Explore the most popular mountain biking 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
14 hours ago

Went and rode near Colorado Springs with my sons’ new Polaris Ace 150. It’s a good machine, but can have a tough time going up steeper grades. I had to push him up one of the hills. The trails were considered green difficulty here in Colorado. We still had a great time!

Hiked 5/23/18- No snow on the trail except for two patches on the way to Horsethief Falls, which is still mostly frozen at this point. It is still worth the short trek to (its all level) see it in my opinion. The trail to Pancake Rocks starts off a bit steeper than expected. It rises through a series of switchbacks that take up up a mountain side. This was definitely more difficult than i expected. However, after these switchbacks you come up over a hill and the trail is all level with some downhill for the rest of the way. Granted this means some uphill on the way back but its not too bad. The trail ends at the rocks and there is plenty of opportunity for exploring them. I thought this was a fun hike with a good destination that has some good views too.

Hiked on 5/8/18-Amazing hike. Not too difficult with a good portion of the trail being level or mostly level through the forest. It does get steep after you take the offshoot trail for the mountain off the ring the peak trail. When you get to the rocks at the top its pretty much up to you to find your way up. There is a good route if you keep to the left when you come to the rock pile. Climb around to the backside of the rocks and it is much easier to make your way up onto them, less rock climbing which if your like me (clumsy) is always a good thing. The views at the top are spectacular and if you live in the springs area and have not done this trail then...GO DO IT!

Beautiful trail with lovely reservoirs. Medium traffic.

SOLO hike with my dog. 12.2 miles, 1900 ft. elevation gain and it was awesome! We hit the trail at 8am and took our time. We were all alone on the mountain. This is a slow and steady hike. Though the elevation gain is 1900 ft. it doesn't feel like it until you make the turn at 8.3 and go up Redskin Creek Trail and even then it was quite gentle. The trail is very well marked; there is no way to get lost! Poles are not necessary if you're a seasoned hiker. This segment is loved by mountain bikers and it's really torn up in places; it's as wide as a boulevard! The intermittent streams were not running. There was one stream at 5.1, the Tramway Creek, which had enough water to use to resupply if needed. There is also a lot of shade on this hike and trees galore! I would definitely hike this segment again but I doubt I'll ever have another totally alone day on this mountain again!

hiking
2 days ago

Mt. Rosa is an excellent hike, panoramic 360 view well worth the climb. A high clearance, short wheelbase vehicle ( jeep ) is necessary to get to Frosty Park via 379. The climb is moderate in difficulty, trail easy to follow, rock cairns as you approach the summit, which would be very helpful if the trail was snow covered. The footing can be treacherous on the descent, lots of small rocks/dry sand. Overall, I would highly recommend this hike.

Great hike on 5/23. Did the full loop. Trail is mostly dry with a few isolated snow drifts and occasional mud at higher elevations. I brought traction with me but never found it necessary all the way to the summit or on the descent. I would only recommend attempting the summit from the north approach (Left at the marker - walk through Horsethief Park). This section is fairly well established and the trail has a number of cairns to aid in way finding. This will eventually take you to a large boulder field as others mentioned. There are multiple cairned routes through the boulder field. As others have stated, it seems best to try to stay left. I originally started taking one of the routes more to the right side which seemed more direct and eventually had to make my way left anyway to get to an easier route. Staying left initially would have saved time. Summit requires some class 3 moves. USGS summit marker is in the top of a rock slightly north and slightly below the highest rocks at the summit. The southern part of the loop which descends into Horsethief Park near the falls is much less clearly marked. I didn’t see any cairns or tape or anything else to denote a route on the descent so I was happy to have GPS with me. This part of the trail gets very vertical in some spots but is generally doable with caution. Some class 3 down climbing over rock formations I found necessary sticking to the GPS track, YMMV. Overall beautiful hike and the views are well worth the effort. If I were to do this trail again I might consider backtracking the way I came after summiting rather than doing the loop as it seems this section is both much more clearly marked as well as less vertical.

backpacking
3 days ago

Awesome hike, the Barr Trail is well maintained. The Barr Camp is an excellent place to stay the night and relax. Just remember to bring plenty of warm dry clothes.

Still too snowy. Made it 500' below the top but had to turn back. The snow made it dangerous going down, even with spikes. I wouldn't recommend this trail except in the summer with no snow.

off road driving
4 days ago

The 311A obstacle has been removed from the trail. It is still in the area, but it is no longer blocking the trail. Some parts of this trail were pretty narrow, but a Titan with a 3" lift and 33" tires made it fine. Most of the loop is simple, but be careful and take it slow on 311A.

hiking
4 days ago

Pretty steep in the beginning but do-able. Short trail with a pretty waterfall at the end. Nice and relaxing. If you go early, you will hardly see any people

I hiked this trail carrying my 30 pound toddler. I wouldn’t recommend this trail with a baby/toddler as a good portion of this trail is very steep.

they say the burn area is not a place to see..It is beautiful as it recovers.

Great pack training hike for distance and steady incline. walking along the river is always nice

The trail leads above the treeline, depending on the time of the year, it may be cooler than at lower elevation. The trail is continuously on an incline and can get steep in some places above the treeline.. If there is snow or snowmelt on to the trail the steep decent can get slippery in places..

trail running
6 days ago

Fun trail run.. ran from start of Waterton Canyon to a few miles above Lenny’s rest out and back. The lower canyon up to the dam is nice and gradual - great for any easy hike or ride with the Family. Some great elevation on the single track above the Dam. Unfortunately views today were restricted with low cloud cover above the dam.

Wonderful trail

Beautiful, easy, popular hike.

This was a great hike! The views aren't as majestic as other locales, but the trail was a fun outing.

Finding the trail head is easy and is directly on highway 67, but parking is limited.

The hike to the rocks is a fairly significant incline with some switchbacks. The forest is thick and once you are on the trail you feel completely alone. Some on the trail felt the elevation gain was more difficult than advertised, but if you are in reasonable shape it should be more than doable.

The rock formations at the top are interesting but I would say this hike is about the trail not the destination. The waterfall was pretty anticlimactic. It is beginning to melt but still frozen.

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!!

Started just after 12 noon. Good incline. Manageable snow-no spikes or snow shoes needed. Hiked up and hitched a ride back down. Summit after 1.5 hours

Amazing view once you get to the top!

trail running
14 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!

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

hiking
15 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.

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

hiking
16 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.

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."

Hiked the trail yesterday. My girlfriend and I (both from Oklahoma) both wore tennis shoes and brought just a small day pack. There were a couple of slick spots, not really a problem at all until we went downhill. Still not bad though, make for funny videos actually! Falls were still frozen and probably will be for a while longer. Pack food and water. Trail was very easy to navigate. It's mostly covered by the trees, make sure to go off trail near the top and look out when you get the chance, there are some large boulders, everywhere, that overlook distant mountains and the valleys. Very beautiful and enjoyable hike!

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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