Paradise Cove Swimming Hole Trail

EASY 21 reviews

Paradise Cove Swimming Hole Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Florissant, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
203 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

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A Granite Walled Swimming Hole: Paradise Cove (also known as Guffey Cove) is a hidden little swimming hole near Cripple Creek. The cove is a short, but sometimes steep 1/2 mile (one way) hike. You will be rewarded for your modest effort with an afternoon of fun, and a whole lot of good stories to tell your friends. The cove itself is a small but deep pool, fed by a small waterfall. The pool is surrounded by steep granite cliffs that provide diving platforms for the adventurous. There are three different heights, each providing different levels of thrills and danger. Aside from swimming and cliff jumping the site is very scenic and a fun place to just hang out. Note: Cliff jumping is very dangerous - proceed at your own risk

walking
1 month ago

There really isn't a hike here. While, you need to be able to navigate a few rocks and steep spots, other than that it's a gentle short 1/2 mile or less walk in. There are vault toilets at the trailhead and parking for about 20 vehicles. No food or water available. Bring a blanket and picnic. Good for about an hour total if you chill and eat.

This really seems to be a hang out for college age kids.

Please don't jump off the rocks. They have to haul out so many people from here that they've pre-installed rescue/recovery points in the rocks.

2 months ago

This really isn't a "hike" I guess. Found some broken glass and beer bottles. The cove was alright. Quick 7 minute walk one way.

2 months ago

Very pretty area. I wish the hike was longer to get there. A lot of people have left cracked glass and other trash so keep an eye on your dogs.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous place, and an easy hike year round. Only downside is a lot of trash left all over, but that doesn't take away from the beauty of the canyon!

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hiking
3 months ago

such a great hidden gem

3 months ago

6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

It's 100% beautiful everywhere you look!

8 months ago

Went here with some locals on a Saturday. Lots of people at the swimming hole getting drunk and smoking pot. The cove is a very pretty place but there's lots of broken glass and trash. I wish someone was there to patrol the area a little better. People were jumping in off the cliff walls right and left, some scary jumps.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike and extremely beautiful all around. There was a lot of trash such as beer cans and cigarette butts but overall a place worth going to!

hiking
9 months ago

Such a shame that this place has been ruined by people getting drunk and partying there. It would've been a solid 5 stars had there not been so many drunks and people using drugs.

9 months ago

Easy hike, beautiful location. Unfortunately drugs and alcohol has gotten the best of this spot. It was heavily trafficked with lots of trash. The drunks and smell of pot really ruined it.

9 months ago

Found this trail on accident driving by on the highway. Great little hike along the stream and quite the surprise finding the swimming hole hidden at the end.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Just went there for the first time last week. The place is not as trashed as people claimed it to be. It appears someone kindly enough cleaned up the place.
Furthermore, this place is amazing and is a great spot for cliff jumping, not recommended if you're afraid of heights, but this is a fun place to visit on a sunny day. The water is cold but way worth the small hike.

I just ask that people please take your trash and do your best to keep this place clean.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I took my family there after the reviews on this site and this was a big mistake. First this is a tiny area and there were over 200 kids from 18-28 drinking and jumping from the cliff. Trash was everywhere, people were very rude and after 10 minutes we left. I guess there are not many places for young folks to go on a sunny day in the summer. If you like crowds, loud drunk kids then this place is for you.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This is a great place to go if you want to find a one of a kind spot in colorado where you can cliff dive, swim and hang out in quite a private place that you normally wouldn't find unless you were looking for it.