Stratton Open Space Ponderosa and Ridge Loop

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Stratton Open Space

Stratton Open Space Ponderosa and Ridge Loop is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 193 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers

Shaded easy hike to water. Definitely recommend for dogs,

2 months ago

Muddy in most of the shaded parts of the trail.

6 months ago

Nice hike. Easy to get off trail

7 months ago

A fine wee trail. Good for beginners. D.

Took Boss there today. It’s pretty chill.

Sat Jan 26 2019

Wonderful hike leading to beautiful 360 degree vistas. The first reservoir is open in the warmer months for dog swimming and playing. there are many trails off the loop described in this post leading to Gold Camp Rd, N Cheyenne Canyon or north to the Stratton Forest area.

Fri Nov 23 2018

Nice easy trails-great for a morning walk with the dog. Some trails go up a little and there’s great views of mountains and city.

Thu Oct 25 2018

There are a lot of smaller trails and it is easy to end up on them accidentally, but they all connect eventually. It’s nice if you just want to get outside and wander for a little bit!

Mon Aug 20 2018

good views, laid back hike

Mon Apr 16 2018

Personally, I love this place. There are many different birds out there, sometimes deer. Good views of the city and if you're wanting to challenge yourself you can follow the paths up to Gold Camp road and take numerous trails upward from there.

Wed Jul 26 2017

After a point the signs for the tail I was on stopped. I never got lost but made it a little harder. there were other signs that I was able to use and also other hikers were helpful.

Fri Jun 16 2017

excellent for trail running

Sat Apr 01 2017

I hiked this area starting at the Chamberlain trail head which starts in the very first parking lot in the North Cheyenne park. Great hike at the very beginning and then it turns into an area where new development has started and ends in residential area. It felt like I was hiking in some rich persons neighborhood. I would try the Chutes trail which comes close to this area but stays away from development areas. Other than that it was a quiet trail on a rainy day.

2 months ago

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