Great hike but just so crowded

It’s beautiful, must see it. West side trails you can view more then East side.

hiking
19 hours ago

Fantastic trail for a medium/difficult work out depending on experience. Starts off with an incline and continues to go up from there for more than half of the trail. Flat areas for resting, and some parts of the trail are worn so proper shoes are needed.

Daily parking fee is $9. Trail is well maintained with trail signs and overlook signs.

We (as well as our dog) really enjoyed this trail. Easy hike with nice views and not super busy. Our dog loved playing in the water

on Templeton Trail

hiking
1 day ago

What a gem and frankly a big surprise! Views of the city, mountains, Castle Rock, and basically a different perspective from the trails up in the mountains. Beautiful little loop trail that gives you great views throughout as you hike through relatively rocky terrain. Mileage is about 4+ with some ups and downs but minimal elevation change. I saw a few bikers but the terrain is definitely better suited to hikers. Try it in both directions!

hiking
1 day ago

Nice steady climb the whole way until the trail closes around 2.7 miles in. Trail is wide for first mile plus (High Drive) before turning off and going single track for the remainder. The good news is you can easily turn this into a 7+mile loop by returning on 776 to Mount Buckhorn and dropping down on 667 to High Dr and back. Buckhorn gives you the benefit of great views but also more runners and bikers, but definitely worth the few extra miles. Given the lack of shade on High Dr, I would recommend very late afternoon on hotter days.

I felt like the reviews were a little misleading. “Easy” hikes should be kid friendly but this hike has steep drop offs through out and tons of scree/loose gravel. Several interesting points of interest and the views are amazing, but if your kids are adventurous yet sporadic and give you anxiety on steep trails, maybe consider a different hike like Chamberlain Trail (nearby).

Ok so it can definitely get a bit crowded, especially on the paved portions and on holidays (or now every day). This is still one of my favorite hikes in the world just based on the sheer beauty of this park. Despite visiting dozens of times I never grow tired of visiting. Normally once you get out of the central area and onto Scotsman or Siamese Twins you lose most of the traffic and can stop and reflect a bit.

The open space was nice. Parking was decent, but I'd say the earlier the better to arrive. Maps are on-site of various trails to venture. Bikers and hikers mainly. Will be going back again!

on Columbine Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Very scenic and enjoyable trail with light to moderate elevation change. Views basically non-stop as you wind your way along the side of the mtn towards the falls and the 7 Bridges trailhead. Starting from Middle Columbine parking lot it’s almost exactly 6.5 miles RT with 1300 ft ascent. The trail is popular with bikers so don’t be surprised to see a few. S curves have a lot of loose gravel so be sure to have decent shoes especially in the last little downhill before you return.

hiking
1 day ago

Just a fabulous trail with great views throughout. Easy uphill up to Mt Cutler split where it becomes even more fun with a few extra twists. Last 1/2 mile is twisty, rocky and steep but well marked with arrow signs pointing you to the top. No scrambling needed here, but you should be in good condition with solid footwear. Once up there-spectacular! Recommend adding in Mt. Cutler as well as it’s an easy 1/2 mile add on and gives you some views of the Seven Falls trail and suspension bridge system.

Beauty views. The incline for the first third is a bit tough, but after that it is mostly flat and shaded. There are mountain bikers and it looks like horses frequent this trail, and the trail overall is pretty narrow— just something to consider on busier days.

Good beginner trail and pretty easy to do. Parking can be a problem if you don’t go early in the morning to get a parking spot.

Great secluded trail! Old Stage road is very bumpy and dusty but great views and doable in all cars. Easier with suvs and trucks but we saw plenty of sedans making the drive. Hiking trail is very easy to follow and goes along a ridge line so you get great views the entire way. Quite a bit of elevation going out and then downhill just about the whole way back. Saw lots of people and families on a Saturday morning.

Good climb up on the more difficult side. We did it packing in a 15 month old so it was interesting. Great views and worthwhile hike

I only did a few miles of this hike. Some scenic views at certain spots. However, the trail itself breaks off at different points where you have to cross a street and/or use the map to try and figure out where you’re going - it’s not straightforward. Also, it’s classified as ‘easy’ but there are areas that are a bit of an incline - I would think easy would consist more of flat land or routes where you could take a wheelchair/stroller; so if you’re planning to bring someone in a wheelchair/stroller I wouldn’t recommend this trail.

hiking
1 day ago

First time on the Columbine- it was amazing!!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

walking
1 day ago

Great views, yes. Pretty steep in some sections. Slippery as h*ll coming down with all the loose gravel. Don’t attempt without good boots, and highly recommend poles. Yeah, you can do it in tennis shoes, but only if you want to land on your rear 2-3 times. Trail not real well marked in a few spots - just follow the red line!

Best hike anyone could go on. definitely want to prepare for steep walk up but a great walk down. Have plenty of water

Fantastic! Take a hammock you’ll enjoy it at the top! Great views. Well worth driving up the gravel road!

Beautiful day to go on a short hike with my family (hubby and 5yo) we did a 3 mile loop and it was perfect! Lots and lots of people here though and small trails for passing.

hiking
1 day ago

Rocks a little slick on the way down but beautiful views and a nice workout!

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 days ago

As a COS native I can say this is one of the most difficult trails in the city. Make sure you take the hummingbird trail. If you make it to the water tower you have gone too far. Its very hard to find the path once you get to the top due to the trail being washed out. Lots of loose gravel. Each one of my friends slipped. The views from the top are stunning, but not sure I will do this trail anytime soon due to it being totally washed out.

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