Explore the most popular kid friendly 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. One note; this hike IS NOT 5.8 miles. I tracked over 8 miles. It's absolutely worth it. But plan for about 8 miles.

This is an amazing trail! Well marked, not too busy, and billion dollar views all around. Worth every step! The weather can change quickly. Started off sunny and warm, and ended with snow falling and winds whipping at the end on 5/20.

hiking
1 day ago

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

this trail can lead to many different ones

Easy to navigate, awesome views from the tower.

Wonderful trail

Beautiful, easy, popular hike.

Great Hike, low traffic, amazing views

Super hard for the first part of less than a quarter of a mile as it is very steep, but after that it's an easy and beautiful hike. Well worth the first 5 minutes of suffering. The tail takes you through such varied terrain, you start out in a much forest with the most beautiful stream you have ever seen, then on to grassland and wildflowers, walking past impressive rock formations, and finally at the top is just amazing view after amazing view. The trees up there are very cool too as the wind has shaped them in such interesting ways.

off road driving
5 days ago

Good trail with quite an elevation difference. Gets very narrow and close to the edge during the last stretch. I would like to note that there is a locked gate at about 12,000 ft. right before the Mount Baldy Reservoir, so you can't actually make it to the summit in a 4x4. Still had a great time in the forest!

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.

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

Hidden gem - beautiful trail along the creek with fantastic views at the end. Loved the variety of the trail.

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!

Great trail along the creek with sweeping views at the end. Beautiful rock formations. There was no camping when we were there - check to make sure the campground is open or sleep in your car at the Trailhead.

Amazing.Very nice view. Easy trail. Definitely recommend.

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.

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!

This is a cool area to explore, most especially around the rock formations. I would rate it as "easy" as I found nothing moderate in difficulty anywhere in the area. It is a good place to explore with family and friends that may not need anything remotely difficult or lengthy. I take my 3 year old there to explore and get her used to "hiking."

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
12 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.

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.

I love this Trail gone on it many times. I only wish people would keep their dogs on the leash and pick up after them as there is dog poop all over the trail. love to take my dogs on the Trail but never have them off leash. met some people on the hike who had their dog off-leash they didn't even notice that their dog had turned around and went the other way until I said something. then the lady got mad because I said she needs to keep her dog on the leash. otherwise beautiful Trail.in the winter it's covered in ice and the views are well worth the hike up. nice place to have a picnic

Went with my two dogs yesterday and was amazing. Great conditions for hiking. The first few hundred feet were a bit muddy, but other than that it was completely dry. Beautiful views along the way, but the view at the end was one of the prettiest I’ve seen. Easily my favorite short hike I’ve taken in Colorado.

it's a hard hike, then you come through the hard rock to heaven. they should rename this to the hard long journey to bliss. it was so amazing.

off road driving
14 days ago

I ran the trail yesterday afternoon, quite fun!

The 311A sunken treasure is still there, looks like it's been gone over with a bat. I got around it on the ice, which is starting to melt but is still thick enough for my Rubicon to make it over. Just hug the outside corner or else your tire will get stuck in the foot-wide crack.

I ended up going counter-clockwise on the loop because I was watching my Jeep GPS instead of the All-Trails map, and missed the first turn. No matter, though, running up that 311A hill was fun!

Most of the mud puddles have dried up.

Very pretty hike. Evelyn Rodriguez you can have your dogs off leash.

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