Paint Mines Trail

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Paint Mines Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Calhan, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

muddy

snow

no dogs

Easy to moderate trail with some inclines. Great views of the Paint Mines, prairie, and Pike's Peak. Can get muddy after rain, as the trail is a lot of clay. Washouts often can be mistaken for trails. The full figure 8 trail is 4 miles, but shorter routes are possible. No dogs, horses, bicycles, or motorized vehicles permitted.

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16 days ago

Geological features are very cool to look at, but some of the trails are super overgrown or washed out. You can make this a "choose your own adventure" type hike to avoid those areas though

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28 days ago

The trails further away from the formations need some care. It looked just like a riverbed and was very overgrown.

The formations on the other hand where incredible! I suggest this hike to anyone since the painted clay deposits are truly a site to see.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great gem of a place in Colorado. I just wish everyone else who was there paid attention to the couple of signs requesting for visitors to NOT climb on the formations to help preserve them for the future since they're fragile. I saw multiple people climbing on them, even parents taking their young kids up to the tops of the formations despite signage. Also no dogs allowed. I didn't see any today but have seen a couple photos on social media of people who have brought their dogs. Rules apply to everybody for the sake of preservation!

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1 month ago

Lovely stroll with amazing sights!

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1 month ago

Nice afternoon hike. The landscape was beautiful!

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1 month ago