Explore the most popular rock climbing 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.

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.

Easy to navigate, awesome views from the tower.

hiking
1 day ago

One of the worst trails ever!

1) No sign at the trailhead
2) No sign ever at which way is the trail
3) Super steep and no place to grab for your safety- No stairs, but just dangerous paths.

I was able to get to the top where the flag is- but there was no way of making to the "loop" as the map suggested. I got lost so many times even following the map, this 2.7 mile hike turned into 4.1 mile hike and crazy enough to tell you but the "trail" took me to nearly to death experience because the path I follow took me to a cliff and I fell from my face. Yep, I didn't think I was going to be able to get back after all. Today's weather was foggy, misty and nobody was around get a help from. I DO NOT recommend this trail to a beginner and kids. Although the views were amazing. Wish they do better job on making this place safe.

Oh and please do not go there by yourself!

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.

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.

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

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.

hiking
9 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!

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.

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.

Beautiful hike! Shade the whole way, fairly busy on the Friday we went. My kids loved the hike(3, 6, & 8).

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Great hike today. I used my snowshoes most of the way except for summiting the mountain. A few people only had sneakers and they postholed most of the way. Really slushy snow, with a 3-4 foot base in most areas. Great views at the top.

Road was open , road to trailhead is clear. Trail was very scenic, lots of trees :) The view is unbelievable:) Put this on your list!!!

One of my favs

The road is open again. The description needs to be updated.

It's a nice hike through a beautiful forest and there are some spots with great views along the way. I'm in average shape and had no issues getting up there with a few 30 second stops to catch my breath and sip some water. Just take your time going up. The views are definitely worth it. The crowds come and go in waves. If you hang out for a bit you can have the place to yourself for a few minutes until the next wave of people.

The view is 5-stars, but I agree with what the previous reviewer said about the condition and general respectfulness of the people on the trail.

The view is great, but the trail has been loved to death. There's graffiti in places, and people have carved into the trees below the halfway point. The informational signs along the trail have been destroyed and occasionally painted over by bad artists advertising their instagrams. So much disrespect for a great historical site.

Way too crowded with so many off leash dogs. People very obviously not cleaning up after their dogs.

This is a great candidate for trails that could be shut down or severely restricted until people learn to respect our state, and each other.

This hike was way better than I had expected, I thought it'd just be some boring/simple lookout post on the top of the mountain with "a single view" but no! It was a lookout with an awesome 360 view of the surrounding valleys and mountains! You can even go inside the lookout post and talk to the man that's been working there for 34 summers (wow), take note of the stickies on the walls as they actually "point" in the direction of whats on them. This is one of those "unspoken" hikes that not many people know of, but it's definitely on the top of my list for "must-dos".

P.S. There's a secret hidden path to get on top of the rocks across from the lookout post directly across from it where you can enjoy a picnic/lunch on top of the rocks with the same view as the lookout post (more or less).

Warm enough for dusk hike. awesome view!

Went up for sunrise this morning. Trail is totally clear and dry and the views were stunning!

The road to this hike becomes a red dirt road all the way up through the mountain. The hike is through a beautiful forest, we did this hike 4-24-18 in a snowy blizzard. At the top of the tower was very windy and we couldn't really see the view but still very beautiful. Will definitely be back in summer.

Great short hike. I was able to make to the tower in about an hour and 15 min. Thank God the road was open. Yes. it is open.

The rock formations are cool but after you see that (which is pretty early on) it’s a rather boring hike. There are so many better hikes in CO!

Great hike with amazing views. The lookout is really cool, as well as the history behind it. Did this hike with a 3yo and 6yo with no issues. The road was open at the time so we did not have to hike in.

Went this past weekend 2018-04-15 and road was open to trail head.

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