Winding Stairs OHV Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, mountain biking, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain721 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCampingMountain bikingOHV/Off-road drivingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Doug Abbott
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OHV/Off-road driving

It’s been a couple months since we visited this trail and I am just now getting around to writing a review. Much of this trail is now closed and what remains is now uneventful. In an almost stock 1995 Jeep YJ, only a 2” lift, we were able to complete the trail without needing 4wd except for the few “play areas” that we found. Like most of the Rampart Range area, it’s just not a great place for Jeeps and views are sporadic.

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Lee Popp
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Hiking

Not sure if the name is pronounced like whine ding or wind (air flow) ding. Lots of uphill (from Palmer Lake) and great views of Colorado Springs, Monument and Black Forest. I have GoPro video of most of the uphill/downhill if anyone wants to see what appears to be an old washed out 4WD/wagon road.

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B Roll Offroad
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OHV/Off-road driving

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC8T64cENOU&lc=z22fe1cw1sn4cdrwj04t1aokg2lsh0zfxku54o2cvp3zbk0h00410 07 ranger manual bilsteins 13psi 33" no lift no locker no sway bar youtube trail channel: b roll offroad have fun!

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Randy S
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OHV/Off-road driving

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!

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Jeff Valenzia
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Hiking

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.

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Kristin T
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Hiking
First to Review

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.

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Alex Tatman
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Hiking
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Sam King
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Hiking
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Dan Holland
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Hiking
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Ken Other
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Jim Lake
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