to hurt the overall Segment 1 trail ratings.

Climbed on March 11th, 2018. Took me about 6 hours to get to the top after stopping periodically for the view and lunch. Climb was fairly easy until around 11,500 ft, then the elevation started to slow me down. Not much snow on the bottom but by the time we reached the top it was 3' in some spots. Close to the top you can only identify the trail by prints in the snow. Views were fantastic and photo ops were abundant. Crowded at the top by people who drove up (Road closes at 3pm for the way up, 4pm on the way down).

It was definitely a lot of a fun, and I'm sure I'll do it again.

off road driving
1 month ago

Demetri, Keith & anyone else that might want to share: Please never publicly share the location of an abandoned vehicle (especially with the make and model)... trailsoffroad.com mentions it a bit more responsibly:

> Special Note - Winter Season 2017/2018: There is a large object that is blocking part of the trail. This blockage is a full blocking of the trail at the location. trailsoffroad teams will be out soon to document exactly where this debris is and will note it here as "as far as you can go". The Pike's Peak Ranger District has been made aware of the object, but it may be spring before it's removed from the trail. Do NOT try to bypass the object as some have and turn around. If you do a Trip Report for this trail, please take GPS cordinates of the problem when you encounter it and we will note it here.

off road driving
1 month ago

took my stock 18 Crosstrek today with 4 friends and murdered most of that trail. Stock tires, 8.7 inches of ground clearance saved our asses.

Note: about 10 miles in there is a small frozen stream with a Ford escape frozen solid up to mid door. inside is full of ice, its awesome. Unfortunately you can't easily get passed it. I don't think the forest service can clear it till spring.

trail running
1 month ago

Mostly flat nice trail. Good views but it is along a fairly busy road. We only did the first 4 starting in Woodland Park. I think itget more secluded the further you go.

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