Rampart Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews
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Rampart Reservoir Trail is a 13.2 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
13.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
928 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
3 days ago

First time up to Rampart and it wont be my last! Started from Rainbow Gulch and walked clockwise. The trail was easy to follow but it did get pretty tight in some spots. There is a good bit of shade overall but some areas are full sun. The parking lot at the dam gets very hot, if hiking with dogs and crossing the dam keep an eye on their feet. Take lots of water and snacks and enjoy the beautiful views!

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous hike but if you plan on going in the near future leave early or wear good sun protection as it was very warm. My pup and I had a lot of fun and the scenery was just beautiful. I was warned that the Bear traffic was high right now and that they had cubs. The same with the Elk but we did luckily not encounter any as I would not like to interrupt a new Mommy that is out and about.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike , lots of wonderful views , lots of shade

trail running
1 month ago

Gorgeous views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area! I started/ended at Rainbow gulch and my app said I completed 15.73 miles. Relatively flat run for the area but my feet were smoked! I will be completing this run many times in the future!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! I started the trail on the other side of the dam for enormous views of Pikes Peak. Side trails take you to the water. Tons of huge rocks on the beach for climbing. The water is so pristine and bright blue/green. Most of the forest on the other side of the lake was burned. I definitely recommend starting this trail from the dam.

1 month ago

Did the full 16 mile loop from rainbow gulch. Very little elevation gain but definitely tough on the feet. Hadn't planned on doing the whole loop but it was well worth it.

3 months ago

I was not initially planning on doing the entire loop but ended up being able to! App says distance is 13.1 miles but my GPS said 14.6 by the time I was actually finished. Not any significant elevation gains or technical areas but the trail was not marked at all. Went clockwise and didn't see a trail marker until close to the dam. Popular trail but people weed out the further in you go. I am a novice hiker and would recommend a partner just due to the distance and seclusion.

5 months ago

Gets busy on the weekends but such a great bike trail for both new and experienced mountain bikers. Not very dog friendly near the damn (dogs must be leashed) but once you get out no one on the trail cares as long as your dogs are under control.

5 months ago

Rated moderate largely for distance I’m thinking? It was long, but really beautiful and varied landscapes.

hiking
7 months ago

good trail, definitely for biking. a little rough on the calves with the loose rock paths. beautiful this time of year!

mountain biking
8 months ago

Haven’t completed the full trail, but I’ve done a lot of it in sections. Easy hike with gorgeous views and an absolute adventure when you bike it!

9 months ago

Nice hike around the Resrrvoir. Perfect for a couple or family day trip. Plenty of spots to have a picnic and enjoy the scenery. Pets (leashed) are welcome.

9 months ago

Great area and you can make it easy or hard depending on how long you make it. Flowers are awesome this year

hiking
10 months ago

12 miles if you go all the way around this beautiful lake. Not crowded when we were there. Water was calm and great for kayak, paddle board, and fishing. $6 per car to get in.

hiking
10 months ago

Such a beautiful hike all around with lots of rest spots and scenic points.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail that goes all the way around the reservoir. Easy hike. Amazing view of pikes peak. There's awesome camping spots that are right by.

hiking
11 months ago

Very pretty! about 3.5 mile round trip if you turn around once you reach the reservoir.

11 months ago

Fantastic easy walk with beautiful scenery and rushing water.

trail running
11 months ago

Trail is fantastic. Not too steep but still challenging. Pay attention to the weather. There is no where to go for shelter if you get stuck half way out during a storm. I'm speaking from experience. Otherwise, it was really easy to follow and worth the drive down Rampart Road.

11 months ago

beautiful trail around a gorgeous reservoir. you have an amazing view of pikes peak in the background. great camping near by. Tons of wildflowers.

hiking
11 months ago

Parked near the reservoir and hiked partway around. It's a beautiful hike, mostly level, with plenty of spots to rest down by the water.

hiking
Friday, June 16, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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

walking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

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
Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Beautiful trail

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