Heizer Trail

HARD 81 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
2477 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

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
26 days ago

Great trail to escape the crowds. Not well maintained though with lots of uphill on loose gravel.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this yesterday 10/30/17 on a balmy 25 degree cloudy day! Did 6 miles round trip. It’s a good workout with the elevation gain.
I Enjoyed it even more as no one else was on the trail, but due to low cloud cover didn’t get any views.
Just past the little park there is a small horseshoe parking area on the right that one of the locals showed us.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail does not have a designated parking area, so you will have to park off the street in the town of Cascade. The first mile of this trail is almost all elevation climb, but after the climb you are given a nice downhill hike through a secluded forest of Aspen, Pine, and Spruce. This trail ends at a trail junction of Heizer Trail and Forest Service Trail 703.
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hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Beautiful and strenuous hike! Good workout. Trail surface conditions are a little slippery but not terrible if you wear good hiking shoes. I made it down without slipping using no trek pole or walking stick.
There is no obvious place to park, only a a turn around dirt lot, not far from the trail head. Very limited space for parking- but on that note, I didn't see anyone else the entire time a spent hiking.
There is a beautiful lake, Manitou Lake about 3 1/2 miles in. When you come to a T, turn right and follow until you come to a large earth/rock dam. There are signs telling you not to trespass in watershed. I can not advocate trespassing but there is no other way to see the lake/reservoir that I am aware of. There is also no side trail I am aware of to get to the shore of the lake. You just have to kind of find your own way up. It is worth seeing. I did not feel as though anyone would care that I trespassed to look at the reservoir, but that's just me- as there was nobody up there to see me doing it.

hiking
3 months ago

I was hiking this one with a 30lb ruck on. First 2 miles are pretty steep and loose granite. Can definitely get slippery in spots and take its toll on your knees on the way down. Others have spoken about the reservoir, but I never came across it. Eventually the trail intersects a "T", which goes to the Barre trail. I was already dodging lighting at that point, so wasn't going to go any further with the storm clouds moving in on me.

Overall, I would actually rate this moderately difficult, since Mt. Rosa is listed as the same difficulty level, and that is way more intense (especially if you climb the waterfall). I handled it pretty easy with the ruck sack on, and the only real difficulty was on the way down, and primarily due to the pack. Nice hike though.

3 months ago

We used this trail to prepare for pikes peak. I preferred this trail over Catamount because the reservoir you come to near the end of the trail is secluded and not loaded with people. The trail the first .5 miles wasn't difficult but once you get beyond the first .5 mile it definitely gets a lot steeper. A walking stick for the way down is highly recommended to help with the loose gravel. The descent was definitely hard on the knees but the view was so rewarding! It took us 3.5 hours to reach the reservoir (we stopped and rested with snacks at the top of the peak) and about 1.5 hours to get back to the car. Not for beginners!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
6 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
6 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.

6 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.

hiking
6 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!

6 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.

hiking
7 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!

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

No parking at the trail head.....

8 months ago

Such a beautiful trail, only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because it is so steep coming down.

8 months ago

Great hike with awesome views of Pikes Peak, Almagre Peak, and Mt Manitou. Make sure to head all the way back to see the reservoir.

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