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on Newlin Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent trail! It seems most don't make it to the top past the old steam engine. The last 1/2 mile is steeper than the rest but the views are worth it.

Recommend 4x4 to trailhead parking due to washout road.

Most of the trail was still covered in snow due to recent snowfall in October 2018.

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Beautiful trail nice creek to look at. Lots of different vegetation. Lots of cover from the trees so a little chilly in the cooler months.

who knew such a little trail could hold so many views

mountain biking
1 month ago

Drove over an hour to find out this trail is now closed to bicycles.

hiking
1 month ago

Really liked this hike. Just the right amount of challenge. Could definitely backpack in and camp at one of the primitive campsites. Loved all the creek crossings and beautiful aspens! This trail was a little more shaded than I had planned for so I was a bit chilly until I got moving. Will be back!

got a late start so we made it half way up but we will return again to finish! beautiful trail

on Newlin Creek Trail

hiking
2 months ago

totally enjoyed it! the aspen leaves were gorgeous!

no signs anywhere. the entire thing is very close to the highway. ponds are dirty and small. trail is not well defined and there is barely anything to see. the trail is very much out in the open.

The view at the end is worth the hike up!!! Get up on top of the big rocks for the best view!

hiking
2 months ago

The aspens are starting to turn!!

hiking
2 months ago

I love the shady hike to the mill, after the mill it gets pretty steep. Overall a great hike close to home. Views from the summit are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked August 24. Dog loved all the streams to get drinks. Easy to follow to the sawmill. After the sawmill, we had trouble telling if we were on the trail due to scattered cairns and trail tape. Did get to the top somewhere along the way-and back down-without getting lost. Nice views from the top. Recommend 4wd to get all the way to the trailhead. Our Subaru crosstrek got there without too much trouble.

hiking
3 months ago

Is the elevation gain(2125ft) right? It is 1450ft according to my GPS.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail later in the summer and not much water flowing. Still beautiful. Road to trailhead was very bumpy due to heavy rain and run off.

hiking
4 months ago

July 28 - Wonderful hike!

hiking
4 months ago

We hiked this trail on July 28th 2018. Creek was running nice for the first 1.5 miles then mostly dry except a small trickle in a few spots. All in all the hike was very nice and the other hikers we encountered (probably 10-12 people) were all very friendly. We went to the top which is about 1.25 miles past the sawmill. The hiking past the sawmill was a little steeper but the view was very nice at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was great! The sawmill along the route is a very neat part of it, and the view at the top is pretty! Giving 4 stars because it is a bit overgrown in some places, and has lots of loose dirt/rocks (my boyfriend actually twisted his ankle pretty bad coming down because of a loose rock). Definitely recommend! It was great for the dogs as well

hiking
5 months ago

June 26, 2018. Be aware of the bear! I hiked up to the summit and back, roughly an 8-mile round trip. About halfway back to the trailhead, I ran upon a large black bear, I'd figure over 500 lbs. He was resting in the brush about twenty feet off the trail and I probably startled him as much as he startled me. Luckily he wasn't aggressive, so we parted on friendly terms. Just be mindful that the dry weather has driven some of the large animals closer to water.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hiking trail! There were some fallen trees and some patches of loose rock. Went to this trail on Memorial Day- and still it wasn't too busy. The road to the trail head is a bit difficult after passing the amphitheater. Recommend having a higher clearance vehicle unless you are adept at driving on that type of condition.

backpacking
6 months ago

Our family of four hiked up to the boiler as our first backpacking trip with the kids. Our boys are 8 and 9 and the trail was just about at their max difficulty point on the way up. The uphill sections are broken up with some nice level sections, so it's not too sustained. The stream crossings were a big hit and a mini-adventure each time we got to one. None of the crossings were too hard for the kids to do - just balance on the logs and walk across. The scenery was nice, with a good mix of boulders and trees. There are a good number of fallen trees, some quite recent, but they don't affect hiking on the trail. We saw lots of cool beetles and heard lots of birds.

