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We took our 4 year old and 2 year old yesterday on this hike it was beautiful. This was our second time to do this hike once last year and again this year on our annual trip. Be aware that there is a $6.00 fee to hike this trail this was new to us. I believe last year it was donation only. Make sure to bring some cash.

This is a heavily trafficked trail over steep rocks to a really fun swimming hole.

Went on a Thursday. Very pretty and definitely worth it. Water is freezing, but can be nice on a hot day. Lots of people jumping. Do not go on a weekend tho. The trooper told us that the day we went was very good as there wasn’t as many people as usual (about 50-75). She said weeekends usually have 400-500 people. The space is not that big, so that’s crazy to imagine. Also, go earlier if you are not as fond of lots of people. There’s also a lot of more college aged kids, but they were pretty friendly and shared the space. All in all, a very nice hike and good experience, but crowded and cold.

25 days ago

We went down as a family including my 16 yo daughter with Down’s syndrome.
It was extremely difficult for her and she stopped half way down the final descent to the water hole. The trail is easy except for the steep parts. Alcohol has now been banned and people say it really diminished the number of problems and injuries. People were very kind all along the trail.
Great if you need a short trail and want a little bit of a challenge.

Beautiful, short trail. The lower rating is because the trail is heavily trafficked, kids partying, music, some trash left on trails. It’s very beautiful. Used to be a secret local swimming hole.

Went this past weekend and the trail was pretty nice, especially through the field and past the stream, up to the opening of Guffey Gorge. The trail down to Paradise Cove was a bit difficult; uneven footing and unstable rocks, so make sure you wear proper shoes and watch your footing on the way down and back up. The swimming hole was nice, and although other reviews said there were too many people down there and it was crowded - yes, that's true - but the people were all very friendly and everyone was having fun together. Recommend on a hot day when you want to cool off in the water!

Cool spot! Short hike but with a few steep & rocky areas that may be difficult. Swimming hole is pretty but crowded with teenagers - but you can find some quiet spots to have a picnic if you go a little deeper.

this trail was amazing! we took some extra time close to the summit and hiked near to a mile out of our way to see the views . However after summiting the trail back down was not marked at all and we ended up bushwhacking our way back down to Horsethief Falls.

we are in our early 60s and from South Texas, 9' above sea level. I found couple rocky steep areas quite difficult due to uneven footing, shortness of breath and excited dog on end of the leash. it is a pretty walk and several places for dogs to wade in water on leash. We made the walk on a Monday. and swimming area was fairly crowded. 2 parking area were almost full.

2 months ago

Needs supervision wild kids and partying, it used to be nice. Its a very short hike nice waterfall but can't take pictures and enjoy because of to many people. It clearly says no jumping off the rocks but no one there to reinforce the rule and there is a line of kids jumping off and every year someone is air lifted out.

DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! I live in Guffey and this place used to be nice. Trashy kids just trash this place. Nothing but drinking and partying. kids are ALWAYS getting hurt jumping the cliffs. PLEASE if you go, don't litter!!!! This place should be SHUT DOWN!!!

2 months ago

Hiked this with my 12 year old son and really enjoyed it. Quite a challenge and we didn't quite find the USGS marker for the top on account of the rocks becoming a bit too technical and risky for the two of us. The route up was fairly well-marked but once you leave the trees you have to keep an eye out for cairns to guide your way. The route down was basically non-existent if you do the loop but the ground cover isn't too thick and if you keep a close eye on the topography and use your compass getting down isn't too tough.

Views from the top were good, but another set of hikers recommended the view from just east of the summit in the saddle towards Pikes Peak. Next time we go up we'll probably head that way to see what we can see.

No snow or ice on June 2nd, 2018.

Extremely Short Hike to the Cove. Short enough to even bring a chair and cooler.
But if you venture a little farther in from the Cove you can climb up into the formations if desired.
Very much a mini frat party at times. Expect a good sized younger crowd drinking beer and playing music.
Great area though. Highly recommend!

2 months ago

Just the right length for an hours walk

2 months ago

Great hike on 5/23. Did the full loop. Trail is mostly dry with a few isolated snow drifts and occasional mud at higher elevations. I brought traction with me but never found it necessary all the way to the summit or on the descent. I would only recommend attempting the summit from the north approach (Left at the marker - walk through Horsethief Park). This section is fairly well established and the trail has a number of cairns to aid in way finding. This will eventually take you to a large boulder field as others mentioned. There are multiple cairned routes through the boulder field. As others have stated, it seems best to try to stay left. I originally started taking one of the routes more to the right side which seemed more direct and eventually had to make my way left anyway to get to an easier route. Staying left initially would have saved time. Summit requires some class 3 moves. USGS summit marker is in the top of a rock slightly north and slightly below the highest rocks at the summit. The southern part of the loop which descends into Horsethief Park near the falls is much less clearly marked. I didn’t see any cairns or tape or anything else to denote a route on the descent so I was happy to have GPS with me. This part of the trail gets very vertical in some spots but is generally doable with caution. Some class 3 down climbing over rock formations I found necessary sticking to the GPS track, YMMV. Overall beautiful hike and the views are well worth the effort. If I were to do this trail again I might consider backtracking the way I came after summiting rather than doing the loop as it seems this section is both much more clearly marked as well as less vertical.

