Rampart Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 58 reviews
#23 of 127 trails in

Rampart Reservoir Trail is a 13.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Where the water is as blue as the Colorado sky! If you'd like a day at the lake in Central Colorado, this is the place to go. If you like to hike and/or to fish, this is the place to go. Rampart Reservoir rests on a granite plateau at 9000 ft of elevation, about 10 miles northwest of Colorado Springs and 4 miles east of Woodland Park. It is one of the favorite fishing, hiking, biking, and picnicking areas in the region. Reaching the trail around the reservoir from the Rainbow Gulch trailhead is the perfect way to add a beautiful stream-side trek and avoid the parking hassles at the dam end of the reservoir. The trail from the trailhead to the lake, around the lake, and back is approximately 16 miles long. You will not experience a significant elevation gain at any one point, but because the lake was formed where 12 different streams flowed into West Monument Creek, you will climb at least a dozen different ridges as you work your way around the lake.

hiking
4 hours ago

6 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Gorgeous trail, especially alongside the river that leads to the lake. Aspens everywhere. One of my favorites!

mountain biking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning hike around the reservoir. Views of Pikes Peak around every corner. Be aware that this is a long but easy hike. Took us 6 hours at a slow pace and an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Don't forget your camera!! A few mountain bikes but were all courteous and no risks.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery, easy hike, long and mostly flat with some rolling hills. Took us about 5h 15min (we are in our late 20s, in decent shape, stopped once for lunch). To be honest we got a little bored of the scenery after about 10 miles or so. I would NOT recommend parking at the lot that all trails takes you. It turns the ~11 mile loop into a ~14 mile trek that doesn't add all that much value. Park either at the dam or at the picnic area and then you can just do the 11 mile loop around the reservoir. Use google maps and just enter "rampart reservoir" and it'll take you to the picnic area parking lot. Seems like a beautiful place to fish, kayak, or just hang out in a hammock for a while!

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful day and picture perfect scenery the entire trek. Not many people out at all which also made it nice ❤️

walking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing views no matter where along the trail you are!

1 month ago

Awesome hike! Was Mother's Day so there was a decent amount of people there but the trails were not crowded. Only ran into a handful of people on the trail and did the whole loop. Long easy hike do to hardly any elevation changes. Prepare for your feet to be sore. My dogs loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! It was a beautiful serene trail. Plan on going back with my dog.

hiking
1 month ago

The fast elevation change at the beginning is rough, but seeing the beautiful reservoir is worth it.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail and it doesn't take to long to get to the Reservoir. Overall good hike, and if you want to see a preview of it check out the video I made.
https://youtu.be/hkM4D6Ve9WA

mountain biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Long hike if you take rainbow gulch up, our feet were definitely sore. Would be a great mountain bike ride.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favorite hikes to take the dogs. Never too busy, and beautiful year round!! I almost like the trail up to the reservoir more than the actual loop! 5 stars!

3 months ago

Combine with Rainbow Gulch. Great treck in!

3 months ago

great hike beautiful scenery!