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I went at the beginning of October. There was little traffic and the weather was very cooperative. Lots of amazing views!

Absolutely beautiful drive with stunning views, especially at the top. I drove with my windows down and was disappointed in the smell from all the car fumes.Alot of traffic so go during the week and early.

One off the more challenging trails in the region but worth the effort. A good stopping point is the short spur to "Sun Tan Rock" as locals call it for fantastic views of Cascade Canyon and the small mountain town of Cascade, CO.

I've tried to do this before, but could never find it. With more details I was able to. It was pretty good though it's a bit of a pain to get up to the bed. The point the map suggests requires a 1/2 mile walk along the (VERY NARROW) should of Highway 24. I, instead, scrambled straight up from the parking lot. That was a bit challenging, but I was more afraid of the highway than the loose scree. The tunnels were interesting and some nice views around Manitou.

Lovely trail and challenging.

accessed the trail from the pull off on Hwy 24. Tough scramble from there to the railroad bed. nice hike along the bed but tons of vehicle noise from Hwy 24 below, hard to even talk over it sometimes. Tunnels were littered with trash, very disappointing. not worth the effort.

1 month ago

Great hike surrounded with beauty!

I loved this place. The litter made me sad. But there wasn’t any on the trail just below it in the tent village. And the homeless just stayed to them selves in their tents. The tunnels were amazing. The scramble to the top was awesome. And your HIKING. Just park somewhere in manitou and walk. It’s not bad. One of the tunnels is an obvious place where climbers practice... one of them (Satan’s tunnel) was where satanic temple had secret meetings back in the day supposedly. There were loads of bats in that one. I honestly loved this trail there was adventure- folklore- and scrambling- and a reminder to not take what you have for granted walking past the tent city. And by tent city I mean like a total of 6 or 7 tents.

2 months ago

No one is ever on this trail! So serene. My favorite is to take the connector to hurricane cyn and go down the incline.

hiking
3 months ago

Also, no parking at the trail head itself. You will have to park at the corner of Park St and Anemone Hill Rd. The rest of the way up is either a private drive or a snow plow turn off with no parking/tow signs.

hiking
3 months ago

Good workout. Wouldnt recommend taking a dog in the summer, mine was feeling the heat and incline, even though we started early. First mile and a half are brutal steep. Good views to the North and East up and down 24, and some really interesting rock gardens to stop in. You cant get to the lake (at least from this trail) as it is now part of the Manitou Watershed and there are signs forbidding entrance. The trail connects to 2-3 other ones though, so one of them may be able to get you closer to the lake. Some fantastic views of Pikes Peak once you crest the summit and start your way down the back side.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike if you’re looking to get a good cardio workout in on a nice day! My gps tracker said it was about 7.01 miles round trip. Long switchbacks and loose gravel before getting to the top. Going down the back of the mountain is much easier with some incline but also the decline. Time was 3hrs and 35 mins round trip. Didn’t see any one else or animals, just birds and lots of insects

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is lovely but also fetted by the noise of Hwy 24 for the first 3 miles or so. Elevation climb is significant to start and then levels off. Best part of the hike, in our opinion, occurs after summiting Mt. Cascade. The back side of the mountain opens into a beautiful meadow as the trail meanders through aspen trees and wildflowers.

trail running
4 months ago

My 6-month-old puppy and I ran this trail. The first couple of miles were hard and seemed to be straight up overall it was a good hike/run. The amount of gravel made it hard to run at some points. We did the whole trail in about 3 hours.

Nice trail. Followed a 4x4 road for about 1.25 miles then got to a single track hiking trail. Intersected with many other trails, so had to keep an eye on the Google map position. Beautiful hike and views from the high meadow and ridge along the east side of the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

I’ve done Heizer trail a few times now and here are just some things for people that aren’t familiar to be aware of. You gain about 90% of the elevation in the first mile. The switchbacks are covered with loose gravel, so you NEED a walking stick or trekking poles (there’s a pile of walking sticks at the starting point). Bring a snack for when you get to the end point, those switchbacks take a lot out of you and you still have to make the trek back to the car. Bring double the amount of water you think you’ll need (leave half in the car if it’s too heavy). Bringing a towel so you can dip it in the watershed and wrap it around your neck helps tremendously (that water is COLD). This trail has some shade, but also A LOT of uncovered trail. On average, it takes 4 hours to get to the end point (without many breaks) and 2 hours to get back to the starting point.
The switchbacks on that first peak seem to never end, but I swear they do! When you get over that first Peak and into the valley, you’ll be covered by trees and have views of Pikes Peak through the trees.
It’s a wonderful hike, just be prepared :)
I’ve also added photos to the album :)

This trail is closed and there is no plans to reopen it. Please be respectful of this. The neighborhood does not like people parking there and putting themselves in danger.

Also this area is finally becoming restored with plant life. Walking through it only promotes more damage until it has a chance to fully heal.

IF YOU DO GO- be aware that there is a ton of loose rock and various sharp pieces of metal sticking out of the ground. Not a place for dogs or absent minded people. DO NOT go after a rain storm or snow melt. It’s incredibly dry despite the creek running through it and not many places to climb to safety should a flood occur.

Truly a sacred place that should be respected as such.

If you want a view, visit Cave of the Winds or drive along Rampart Range Road in Garden if the Gods

5 months ago

Very steep but easy to find an nice views

hiking
5 months ago

Such a great trail... the perfect amount of challenging in the first couple of miles and then it evens out and has great views of Pikes Peak in the next couple of miles after that.

hiking
5 months ago

A challenging remote trail but the traffic noise really kills the vibe. Completely doable in just trail running shoes, even with all the gravel.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike 4/22/18. Got there pretty early around 8a and was pretty much the only one on the trail during the ascent. Trailhead is tucked away about a .25 mile from the sign for it - just follow road up to the left and you’ll see the beginning of the trail. Lots of switchbacks and pretty steady climb throughout, so it was definitely a good workout! Conditions - snow coverage throughout, but lots of melting happened just from the time I started to when I finished, so it was a little slick coming down with slushy/wet snow. Had some pretty nice views along the way though - best being about .5 mile from summit there’s an area at the turn of a switchback that overlooks the canyon.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful and lightly traveled hike. Got there right after the late spring snow, it was manageable without yaktrax, but they would have helped. Small parking area on the corner of Park and Anemone, short walk up to the trailhead

Awesome drive with great views! View the landscape that prompted the song, "America the Beautiful." I was there in December and it was insanely windy at the top, which froze your ears and hands, so bring warm clothes. If you get car sick, you might have issues during the drive, but there is plenty of horizon (albeit at a 20 degree angle) to gaze at to help calm the stomach. There is a nice gift shop and cafe with hot drinks and comfort food at the top. If coming from sea level, the elevation might make it difficult to breathe. I was able to run a bit at the top without too much trouble except a slight light head. But everyone responds differently to elevation. Bring your camera!

can someone who has been there message me on how to get there exactly please. cedde5415@homail.com

Does anyone have any idea when this trail will reopen....used to be a favorite...

hiking
6 months ago

Great Hike! Wife carried a toddler on her back and our 6 year old hike the whole thing. very steep on the way up and can be slippery on the way down. Bring lots of water and maybe a snack.

6 months ago

great hike. pretty steep incline but def worth the effort. parking at the base might be an issue for some, so be prepared to walk to trailhead (through some residential driveway areas). very light patches of snow/ice. regular hiking shoes will get ya through just fine.

6 months ago

Beautiful and challenging!

Loved the challenge of the beginning of this hike, well worth the view at the top of Pikes Peak. Carried 30lb of toddler on the way up on my back and would do it again!

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