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Heizer Trail is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 2,460 ft Route type Out & Back
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Getting There

Fairly steep switchbacks in a heavily wooded area. Near the top, some nice views down Hwy 24 and the Springs. Rock outcroppings also provide nice views of Pikes Peak Hwy. NOTE: There is no parking at the trailhead. There is also no access to the reservoir as it is located on a private property delimited by "No trespassing" signs.

Get off at exit 141 of US Hwy 25 (Cimarron St.) and head west past Manitou Springs. Take the North Pole/Pikes Peak Hwy exit (Left exit) and make a quick left on Emporia Ave. Then turn left on Park St. (By the pavilion) and continue on to Amenome Hill Rd. You can park by the Snow Plow Turn Around sign. Continue up the road until you see the Heizer trail sign.

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JnS Hiking
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Zach Kearse
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Great trail! Expect a hard hike and give yourself plenty of time. The first 2 miles are straight up the mountains but it levels off a bit. We weren’t able to finish the trail because the sun was going down but I heard it connects to the bar trail to take you down. I look forward to going back!

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Chris Hilderhof
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Always a challenge. Type 2 fun.

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Todd Wiseman
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Up, up and up. Trail in good condition. Fun day hike!

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Joel Valenzuela
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Mike Williams
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William Renz
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Difficult

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Zachary Arrington
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Amazing and difficult trail. the initial incline is tough, but the top views are worth it

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Madison Clary-Wortham
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Beautiful and advanced hike that begins with over 2.5 miles of steep switchbacks. The trail is a good workout that is sure to leave you feeling tired & accomplished. There are a lot of beautiful, scenic photo opportunities if you're careful and know how to navigate to & from them. If you have poor balance // aren't used to navigating unforgiving gravel, you may want trekking poles for the hike back down. Most of our group turned around at the summit instead of the reservoir (trail end). As other reviews noted, supposedly completing the trail requires trespassing.

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Emily Bossert
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Beautiful day. Only saw 4 people on the trail. I hiked up to Flagstaff Rock, near the height of the trail and hiked back down. Not in the mood to do the descent part of the trail into the valley today. All the neighbors were very friendly and wanted to chat about trail conditions.

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Phil Bressler
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Beautiful day. Consistently steep trail. Definitely a work out. Almost no people on the trail today, but thanks to two nice ladies (owners of Maya the dog), we stopped at the large boulder outcropping at the top and enjoyed an amazing view of Pikes Peak. We would not have known about this great viewing area so thanks again to these nice, knowledgeable locals! The loose scree and the steep grade going down require a bit of concentration, but everyone in our group of four managed without a single bum fall! Tough climb but the view of Pikes Peak was well worth it.

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Nathan Ramquist
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I connected Heizer to 638 to Barr in order summit Pikes Peak. 15 miles one way. Heizer itself has nice views for the 1st mile then not much thereafter. You will Not see the lake, even if you continue into 638. Overall nice trail but I found its best aspect is to connect to the Barr trail. This was important for me as I was staying 0.3m from the trailhead. All connections are well marked.

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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The mileage says its 5.9 but just out there is more than 3 miles and you dont even get a lake view unless you keep hiking. Its long and illegal to go into the lake. easy to get lost and all ways out are brutal. Either Back down or out to barr trail and down to Manitou. Bears live in this region.. also the only view of the lake is at the top of the hill before the decent down int the head waters of manitous water system saying no entry. also the sign out there says 2 miles but has been scratched out to say 4. There are other people out there but not many. if you leave by going to maintou springs. Unless you are backpacking here the day hike is a little much.

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Trevor Craig
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Brooke Bolin
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Awesome workout but like other reviews said, views were mediocre. But we did get a nice view of Pikes Peak towards the end! We were unsure of where the “summit” was and turned around once the trail started descending.

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Chris Hilderhof
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First mile or so features steep grade switchbacks. Traffic noise from 24 is quite abundant during the first mile as well. After the switchbacks, the trail “levels out” and is not so grueling. There are a couple of nice photo op spots along the trail, but I’d hike this for a workout versus views. Plenty of shade, but towards mid-afternoon, you’ll find less shade than during the morning. So many great smells of pine during this hike! If I owned poles, they would’ve been useful for coming down. Happy hiking!

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Sharon Howe
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Randal Martin
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Great workout hike. Just hiked this evening. Trail is steadily up with occasional level break. Typical of many trails in the Pikes Peak area the trail has many loose granite ballbearing sized rocks so you need to be careful coming down. Trekking poles might help with that.

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Karah Waters
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Amazing! Lovely creek at the end of the trail!

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sarah smith
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Hiked on Memorial Day. Great hike for social distancing. Started at 8am and saw 1 person on the way up and maybe 5 small groups on the hike down. As mentioned in previous reviews, to get to the reservoir you have to go off trail into private land. It's a giant scree field to the top. We tried hiking the wooded area near it but there was no connection point. Saw a building right at the top by the reservoir. Little bit of snow at the end of the hike, otherwise beautiful trail and views the entire way up.

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Ingrid Hockenberry
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This is a difficult trail. Don’t be too prideful/stubborn like me and not bring trekking poles. You’ll need them coming back down. Also, don’t do this on a cloudy day like I did. Views sucked. And I won’t be doing it again, as I don’t believe it’s worth the work tbh.

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Shelby Austin
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John Weida
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Great trail! We did a ~15 mile out and back on the Heizer and 638 trail. The 638 trail to Barr Trail is spectacular! Parking at the Heizer Trailhead is a challenge. There are about a dozen no parking signs. We ended up parking at a lot off Emporia just prior to the left turn onto Park.

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Alexander Short
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For the ultimate early season switchback experience, come to z Heizer! This was a great workout hike with moderate traffic.

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