Still too snowy. Made it 500' below the top but had to turn back. The snow made it dangerous going down, even with spikes. I wouldn't recommend this trail except in the summer with no snow.

The swimming hole itself is really pretty. Super short hike, with pretty scenery. Be prepared for huge crowds of frats guys partying. Huge crowds, loud music, partying, and littering from stupid kids. Honestly ruined the beautiful spot. Would not return.

off road driving
2 months ago

Good trail with quite an elevation difference. Gets very narrow and close to the edge during the last stretch. I would like to note that there is a locked gate at about 12,000 ft. right before the Mount Baldy Reservoir, so you can't actually make it to the summit in a 4x4. Still had a great time in the forest!

Beautiful spot. Tons of people. It felt like a frat party. This place would be wonderful on a hot weekday without many other people there.

4 months ago

I wouldn't go back unless it was for a swim. too short a hike otherwise. was beautiful though and awesome swimming hole though too popular of a spot for my liking... too many people. of suggest a week evening to avoid the people.

4 months ago

We did the loop about seven months ago. The late post is kind of to defend this beautiful hike. No there are no signs. No it’s not super easy. Myself, a 55 year old and my guy, a 56 year old managed it pretty well. I tore my MCL in June and did that “kill me now” descent in August. Not super smart but at the time we had no idea how steep the descent would be. That said I would do it again, healthy in a minute. It’s beautiful and peaceful and an awesome workout for people our age to prepare for some bigger longer hikes. We took our flat lander 25 year old daughter with us and she did that boulder field in half the time we did. It was fun and I would recommend it to anyone for a day hike with a pick your path trail.

beautiful but too short for me. Awesome swimming hole.

off road driving
6 months ago

This is a super good trail! You probably want to have a 4x4 for this lol. If you are afraid of heights make sure you trust your driver because it gets pretty close to the edge. I don’t recommend this trail in the winter. It can get sketchy. The view is great!!

7 months ago

Hiked this on December 18th. Not a large amount of snow yet. However, spikes are definitely necessary. It is very slick when you descend the mountain. The boulder field is avoidable if you stick to the left, there are Cairnes for multiple routes, so stick to the farthest left. However, the boulder field was very fun to navigate and is doable with spikes, there is ample opportunity to get off route. The final push to the summit has some class 3 moves. There was no one else on the trail that day. Probably the best summit experience in the Pikes Peak region.

Quick trail to a beautiful destination. We were lucky enough to be the only ones there today. Worth the drive from the springs.

Updated: We just went back in January and the cove was beautiful. Covered in ice, it made it really special.

10 months ago

If you don't want to drive up 4wd roads for this mountain and don't want to hike roughly 12 miles round trip, start as described below:
Take gold camp road past 379 to 376. This is a road to the reservoirs on the south side of Pikes Peak. Follow 376 to the gate where you can't go further. On the east side of 376 there is a 4wd road called 379 (its western terminus). Follow 379 east for approximately 2/3 of a mile. In a relatively flat section there will be a 2 track old keep road branching off 379. Follow it north for about 1/8 mile.

This is where directions get tricky. There are cairns along the route from this point guiding you toward the base of south Almagre but no real trail. This half mile section could pose a threat to becoming lost. You must make your way, generally staying on a ridge while heading toward the base of South Almagre. Eventually you will find a barb wire fence. A good trail will start on the other side of this fence at a point where the fence has been taken down. Once you make it through the fence your route becomes very clear for the majority of the rest of the hike.

Very beautiful and secluded trail. I did not see any other people the entire hike.

CAUTION: I would highly discourage anyone from attempting this hike without GPS or at the very least a topo map. There is a large chance to become lost on the section of the hike with no trail.

The first trip recording posted by Thomas Yoder "Almagre from McReynolds Res" is spot on- many thanks to you sir. I used your track as an overlay on a topographic map and followed it without issue!

If you are adventurous and have Alltrails Pro- definitely a hike to do!

great easy trail to do with a stroller and kids! Beautiful views of the aspens changing colors this fall!

My twin boys and two pups loved this outing. We were pretty much alone and only crosses paths with four other hikers. It is a very short hike but it is a beautiful one with a great scenery for a picnic at the cove.

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