Red Mountain Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

Red Mountain Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

snow

This is a relatively short trail with spectacular views on the way up as well as at the top. From the summit you can locate the Manitou Springs Incline, Pikes Peak, Cave of the Winds, the Cliff House, Kissing Camels in Garden of the Gods, and of course, Colorado Springs. Even though close in to civilization, it is easy to feel like you are worlds away from it while ascending. We recommend using the free parking and Incline shuttle since the trail heads aren't too far apart. You're not allowed to park off Spring Street anymore and will get towed. Parking along Ruxton is paid parking/for residents.

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23 days ago

My first mountain to climb. Loved it, went off on some side trail towards the end of my assent. Way more difficult than if I just climbed going around via the 'original' more traveled trail. Where I went 'wrong', was I stayed to the left more than the right!

Park at memorial park and take the shuttle, we walked back to MP so we could walk Manitou

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3 months ago

Park at the incline shuttle lot and ride up. Especially on the weekend.

The hike took us one hour to the summit. We walked, we jogged, we caught our breath.

There's a nice view of the incline. The hike is a mix of shade and sun so you won't burn up. Some loose gravel on the trail. For being a short hike it's a good challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail. Being a flat lander this trail seemed hard so to the change in altitude. Great views and very peaceful.

hiking
4 months ago

Parking is a pain in the neck, but if you take the free shuttle to the TH, it shouldn't be too bad.

The views from the top are fantastic!

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Nice incline to make you work hard. Great view at the top. Try to avoid parking directly near the trail head, parking costs are $10 an hour.

6 months ago

Locals favorite

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

As someone who is hiking for both entertainment and exercise, this is a perfect hike. It's a fairly steep incline once you get to the base of Red Mountain. It's tiring, but not the worst. The views are worth it.

Note, All Trails directs you to park at a trail head off Spring St. You're not allowed to park here anymore and will get towed. Parking along Ruxton is paid parking/for residents. I recommend using the free parking and Incline shuttle since the trail heads aren't too far apart.