We made it to the boiler in about 2.5 hours. In that same area are multiple (non-official) campsites. We picked one with some young aspen trees and stream access behind it. It wasn't very far off the trail, but it didn't matter, since no hikers came through after we arrived.

Minor note for those staying overnight: this location must be on a major cross-country airline route. Once the sun went down, we heard airliners going by every few minutes. This definitely took away from feeling you were out in the wilderness. We also heard lots of happy bird noises and a mouse who found some granola in one of the kid's packs.

In the morning we had breakfast, broke down camp, and hiked out in 1.5 hours. It was a pleasant walk out, with a different perspective.

The road in is fine for SUVs and probably most cars. It is only really bumpy after you leave the mountain park (0.9 miles to the trailhead). We passed a road grader smoothing out the road in the mountain park and then hit the somewhat rutted road to the trailhead. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it unless I had a car with low clearance.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike, but I’ll write a second review to note that the trail that continues past the sawmill gets very difficult to follow! Soon we hope to go mark it better for ours and everyone’s sakes, wouldn’t want anyone getting lost out there. It’s worth the extra mile to the top of the ridge, the path is marked by rock piles (inuksuk) and trail tape VERY SPARSELY! Please be safe and enjoy the beautiful views!

camping
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! Moderate rating on the maintained trail is accurate, though the trail continuing past the sawmill is harder by far and I would urge anyone going further than the sawmill to bring your own trail markers! The trail is sparsely marked after about a half mile. The extra mile is worth it though! Beautiful view of pikes peak.

hiking
7 months ago

On April 18, 2018, the trail was in excellent shape. No snow or mud. Creek crossings were easy, except one place about a mile and a half in from the trailhead where a large tree has fallen across the south side.
The Alltrails map depicts the trail ending just beyond the sawmill. But actually the trail continues north up the hill another mile or so to the top of the ridge where you can enjoy some breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the Arkansas Valley. It makes the total round trip almost eight miles (about four hours), but it's worth the extra effort and time.

hiking
8 months ago

Went 3/21/2018. There was still a little ice on the ground and some of the creek was frozen. Quit a lot of rock and roots in the trail make it easy to trip. It is very easy at time then other times you have knee high rocks to climb over, with a 20foot cliff on one side of you, so I feel averaging it out, moderate was a fair rating Trail seems well maintained and the road had no major issues for my jeep. Took the dog, he got tired halfway up like we did, but still worth getting to the sawmill, and then to top. At a modest pace with a few breaks on the way there and back we did it in about 3.5 hours. Would go again, but most likely just to hike halfway and camp.

Awesome trail. Hiked it today 3/4/18.

The road: no problem till the last 1/2 mike where it became muddy, snowy, bumpy. If you were really careful you MIGHT be able to get a regular passenger car all the way to the trail head. I would recommend a high clearance 4wd for the road conditions at this time, or you could just park on the side of the road before you get to the bad spot.

The trail: about 40% mud/ice/snow covered but manageable if you’re fairly sure-footed. Just wear boots/shoes with good traction and be mindful while on the ice. Snow is not deep at all- maybe an inch or two in a few spots.

The time: if you’re a quick hiker- you can make it to the old sawmill (steam engine) in about an hour and fifteen minutes, and back down in an hour or less even with the ice.

Traffic: I went on a Sunday late afternoon and didn’t see anyone for the entire hike. Amazing place , which is evening more amazing considering there was no one there and the drive is only about an hour from Colorado Springs

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful area and really nice hike, the creek was frozen in some areas.

Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.

Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/snow on the trail.

Arrived at the trail-head on around 0900 and parking lot was empty.

A few primitive camping areas along the trail, mostly at the beginning and also near the steam engine. My recording shows the camping spots with pictures.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

hiking
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

hiking the steam engine at the end is awesome

hiking
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This is a nice walk among beautiful Forest, creeks, rock formations. It's listed as moderate, but if you were in average health you can make this walk.

nice peaceful easy drive.

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