Winding Stairs Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
#75 of 168 trails in

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
2,421 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




nature trips

off road driving

scenic driving

trail running




wild flowers


off road driving
8 months ago

unable to drive entire winding stairs trail, it's since been closed at about 80%. real shame because its basically all smooth and right where it turned downhill and seemed to get fun- closed. see my recording, we continued on the more main road and ended up doing 324, 324a, and 325a which popped us out on hwy67. all those roads are also very smooth. couple cool views but mostly was a bummer to find out, again, that everything in rampart has been graded smooth or closed. tried to make the best of it and get a little drifting in, if you'd like to see a video i have one up at:

07 ranger manual
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

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.

5 months ago

Saturday, May 20, 2017