Heizer Trail

HARD 67 reviews
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Heizer Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cascade, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2555 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
4 days ago

Loved it

hiking
6 days ago

This is a great trail to take after it rains since going down is much easier

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10 days ago

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12 days ago

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12 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Hiked in the area for years and never even knew about this trail. Wanted a steep hike to train for a big backpacking trip, and this was perfect! I was a bit nervous reading the reviews about the steepness and gravel in places, but it was doable and having my trekking pole made it a lot easier! I can see how it would be tough on older folks though. We hiked up to the 703 French Creek sign/connection to Barr Trail, which made a good turnaround point. Glad we started early because the sun is intense during the first part of the trail. Saw probably a dozen people on the trail, including a mountain biker. A runner ahead of us apparently had spooked a bear, so that was exciting, although we never saw it.

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1 month ago

backpacking
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1 month ago

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2 months ago

This is a wicked hike, not so much for the steepness, but the surface. It is the most slippery non-ice terrain we have ever encountered. It is a thin layer of gravel over dirt and is not so bad going up, but watch out coming down. And kind of a dearth of implanted rocks and roots to help you out. The first half mile seems reasonable, then it gets really steep. At 2 miles it levels out, and then goes down hill. You can go as far as you want, as it hooks into Barr Trail to go up Pike's Peak. We went out 3.5 mi, turned around and began the treacherous descent. (We are 66 and one of us has artificial knees. Maybe you younguns won't be bothered by the slippery surface.) Pretty hike, nice views of Pike's Peak. Takes a long time to get beyond the noise of the highway. Good workout. Not crowded. Depends on your goals. I won't do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

If you want to do the Manitou Incline without all of the tourists, this is the trail to be. We only saw 2 people throughout our 4 hours on the trail (Hiked on a Friday). The first 2 miles were steep and strenuous, definitely not a beginner's hike. You get good views of the highway and of Colorado Springs but that is about it. The trail is heavily forested and towards the end, you get majestic glimpses of Pikes Peak. If you are looking to push yourself and get a great workout in, this is the hike for you.

2 months ago

Great hike, very steep and challenging at the beginning for maybe 2 miles. Beautiful views with regular spots for lookouts. We parked in the dirt parking lot then walked up the hill to the trailhead. Several people parked on the side of the road in front of houses. The trail was surprisingly well marked throughout.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Truly great hike with rewarding views throughout. Parking can be scarce so I'd plan on early morning hikes (before 930). The incline is quite the aerobic workout and the back descent can be hard on the knees, but the views and occasional wildlife make this an awesome hike!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

I am training for Kilimanjaro and will be using this trail quite often! Love how it connects to Barr Trail for another way to summit Pikes Peak. Also very VERY strenuous at the beginning of the hike. The switchbacks remind me if Bright angel trail in the Gran Canyon. They seem to go on forever but offer a great workout. Turn right and step past the barb wire when you get to the creek and you'll see a reservoir right in front of Pikes Peak. Absolutely beautiful view! It's just a Utilities office and they won't say anything as long as you just enjoy the view.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

THAT was one difficult trail for me! PHEW! The loose gravel seriously steep single-track switchbacks were difficult for me to descend. I'm not even sure trekking poles would have helped me feel confident on the descent! I enjoyed the challenge, but I'm not sure I would repeat it!

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, and good workout. Awesome views of hwy 24, Waldo burn area, Pikes Peak. I suggest at least one pole, as little steep and slick on snow/slush this time of year.