Limber Pine, Mule Deer, Mackinaw, and Ridge Trails Loop

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North Slope Recreation Area

Limber Pine, Mule Deer, Mackinaw, and Ridge Trails Loop is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.4 miElevation gain1,036 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://coloradosprings.gov/pikes-peak-americas-mountain/page/north-slope-recreation-area This combination of trails loops around the Catamount Reservoir. There are other trails on the western side of the reservoir if you'd like to modify the route.

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Rachel Richards
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Is this trail really closed to hikers or just to cars? Does anyone know for sure?

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Spencer Herran
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Kayla Lucero
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This is a seasonal trail, it closed on oct 1.

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M B
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Alyssa Marlow
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Todd Wiseman
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Great hike! Made it clockwise. More on the road than I would have liked, but an excellent hike.

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Krisaundra Krisaundra Hale
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Emily Adcox
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We wanted to like this hike-- but it just didn't meet up to our expectations. We went counter clockwise and the first mile or two is nice-- aspens, nice views of the Peak. But once you get to the reservoir area-- it really isn't that pretty- and it's on a forest service road for several miles and there is ZERO shade- zip. Better for running or biking- but not a great hike

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Scott K
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Nice trail, lots of variety and not overly crowded.

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Rebeka Romero
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it must be ranked moderate for the distance not the difficulty of the trail. I'm not a fan of trails where a good portion is a dirt road. I like to be amongst the trees. great views around the lake though.

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Lori Sanchez
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Kyle Eichelberg
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Leo Eilinger
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Matthew west
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Jamie Chauvin
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Really beautiful trail with even more beautiful views!! Absolutely loved it. Be careful and follow the correct trails tho. Easy to navigate off

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Andrew F
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Hiked this on Friday morning. Was a great trail either way you go. If you go counterclockwise don’t be alarmed if you’re on the road down to the reservoir because that’s actually the trail for a while at some point. Was a great hike and great views. Went back sat and biked it.

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Annie Belanger
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from the parking lot: go up to the left, through the fence where it looks like you're going on private property, go about a quarter of a mile, come to a wider road, go across road and to the left to complete the trail. great, long easy enough trail with gorgeous views!

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Dylan Frauhiger
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Easy trail with only a few modest elevation gains. Distance of it is definitely were the slight difficulty comes into play. Great Lake and Mountain View’s. Gotta be careful to stay on trail as a lot of the forks in the trail are not marked

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Kristin Thee
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Beautiful hike. Definitely go counter-clockwise though, not the direction that All Trails says to go. There are a few steeper inclines that would do better to be avoided. We finished in just over 3 hours, about 9 miles total to include some detours to get down to the water for the doggo.

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Dani Parsons
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Arrived around 9 today (Saturday), lot had just filled so I parked along the road just outside. Saw many more cars parked up the road on my return. The trail itself wasn’t busy. Went counterclockwise on the trail marked “Ring the Peak” but either direction would probably be ok. Some of the trail was on the service roads. Lost the trail momentarily on the first Lumber Pine section around the reservoir so had to back track a tiny bit. Otherwise I loved it. Enough shade, varied scenery and terrain. The peak views were great. Nice, long moderate hike that was great for leash training my pup.

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Nick Steinmetz
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Got to the trailhead around 7:30 and was the 4th or 5th car in the lot. Trail is relatively easy and very well maintained. Would be excellent for trail running. Views are good, but nothing spectacular.

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Grace Humphrey
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Pretty easy hike with pretty views. I think I would have more fun trail running or biking it. We went counterclockwise, but I’m not sure that made much of a difference on the difficulty.

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Kati Resur
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To be honest, I always get lost but there was one section of this trail in which you aren’t following the clearly visible trail but a private property line It is a nice trail with different ecosystems and a couple of good inclines to get the heart really going. Parking was very nearly full when I got here and only a handful of cars when I finished. Came across less than 10 people and got rained on twice. It was lovely!

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Brad Young
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Nice trail to MTB with some tougher, technical climbs throughout. For a person who's been riding for awhile, this trail would not be that difficult. It was a good challenge for me, a beginner, and in some parts had to dismount and walk my bike up due to terrain/difficulty. I arrived at the TH at approximately 840am on Sunday, 7/19 and the lot was full but there was parking available alongside the road next to it.

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Kristin Scott
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Went counter clockwise, great views. Would recommend

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Brian Montrose
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Got to the parking lot around 9:00 and we got the last spot, although as noted, there are spots along the road where you can park as well. Went counter-clockwise, but took a left at the first fork after the parking lot. This took us straight to the forest road, where we took a right and it went right down to the water. Not sure if that's the quickest way but it worked. From there we tried to hug the reservoir as close as possible. This led us to some little paths that fishermen use to get to the shore but sometimes just abruptly end. We ended up bushwhacking on the far southern portion but nothing too terrible. Overall it's a nice hike. Nothing too strenuous and beautiful views most of the time. Loses a few points because you're on the service road for a good portion of it. Ran into a handful of mountain bikers but mostly on the road portion. No critters, unfortunately, except some fish in the reservoir and lots of birds. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a hike with moderate distance but not a ton of elevation change.

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Tom Cucchi
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Got there at 730 on a Sunday. Plenty of parking. Went clockwise around and was a nice hike. It is not too hard and most is level so you can keep a fast pace. Lots of good scenery and not crowded. Good bath for bikes but didn’t see many. Would recommend.

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Valerie Wessel
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We got a late start, so we didn’t do the whole loop. The trail is great and well-marked, and the lake is lovely. I’m looking forward to coming back!

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Jen O
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Decent trail, but so much of it is on access roads. If you do it clockwise, the difficulty increases, as the hardest part comes after you’ve already walked/hiked 6-7 miles & I was tiring out. Trail was almost empty, took 6 miles before seeing anyone. Went from 9-12pm. Good for bikers, saw 2 sets of them. Saw 2 rabbits & a deer. Great weather, lots of spots with nice breezes, also lots of unshaded areas on the access trails. The lake is pretty, but after a few miles of the same view, I was over it. Dog friendly, may be too long for kids.

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