Explore the most popular Views trails near Colorado Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great quick trail to see some red rock structure. Several great photo opportunities.

Absolutely beautiful! A great trail to hike if you want to escape the paved paths and get great views of outside the park area.

Very easy trail, leading up to beautiful views. Ample parking at trail head.

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rocky
scramble
washed out
1 day ago

I definitely would recommend this! But be warned there are snakes, I saw what I think were garden snakes slithering away from the path as I was walking. There are signs for rattlesnakes but I didn’t see or hear any. The paths aren’t marked and there a lot of bike trails, you just have to look ahead and gauge which way you want to go. The views are amazing once you climb the rocks! There are many spots up there that are flat for you to take some awesome pictures. If you are going to the rock I do not suggest bringing children, there are many loose rocks and spots can get a little sketchy for little feet.

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no shade
2 days ago

Very fun trail not to terribly hard the incline does get a little steep and you have to kind of find your way to the top of kineo as the trail starts to disappear towards the top but beautiful view of Colorado Springs and the surrounding mountains.

A great cool down trail after long hikes. Shady trail that is very easy walking. Plenty of wildlife along the creek. This is a short trail perfect for walking with young children and pets. Take your time and enjoy nature and the creek. Some nice rock formations along the trail as well. Trail starts behind the visitors center and ends at a parking lot up the canyon. This parking lot is where Middle Columbine Trail begins.

Absolutely amazing trail

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no shade
3 days ago

Hiked this at 12:30 pm with my brother. There is no trail head sign. We parked at Balanced Rock, then walk downhill on the road, go past the triangle in the road and on the right is a trail head marker for Balanced Rock, start there. Very pretty views, a great way to see the park and features without so many people. Pretty easy hike, what made it moderate for me is that there is very little shade so it was a bit hot. But I recommend it! Just take a hat, lots of water and sunscreen.

It was a gorgeous day there were some people but not too much I was able to get off on a trail and be the only one on it. Beautiful picturesque clouds and shadows all over, perfect day for photography.

It's a flat, wide path. Well maintained. Great for running, walking pets, and biking!

Difficult, but the views are amazing.

We hiked 5 miles today and it was so nice to have maintained trails. Beautiful rock formations made it all worth it

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bugs
washed out
3 days ago

I’m sure I am like many others, on the way up I found myself scrambling over scree fields and boulders. I found the trail on the way down and it was significantly easier than the scrambling. The trail is steep, and washed out in places with the occasional loose rock. The key to this hike is after you turn off the Hummingbird Trail and onto the Blodgett Peak Trail you will encounter quite a few forks in the trail. ALWAYS go left. Once you top out on the first saddle the trail becomes really well defined. It travels left and looks like it goes downhill, but this is the correct trail. If you miss this point, you will end up scrambling up boulder fields like we did (and everyone else...it seems). Believe me, the trail is way easier than the scrambling route. The trail will take you up a draw to a second saddle. After you top out of the second saddle Blodgett Peak is just above you and to your right. The trail is easy to follow with one really short scramble to the summit. The top has spectacular 360 degree view of the Springs, the Air Force Academy and Rampart Reservoir. The only bummer was the swarm of gnats that met us at the summit. That made it a little hard to enjoy the view, and cut our time on the top short. The trail is definitely steep for most of 3 miles. I highly recommend trekking poles, lots of water and some food.

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bugs
washed out
3 days ago

I only give it 3 stars due to the use of dirt bikes on the trail. The trail is in serious disrepair, it's dished out which is tough for hiking and trail runners alike. This is all due to the dirt bikes. We attempted this trail late Sunday morning, we met close to 20 dirt bikes on the narrow trail in less than a quarter mile from the saddle at the top of High Drive. They were reckless and didn't seem to care for the hikers on the trail. My wife and I were almost hit a handful of times so we abandoned our hike to Buckhorn. We returned on Monday afternoon. All the dirt bikes were gone. The hike was pleasant except for the biting flies. Summit was peaceful. If you do make this hike avoid the weekends, plan your trip on a weekday to avoid being ran over by cocky, inconsiderate dirt bike riders. When you do make it to the top continue heading north towards the true summit. If you find the balancing boulder then you have made it to the true summit.

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no shade
4 days ago

Short fairly easy hike, other than there’s little shade and it was HOT! Definitely recommend doing this one early or in the afternoon. It was hard to find a parking spot as well

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rocky
4 days ago

I’m new to hiking and this being my second hike I really enjoyed it. Throughout there was educational signs and benches which was nice. I will say however there are a few things to look out for! 1- when you get to this trail head (which can be kind of confusing to get to because the maps and signs aren’t super clear) go to the right side of the loop!!!! We took the left side and it was definitely more incline than if we would have taken the right side. I would say that taking the left is difficult while taking the right would have been moderate. 2. Beware of wasps/yellow jackets. We walked by a whole nest in a hallowed trunk and on a previous hike in the same park my friend was stung multiple times. 3. Has some really pretty views of the mountain however much of the scenery is the same.. this didn’t really bother me however due to the fact that the path kept things interesting with roots/rocks/inclines etc.

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scramble
4 days ago

It was a nice trail with shady areas. I was unable to make it to the summit as there was some very steep rocks to get over towards the end and I made the decision to turn around. There are some nice look out points throughout the trail. Most of the trail is on gravel so that made it a bit difficult to get back down.

The beginning is tough. Steep switchbacks and you incline up the mountain. But once you peak, it’s a gradual decline. Full of beautiful views and lots of trees to provide shade.

Very nice trail. Just when think you’ve lost your place there’s a cairn. It starts out on gold camp pretty flat, then remains that way pretty much until the switchbacks . These are tough but not impossible. After you’ve gone through the man made fence you need to turn right and then left onto the last leg of the hike. This is by far the steepest and most challenging part. The trail is pretty easy to follow the whole way through . After this 1.5 mile climb, you’ll reach a meadow/ open area with incredible views of Almagre and Pikes . One more stretch to the top about 1 mile or so and you’re there . Amazing views of the city, a reservoir , and surrounding mountains. Round trip with a 45 min break at the top was 6 hours , left at 9:30 am and got back 3:30.

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4 days ago

Left side is more incline and harder, go right and you'll have more decline. Lots of rocks on the trail that are fun to run. Pretty good

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4 days ago

Great hike close to home. Now that summer is over, it wasn't very busy at all. Very easy trail to run down after enjoying the views at the summit. Will be even more beautiful when the Autumn colors kick in!! This will be my go-to when I need a short outdoor workout!

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rocky
4 days ago

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5 days ago

The beginning of the hike isn't too bad. Then at the actual trail up it becomes steep. It's worth the steep climb though. The actual climb up is available to dirt bikers. We had to move over for about twelve dirt bikes which was challenging because of the narrow trail and drop off edge.

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washed out
5 days ago

A great hike to the summit. beautiful 360 views. Easy hike to the saddle up High Drive. Trail was not marked, turn right and follow up. The last 100 plus yards before summit are washed out pretty bad. It also gets steep but it's doable. Make sure to bring hiking poles for the decent. Remember that you are exposed in High Drive and the summit. probably not the best choice for a midday hike. Take time to enjoy the views.

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