Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Absolutely loved this hike! The first .7 miles is along Hondo Ave. The trail is steep, narrow, and rocky in sections, but the scenery is amazing.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike! We did a lap around the lake and added 5 miles and some bushwhacked a bit.

Easy to navigate, awesome views from the tower.

trail running
1 day ago

Great trail for trail running. I went up about 5 miles and heard some thunder so my pup and I turned around and got to the car just as the rain started. Was hoping to reach some sort of summit with a view but it never really happened, maybe if we were able to keep going up. Lots of beautiful views at the beginning of the hike.

Wonderful trail

Beautiful, easy, popular hike.

Great Hike, low traffic, amazing views

awesome hike, steep sandy areas, views of river all along hike are amazing.

Loved the trail today with my pup. The drive in is long and very different for this new Coloradan. Trail is pretty easy and the views are amazing. Saw lots of hikers and dogs out.

hiking
6 days ago

Tough trail, but well worth the effort! If not for other posted reviews, not quite sure we would have made it. Once you leave the creek and start climbing, the trail becomes pretty nonexistent. We went into it assuming we'd get lost as others have commented due to it being poorly marked. Despite our best efforts to follow the trail map, it only gets you so close. There are so many random trails up there, but they all appear to eventually end up in the same place. Definitely watch for the cairns, they are your best resource once you start making your way around the dome to begin to climb. The arch takes a bit of effort to get down to; to the right and down the dome face towards the organ pipe rock will get you there. We didn't see anyone else out there until we were finally heading down to begin the hike back. Great workout, would do it again. Would not recommend for novice hikers

Beautiful hike but lots of people. Guess that's anywhere in Colorado on a Saturday. I'd go back and hammock up in the trees!!

Beautiful scenery! Loved the waterfall. Trail was marked clearly . Will do this again

Great trail. One of the more difficult trails I’ve been on simply because of the loose rock that covers a lot of the ascent. The views were absolutely stunning though and worth every bit of the hike.

We did a quick one hour in and out hike on this trail. The initial bit is easy enough, and there are 360 degree beautiful views. Very little traffic.

This trail is closed

Loose rock

New plant growth at risk for damage from hikers

Sharp pieces of metal. Not safe for dogs or clueless hikers

High risk for danger and low chance of rescue + heavy prosecution

Do not disturb the neighborhood attempting to go here

Allow this beautiful place to heal and respect the rules. They are there for a reason. Don’t be that guy who gets hurt and further shuts this place down even more.

Amazing view once you get to the top!

hiking
9 days ago

Only did a part of it but it was gorgeous. There are plenty of people but it didn’t seem overcrowded. Plenty of “river access” spots to go directly to the river.

trail running
9 days ago

Gorgeous views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area! I started/ended at Rainbow gulch and my app said I completed 15.73 miles. Relatively flat run for the area but my feet were smoked! I will be completing this run many times in the future!

10 days ago

Very steep but easy to find an nice views

hiking
10 days ago

This is a beautiful trail along the Platte River. WE wondered why it was rated as hard until we got to about mile 3.5 and it was a scramble to get up so we decided to turn back. There are some places that are extremely narrow and the footing is soft. Hoping to go back and complete this at some point. The trail has markings but they are not well defined and we did stray a few times from the trail unnecessarily.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome hike with massive views of the surrounding mountains at the Fire Tower. There are tons of dispersed campsites and other trails nearby.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful! I started the trail on the other side of the dam for enormous views of Pikes Peak. Side trails take you to the water. Tons of huge rocks on the beach for climbing. The water is so pristine and bright blue/green. Most of the forest on the other side of the lake was burned. I definitely recommend starting this trail from the dam.

The road to the TH is pretty rough in certain spots. Nice hike up and easy trail to follow. The view at the top is amazing!

First ride on the new bike. First ride in 7 years. Great way to start on a fun ride. Fun ride.

hiking
11 days ago

I expected more based on other reviews. It’s an ok trail with some nice parts - the trail is clearly marked and easy to traverse. But beyond that the loop to the left is largely a steady incline for 2 miles that moves along - or near - a power line; it’s not as busy as the other portion of the trail, and I didn’t see one person the first 2.5 miles.

The loop to the right has a nice grove of aspens and is an easy stroll with some stream views but is much busier with mountain bikers and hikers - it has that “I expect to see plenty of people” feel to it. The trailhead to the beginning of the loop has dog poo scattered here and there, which is sadly the case with most trails.

Dirt road to the trailhead, most cars should be fine. The trail itself had snow/mud and was a bit slippery but nothing too bad, we did it in regular hiking shoes and were fine, just mind your step. This is a gorgeous hike and the views from the top of the tower are a must see!

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this hike. It was hard but had everything, Cliffside trails,rocky terrain,Meadows, multiple waterfalls,gurgling streams and then finish with the reservoir and great view of the mountains. This was my first solo hike and it did not disappoint, I am pretty sore a few days later still!

As previously mentioned, the roads are good all the way to the trail head. It was a great hike with an amazing 360 degree view from the fire tower. Make sure to wear bug repellent, as there are swarming bugs when you reach the tower lookout area. Unfortunately, there's a lot of graffiti written on what used to be information signs- now completely unreadable. Additionally, it's a pack-in pack-out so make sure you bring all of your trash (and dog poop) back out of the hike when you leave.

hiking
13 days ago

Intense and rewarding hike. Blodgett trail to hummingbird is where to start, the trail has a lot of 2 way splits after hummingbird but it’s not hard to find the summit. Just keep going up! Watch out at the top though, there’s ALOT of bugs. Definitely bring bug spray

Very steep and difficult right off the bat.Trail was very muddy in some parts and still quite a bit of snow. The view from the top is amazing! Unfortunately, no actual falls as they were buried under snow. We could hear the rushing water, but never actually saw any. A wonderful woman directed us over to an amazing lookout after a steep but short rock ascent-made the whole hike worth it and I so appreciate her.

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