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The Pike National Forest is located in the Front Range of Colorado, United States, west of Colorado Springs and including Pikes Peak. The forest encompasses 1,106,604 acres within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties.

Beautiful views, especially in the morning sun, to the west. I did this on August 27, and weather was great, lucked out! Got relatively early start, 6:20 am, and made it to top in 4:21 (I'm pretty slow!). Only reason I didn't rate it a 5 is because it's a little disappointing to get to summit with hundreds of people there, but that comes with the territory! Views to west above tree line are great, I should have taken photos there in morning, but didn't want to stop too much. Maybe next time. Oh, you can also see the mine at Cripple Creek as plain as day, and I think there's a trail from that area too, according to Pikes Peak Atlas.

Loved the opportunity to spend so much time above 13,000 ft. Great views, but prepare for cold & wind this time of year. Scary talus on the way down, if you do the clockwise route, especially for people without poles (IMO). Some impressive exposure west of Cameron, and east & west of Lincoln. Talus fields on way down from Bross are amazing. I think if I did this again I'd go counterclockwise and avoid going down talus & scree at end of route. Take lots of photos, lots to remember!

If you start from Chipita, turn right at the first marker for the Ring of the Peak trail and then left at the second RTP sign. Decent look at the Peak from the top.

Nice day hike with great views.

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike yesterday, with the addition of an ascent of Clinton Peak. Very pretty area, but hiking a road isn't my favorite, and on a weekend it could really suck to share it with ATVs & modified 4-wheelers. Climb of Clinton from the lake is a workout, especially the final slope.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice easy trail, I like running this on a recovery day or to loosen up during your tapering time before a race.

trail running
1 day ago

Ran the loop today with the addition of the M to N loop on the far East side. Going clockwise, it's a gnarly little hill coming back up. Also, if your looking far a longer run at the bottom of the M to N loop there is a pedestrian bridge that connects to the Phillip S Miller park trails. There is a trail race " Castle Rock Trail Festival" that will include this trail - Oct 7. Good trail for training and easy to get to.

Did this trail today for the first time... nice easy hike up to the falls for some great pictures and a good spot to relax. Not too busy, and most groups had friendly dogs with them. Nice shaded forest hike most of the way up. On the way back down the trail we stopped at Horsethief Park (the prairie area off to the right) and spotted a large young bull moose in the tall grass about 80-100 yards away... incredible sight... wish I could have got my camera out before he spotted us and trotted off down into the valley.

hiking
1 day ago

Did the loop counter-clockwise and echo the sentiment below about wishing I'd brought a little more water (or a water filter). What a beautiful and varied loop hike though! There are five or six creek crossings that require a removal of your boots, unless you want them to be soaked! Dome Rock wouldn't be out of place in Yosemite. Very striking feature. The aspens were changing color in a lot of places on September 18, not quite turning in others. Overall, a very peaceful and beautiful outing with not too many people on the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Holy crap. Bring enough water to do the entire loop. I've done it previously on horseback...consider myself a pretty experienced hiker.. moderate hike. I went through the canyon first and went counter-clockwise for a bigger challenge. I got it!! Beautiful aspen/rock photos.

Check out a 4K 360 view of this whole trail on YouTube. https://youtu.be/bb_vS86D8sE
Know what to expect before you head out to the trailhead; including where to park, how steep of a climb, and where are the best spots for a great view.
-Trail 360

All we could ask for!!

hiking
2 days ago