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Best camping trails in Pike National Forest, Colorado

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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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#1 - The Crags Trail
Pike National Forest
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Please note: the road to trailhead may close seasonally, extending the length of the trail. Please research prior to your visit. Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes. Not too far away the same kind or rock erodes vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth. A few miles south of Divide CO, this kind of rock formation is called "The Crags." The hike out to the granite dome (another kind of erosive pattern in this neck of the woods) from which you can view these stunning features is only two miles long. The trail is well marked (#664) and well travelled. In fact, this trek is so popular with area residents that the Forest Service just finished building a new trailhead parking area. Along the trail you'll pass through forests of enormous quaking aspen, and you'll trace the track of the beginnings of Four Mile Creek. At the end of the trail, you'll surmount a wind swept dome from which you can gaze at the Rampart Range, Ute Pass, and the whole of the Catamount Creeks drainage, including the blue reservoirs that capture and control their release. This is the perfect hike for newcomers to the Colorado Springs area, not too long and not too much altitude. You can make the four miles out and back in less than two hours, but only if you don't succumb to the temptation to remain on the top of the mountain gawking and the scenery and marveling at the brazen Whisky Jack Jays that populate the wind twisted Bristle Cone Pines. Show more
#2 - Pikes Peak via Barr Trail
Pike National Forest
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Length: 24 mi • Est. Multi-day
The trail is wide and very accessible from the ascension and descension standpoint. The last mile is the hardest and takes a lot of stamina to conquer the final walk across the boulder field. $10/day parking fee.Show more
#3 - Pikes Peak from the Crags Trail
Pike National Forest
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 8 h 15 m
Note: The road leading to this trailhead closes seasonally. Please check the park website ahead of time if visiting during winter months. From the parking lot you will see the sign for the Crags trailhead. Begin hiking down this trail. After a tenth of a mile you will see a sign on the right labeling trail 664A take this trail across a log bridge and begin your ascent. This trail will take you into a basin at the base of the peak, then it will aggressively gain elevation up to Devil's Playground. As you reach Devil's Playground the rest of the route to the summit comes into view. The ridge is a long and gradual hike. As you hike the ridge you must cross the Pikes Peak Tollway and stay on the Northeast side of the road. The road is regularly patrolled and you will be fined if caught hiking on it. The last bit of trail to the summit is a steep rocky section. Keep your eyes open for cairns that mark the trail. If you stay on the trial this section isn't bad, but if you lose the trail you're in for some tough rock scrambling. At the summit rest in the summit house and return the way you came.Show more
#4 - Kenosha Pass North
Pike National Forest
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Note: As of October, 2020, users have reported that this trail it is currently closed to OHV. Both sides of 285 are gated off and closed. Please consult the park's website before visiting here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/psicc/alerts-notices The restrooms by the trailhead are also closed. A beautiful hike with stunning views. It goes all the way down to the prairie type field, but even though the aspens are pretty, depending on the time of the year, they don’t have much leaves left on them.Show more
#5 - Lovell Gulch Trail
Pike National Forest
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#6 - Red Rocks Trail
Pike National Forest
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Beautiful red sandstone rock formations in forested area. After going through the opening in the fence. Head for the path beneath the power lines and follow it South East until just before a short steep section. Look to your left and you will see the Red Rocks formations. There are many trails in, around, and over these rock formations so these directions are just general guidelines. Exploring the many alcoves and cracks of these formations can be a lot of fun. Walk around the South Eastern side of the Red Rocks and follow the line of formations until you either reach a fence or have gone as far as you would like. Then cross through the formations to their northern side and look for a trail that heads back to the parking lot. It is easy to get turned around in this area so remember that if you want to head back, go downhill. That will lead you back to the parking lot. This area is beautiful to look at and explore year round. The easy terrain makes it great for horses, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and biking.Show more
#7 - Colorado Trail: Segment 5
Pike National Forest
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Length: 13.7 mi • Est. 6 h 47 m
Segment 5 — Long Gulch to Kenosha Pass The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.Show more
#8 - Buffalo Peaks Loop
Pike National Forest
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 41 m
#9 - Colorado Trail : Segment 3
Pike National Forest
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 6 h 42 m
Segment 3 — Little Scraggy Trailhead to FS-560 (Wellington Lake Road) Trailhead. The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.Show more
#10 - Colorado Trail: Segment 1
Pike National Forest
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Length: 18 mi • Est. 9 h 8 m
Segment 1 — Waterton Canyon Trailhead to South Platte River Trailhead. For parking and additional info on this segment of the Colorado Trail visit: http://www.coloradotrail.org/waterton.html The Colorado Trail is a long-distance trail extending for 486 miles from the mouth of Waterton Canyon southwest of Denver to Durango in Colorado.Show more
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