Winding Stairs Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Winding Stairs Trail is a 10 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.0 miles
2778 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running




wild flowers


off road driving
1 day ago

off road driving
3 months ago

This trail was so much fun in our 100 series Land Cruiser. Took the whole family (three little kids), and spent the entire afternoon taking our time through the 323/324 loop connecting at Rampart Range Road. The trail as identified here is about 2/3 off road driving, but the last 1/3 is not accessible by motor vehicle. The final stretch that leads to the lake is blocked off by a forest service sign indicating it is only for hiking or biking. Once we reached that point we decided to just continue the circuit by heading north and eventually back west to Rampart Range Road. It was a lot of fun, and no one on the road but us!

off road driving
3 months ago

Plenty of parking at TH. Tons of awesome views and multiple places to shoot if that's your thing. Took our 4 seat RZR and it was perfect for a leisurely family drive in a forest. Lots of places to camp as well. A few side trails that we DID not get to explore.

4 months ago

Excellent trail with spectacular views and a sweet oasis at the turn-around point. The trail head is a little confusing as the first few miles of the trail is route 323 off of Rampart Range Road. You will walk the dirt road and then turn left onto route 324 after about two miles. After another mile, leave the trail to the right down a Restoration Trail. The last half mile of the trail before landing at the Palmer Watershed is a killer descent. Take your time as it is easy to lose your footing on the loose gravel.

4 months ago

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Trailhead not where shown on this map. Beautiful views, but very rough trail. Mostly loose granite gravel down a washed out trail. No other people on the trail today.