Chair Rocks Via Colorado Trail

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Pike National Forest

Chair Rocks Via Colorado Trail is a 10.1 mile out and back trail located near Pine, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 885 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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no shade
1 day ago

Hiked 6/4/2020. Like others have said, it’s extremely hot the first 3 miles as there is almost no shade. I’d recommend arriving before 8am. The hike is mostly easy (flat/gentle inclines) with a few small moderate sections. Going through the logging operation was pretty cool. The turn for the chair rocks isn’t marked but it’s where there’s a small signpost with the Colorado trail emblem on it, go left at about 4.2 miles. Awesome views at the end! Took about 1.5 hours there and the same back, 3 hour total hiking time. I only saw 2 mountain bikers and 5 other hikers. Overall really beautiful hike!

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3 days ago

Fun, warmup trail for the season. Camped out at the rocks on Sunday and saw a pretty large black bear in the area. The bear didn’t see us, but we definitely saw him. Also saw some deer on the way back and some lightning. Be forewarned, the trail is hot when it’s not storming and you aren’t in the pines. Nice views, but scorching even before noon unless you luck out with some rain

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no shade
off trail
rocky
5 days ago

This trail is fantastic. I arrived early, about 7:00am on a Sunday and there was very light use. Only a few bikers and hikers. My pooch and I loved it. We went further than the 5 miles to the chair and we’re not disappointed by the beauty. Great trail, great views, and only a little rain at the day end. We were out for almost six hours and did 15.5 miles round trip. Steep in parts and rocky, but overall very manageable and moderate difficulty. Not a lot of shade and no accessible water for my pup to play in, but we loved it!

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no shade
6 days ago

Really enjoyable hike. Started out around 6:30. Took us just about 4.5 hours and clocked 10 miles total. Pretty easy, gravel trail. A good bit of the trail is pretty desert-like and exposed to the sun. I wouldn’t want to be out there past noon. We saw some deer on the way out, and we passed maybe a dozen folks on the way back in. Most were trail runners. Starting to see some flowers bloom along the way. Good views of mount Rosalie and mount Evans from chair rocks. The rocks are fun to explore. We had them to ourselves for about 30 minutes before another group showed up.. Then, you can see pikes peak on the return. We did walk through a pine harvesting operation at one point on the hike. Nobody was working but it was interesting to see.

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13 days ago

Perfect day for this hike (5/23)! Wish there had been a sign pointing to the chair rocks trail when it veers off from the Colorado trail but I figured it out eventually.

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no shade
14 days ago

Nice trail, got there early so it was nice and cool. Didn't meet many people on the way out, but did see over a dozen mule deer. No shade for the first 3 miles, then a bit of shade, then no shade due to lumber ops. Rocks were pretty cool with great views, at that's why you do it, right? Met quite a few people on the way back, pretty busy (around 11 or so). Dog enjoyed it, not strenuous at all, but did get hot as the final stretch is sunny.

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no shade
14 days ago

This was a nice mild trail in and out. Only saw a few groups of mountain bikers and one other hiker. The only animal we saw was a deer. The trail has very limited shade so don’t forget that sunscreen!The rocks were gorgeous and the views on the trail were very nice even with the old burn sites. Great view of Mt. Evans and Pikes Peak.

Saw a large black bear where the trail splits from the Colorado Trail.

19 days ago

We took our 4 kids ages 9-15 Backpacking and stayed 1 night at the rocks. There were many flat camping spots. great views. No snow on 5/15/20 and we were plenty warm. Hikers made it to the rocks before we were up and put of our tents in the morning. lots of bikes until the turn to the rocks. Good hike.

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27 days ago

The soothing sounds of climbers yelling at each other, the buzzing of drones overhead, and the nonstop chatter of morons talking about their boring lives without any concept of the volume of their own voices are the perfect accompaniment to the splendid panorama that awaits you at the end of this trail.

Easy hike, good for early season. Not a lot of elevation gain but good views at the end.

hiking
28 days ago

I LOVED this hike. The trail goes through an old burn area for the first few miles and the landscape is wild. The views at the end are absolutely stunning too. I did it in springtime with my dog so the weather was pretty mild, but I can imagine it gets hot out there in the summer with no trees or water around. Took us about 3.5 hours (including time for pics and snacks).

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no shade
28 days ago

About 3/4 in to the hike it splits from the Colorado Trail, keep an eye out. Absolutely gorgeous hike with fantastic views the majority of the trail due to a fire. The Chair Rocks formation is awesome and provides stunning views of Mount Evans and the range.

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1 month ago

Trail was dope.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views the whole way. The views at the very end are worth every step to get there. AllTrails says it’s 9.3 miles but my app measured 10.2

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no shade
1 month ago

Great trail, not much elevation gain. Their isn't much shade so yes it can get dusty and hot, wear a hat or sunscreen for sure. Other than that the views are amazing and it is wort every step. I did see quite a few mountain bikers and 2 horses. Zero Snow as of 4/27/20. Highly Recommend.

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1 month ago

Way more mountain bikers in hikers. Sadly only two out of the 20+ mountain bikers actually knew trail etiquette so I was jumping off the trail left and right

Trail is dry, and only saw 1 hiker. Would highly recommend this trail for mountain biking. Great view at the end.

1 month ago

Did this on 4/6/2020, started around 1:30pm. No shade or coverage for roughly the first 3-ish miles so be prepared with water, sunscreen, etc. if you go when the sun is more direct. You'll reach two forks, one about a mile in that's perpendicular to the trail you're on, stay straight. Around mile four when you're well into the shaded part if the trail you'll reach another fork, stay to the left. Other than that the view is great and the rocks are fun to climb around on! Rested/played/ate for about 1.5 hours, back to the car by 6:30pm.

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no shade
1 month ago

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no shade
2 months ago

great way to fill the day. hiked it in just shy of 2 hours each way. not a lot of shade for majority of the hike, so the way back got a bit hot. no strenuous inclines. popular for mountain bikes so you have to be mindful of them coming up behind you on the trail.

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muddy
2 months ago

Woke up early to hit the trail by 8 AM, didn’t see anyone else on the trail until about noon when we were making our way back to the car. Perfect for social distancing right now. Easy hike, trail is well marked and not too muddy, except in a few spots. Was very moderate with no major inclines or declines. Open space with the burned area, so provided some great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Feels like you’re on another planet when walking through the burn areas. Didn’t come across anyone until our way back. Very fun and somewhat of an easier hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Highly, highly recommend following road in winter. It parallels the trail and road is much easier to follow. Trail very hard to find and stay on in snow. Cannot get to top of rocks without rope. But there is a really nice view of Cathedral Spires.

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muddy
2 months ago

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snow
4 months ago

02/03/20: lots of deep mud. There was still some snowpack in shady areas -- cleats helpful but not necessary (supposed to snow the next few days so this will change). Very windy towards the top. Saw a ton of deer so be on the look out if your dog is off-leash. Really easy trail, the elevation gain is spread out and very mild. Also, once you pass the service roads and get deeper into the meadow-y area, there is an unmarked and not very noticeable intersection of trails. Stay straight, don't go right.

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