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.

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icy
snow
2 days ago

Beautiful trail! Easily one of my favorites! Definitely needed our micro spikes today because of snow and ice, but it was a beautiful hike!!

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icy
muddy
2 days ago

This was a pleasant trail! Went to the right when we got to the loop and had great views on the way back. There were icy and snowy sections. I was with a friend and only I had micro spikes. There was one section where we each wore one, but other wise we made it without it, though it would have been easier to have them. Also, at one point it said we were off the trail, but we were on the marked trail, so it seemed like either All Trails had it recorded wrong or something changed. We just stayed with the marked trail the whole time and made it back just fine! Just follow the diamond trail markers :)

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icy
muddy
2 days ago

Very icy in several spots

hiking
2 days ago

Easy and short trail from TH so I usually hike here after Christmas or January/ February time with snowshoes from winter gate. Still one of my favorite winter trails.. First time I hiked this trail not using Snowshoes...

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blowdown
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Just did this November 7th and did not foresee the amount of deep snow I encountered..........I know, snow in November in Colorado, crazy, NOT!....I paid for it. With knee high snow most of the way up the first open area once I got through the trees, 40mph wind in 20degree temps, I was smoked by devils playground! I ended up going left of the trail and skirting the ridge line to avoid the deep snow drifts. I was the only one on this trail the entire way. I’m glad I brought a full kit because the way back down took longer than expected because of the snow, and my phone died at .5 miles from the summit. Micro spikes were a must and I would not advise testing this hike in the snow unless you know what you’re doing, are acclimated, and in good shape. But it was a epic adventure and I loved it!!!! I took my time and was very cautious with my footing........took six hrs to summit and 4.5 to get down due to the conditions.

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icy
muddy
snow
6 days ago

This trail is amazing! Even though there were sections of ice, mud, and snow, it was so worth it! The view at the top is incredible.

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icy
muddy
snow
9 days ago

This is beautiful hike. The trail is easy to follow. There are quite a few sections with ice. I used microspikes and had no problem at all. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area.

In August, hiked to Bar Camp. Rented the upper Cabin for the night for 6 hikers in our group. Nice to have a cooked spaghetti dinner. Hikers can buy drinks and food at the kitchen. Summited on day 2. Visitors center at the top was very crowded with car riders. Didn’t enjoy the food either. Trail was great and trails well marked. Nice incline!

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off trail
snow
22 days ago

We were super bummed when we couldn’t find the trail through the snow. We followed other people’s tracks for about an hour and a half, and then the footprints started to dwindle. It seemed that others were lost too. We eventually ran other hikers, and they had no idea where the trail was either. Throughout the trail, we saw quite a few very large bear tracks and when they started becoming more frequent, we just turned around.

This trail is every bit of a 5 star rating, and with the snow that was on the ground today I would give it a 6th star. I spoke with two guys that had just finished running a lap and they had measured 14.4 & 14.5 miles.

5 stars for scenery and what-not. Can't say I really enjoyed this hike. Broke trail almost the entire way up. Trail was a little tricky to find in spots since it hadn't been travelled since a foot of snow fell a few days ago. Post-holing quite a bit after hitting treeline. Post-holing while doing the rock scramble on the final stretch. Brutal. Was hoping for the shuttle back to Devil's Playground, but it was done for the season. Managed to hitch a ride, which you wouldn't be able to if the road was closed. Another guy on the trail said their website advertised the shuttle as running through Oct 31. Doublecheck before counting on it running. I'd recommend against being the first one to break trail after snowfall. Also, the sign indicating trail 664A is more like a half mile from trailhead, not 0.1 mile like the description says.. After I'd gone a quarter mile and hadn't seen it, I did some backtracking and wasted time and energy. Long day.

I would highly recommend this trail if you are looking for a difficult hike that is very scenic! I went in October so I could not hike the whole thing with no enough day light. Would recommend on a cooler summer day! Beautiful hike.

on Lovell Gulch Trail

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rocky
1 month ago

For the most part, I really enjoyed this trail. It gets knocked down one star because it's a little confusing to follow in a couple of spots (make sure you've downloaded your AllTrails map!) and because I didn't appreciate the areas with steep incline covered in loose rocks. Other than those things, it was great. Definitely turn right rather than left when you get to the start of the loop so that you can walk toward the great mountain views during the second half of your hike!

hiking
1 month ago

A great trail for a beautiful view at the end, is not a very difficult trail but long plenty of shade on the way and a creek flows nearby adding to the beauty

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Great trail, was very easy to navigate, never in any real danger of losing the trail. Uphills are steep and tiring, but all in all, the only difficulty encountered on this trail was the grade on some of the hills-pretty sure it averages out to almost 25% for a couple of several hundred foot stretches. Lots of beautiful nature though, and some unreal views of Sentinel Peak, particularly in the meadow after the initial uphill climb. Definitely worth the effort!

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