Rampart Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 92 reviews
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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
961 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
1 month ago

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

mountain biking
2 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!

3 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.

3 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
4 months ago

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

4 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
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Fantastic easy walk with beautiful scenery and rushing water.

trail running
5 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.

5 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
5 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

walking
7 months ago

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

7 months 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful trail

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