Explore the most popular river 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.

trail running
10 hours ago

I usually run 2 miles in then turn around and head back the way I came. the loop is a bit too much for me now. It gets very steep towards that two mile mark. The views are amazing! I usually see one or two people. Most of the trail was clear and dry except for a very short section on the back side of the hill. This trail is really good for those looking to increase muscle and stamina. Road running will be a breeze after training here for a couple weeks!

awesome trail

I like the elevation gain for it being a short hike. However it was easy to get off course even with having downloaded the map. I got off course and slipped multiple times and my dog took a good tumble. Ultimately the view wasn’t work the potential danger of slipping. Much better hikes to take for a prettier view.

Did the hike a week ago. It was a hard trail but a very rewarding hike! Beautiful view of Pikes Peak. We didn't bring shoe spikes and wish we did as we got closer to the top, certain spots were slippery. Will definitely go again!

Great hike. No snow or ice on the trail at all on 2-4-18. Great views due to the burn. Steep hike down and back up from the river with some loose gravel. I tracked 4.2 miles out to the river and back.

This trail was wonderful!!!! Came on a Saturday afternoon and was not busy at all. Not a challenging hike by any means and awesome views the whole time! Sign at trailhead says dogs on leash but most were off, just be polite of your dog approaching others. There was no snow at all (2/3). Definitely will be coming back!!!

This was my first 14er a few years ago and I love going back. Absolutely wonderful! Why drive to the top when you can hike it??? The views certainly make up for the painful switchbacks towards the top. Loved it. ❤

Great hike, views of the academy to the east and awesome mountain views to the west. Worth the trip!

First 14ner. And a winter ascent to boot. Tough but fair. Great experience

Difficult trail and hard to find path but made it thanks to AllTrails. As one who is relatively fit but unaccustomed to the altitude, this trail was hard - I needed to stop and catch my breath multiple times. Reaching the top gave me an immense sense of accomplishment.

Hiked on 1/15/18 - was a fresh snow day, which made the trail and scenery beautiful, captured some great photos! Although without the snow I don’t believe I would return. Uphill the whole way, which isn’t terrible, but you’re hiking on a service road the entire time.

the mtn was fairly kind a bit cold and windy on top but not to bad for middle of January very little snow and able to summit in 4.5 hours thank God for the hand dryers in the summit house bathrooms.

Great burn at the beginning followed by serenity.

Hiked today with husband 4 mikes up gave my lungs a workout

I’ll be back! Good hike that wore my dog out! Look forward to fishing the lake when ice melts.

hiking
1 month ago

Very enjoyable hike along the beautiful Platte River and eventually winding up to nice views of the reservoir. You can make this a loop by taking the trail to the lake and then taking the road back. According to my GPS this made for about a 7 mile hike. The trail can be tricky to follow along the river. As others have mentioned, stay to the right when possible. We got into a couple of tricky spots trying to climb the hills to find the trail again. It was very quiet the day we were out (it was also 12 degrees), but i can imagine this is very busy wish people fishing when the weather is nice.

It was BEAUTIFUL in the snow. Don’t think it’d be anything that great without the added effect. Fine in hiking boots. Didn’t need spikes. Along an access road. Wouldn’t go back.

Very pretty views of the reservoir during the entire hike. There were lots of big boulders to sit on while enjoying a snack or the view. Trail was completely dry on 1-14 although I wish I had brought walking sticks. My two dogs pulled me up and down the steep parts, which are covered with loose gravel, so it was a little slippery for me.

Beautiful water adjacent trails with some challenge!

absolutely amazing hike. everyone should do it at least once in their life, it's a great challenge!

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