Wapiti Trail

EASY 10 reviews
#83 of 109 trails in

Wapiti Trail is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ward, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail but the number of mountain bikers flying down the hill without slowing at all make it an unpleasant exercise in surprise for a hiker. Most of them don't warn you they're coming up on you and you have no time to get out of their way; usually its a matter of jumping when you hear them 10 yards behind you going 15 mph. They're technically supposed to slow to go around you but the speed they are going didn't seem that it would be possible. Don't recommend for hiking anyway.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

We did a loop around Lichen Trail and connected to Wapiti. Our total distance was only 3.7 miles as we hiked 9 miles the day before at Picture Rock....Great gentle inclines throughout and beautiful views and wildlife along the way. The last mile I jogged and the trail is very well maintained without any loose rocks etc...

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail on 2/26, two days after about 4 inches of snow. Trail was a mixture of snow, ice, mud and dirt, with lots of rocks and switchbacks along the way to help you gain elevation. We went up to the top where it meets Ponderosa Loop trail, stopped there and then descended back down to the trailhead. It had gotten much warmer by then, and on the way down the trail had turned to a mostly muddy quagmire.

I highly recommend that if you do this trail during winter months, that you get started very early and aim to finish before it warms up, as it is a much better hike when the ground is frozen solid.

As far as views and experience, it is a cool trail. Lots of wooded forest areas if that is your thing, but not a whole lot of panoramic views. The best views are looking south, closer to the beginning of the trail. But, there was a lot of evidence of wildlife in the area including deer and mountain lion tracks, so what it lacks in views it can make up for in overall experience.

Watch out for mountain bikers and trail runners, as this seems like a semi-popular spot. Also, I'm not 100% sure I'd rate this trail as "Easy". Even Boulder County lists the trail as a Moderate. We took a lot of breaks and enjoyed the wilderness, but I wouldn't dream of taking my 70 year old father on this one.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

Nice trail if you are close otherwise make the drive towards Boulder and do one of those