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

Please see the duplicate listing for this trail that rates it as 'hard'. I'm a fair weather,once a week hiker who chooses moderate or easy. Due to the constant uphill, and clambering over rocks, I don't think it's easy. The reservoir has been drained but the hike is quite beautiful and we only met one other couple on the trail. Well worth the effort.

hiking
22 days ago

It's got a great view of Pikes Peak and some of the mountains in South Park (although the plains aren't visible). The beginning isn't that great due to noise from US-24..

28 days ago

Very challenging! Beautiful!

This trail is rated as hard and it sort of is, but I think this is a great trail for beginners. It’s decently tracked out and it’s a good challenge to push yourself even if you’re just getting started. I like it because I don’t often run into people and that’s one of the things I seek most in a trail. I gave it four stars because the views are pretty cool but not amazing.

The map is excellent, otherwise, this trail is hard to find because it winding through residential area even some unpaved trail.

1 month ago

Great hike. Steep in the beginning but evens out.. beautiful and varied views from thick forest to open meadows.

We got lucky enough to have a local stop us to ask if it was our first hike there. He said, “Rather than doing the death march up Hondo,” he recommended turning up Mountain Ave and taking the trail that is straight ahead (marked by some logs lying in the grass). We took that trail up and left and hit Crystal Falls. Then we backtracked to where the Thomas Trail forks off and took that to Catamount Falls. It was certainly strenuous but a fun journey/hike. Loved seeing Catamount Falls at the end.
Also thankful we didn’t have to do the Hondo death march...

Once you get to the waterfall go left on the trail and you can go on Kirkpatrick Trail and then Wallace Trail which makes for a beautiful hike. It will take you down to the dirt road in town. Total maybe 2.25 miles. Beautiful!!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of wildflowers today. We went with our kids ages 4-8 and it felt more strenuous than moderate, but a lot of that probably had to do with the 4 year-old. Waterfalls were the highlights for us. The kids liked putting their feet in the pools. We'll definitely do again when the kids are older. I will say our 7 and 8 year-olds did fine.

Mostly road hike, but the waterfall at the end is a nice reward. I would done this again as a part of the larger Thomas trail.

on Thomas Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Did it with a few kids in toe and they enjoyed the scenery and waterfalls. Trails are marked well, for the most part. Would highly recommend it.

trail running
2 months ago

It is was a difficult trail to keep a solid pace as there are lots of "toe grabbers" and due to flooding and high levels of rain the water crossing is challenging to do without getting your shoes wet. As a runner I would recommend it as an out and back.

3 months ago

great easy trail. took friends from the Midwest on it and they loved it. waterfalls were cool and got to see some wild life.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail! Steep in some parts but nothing to crazy. Yes

3 months ago

This was a great trail. I loved the challenge of it and how you could climb up around the stream and then connect back in with the trail further up.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail up to sections 2/3 of Ring The Peak- parking is not great- you park along the dirt road. Steep at the beginning but nice meadow at top.

hiking
3 months ago

I will agree with folks on the downer of the road walking required, but honestly it wasn’t too bad. Never really ran in to cars. Hitting both waterfalls was a plus...so pretty. It was nice to sit on the rocks and enjoy a snack while listening to the water. I would do this one again!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was fun and beautiful, but it is definitely a tough “moderate” for people who don’t do much hiking. It was just a bit more than we were expecting!
We decided to go backwards (west>east) on the trail because the finishing point was right by our cabin, but that was not the best choice. We started with a long road just straight uphill, rather than having a steady incline across the mountain. Also, not sure if we missed markers because we were going the wrong way, but it seemed like a good portion of the trail was not marked well.

Great park...difficult terrain at times. Beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this trail, one of my favorites.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice hike - decent incline at the beginning and gradually gets easier. Kept going for about 7 additional miles on Ring the Peak trail headed north west. It was fun to see the back of Pikes Peak!

What a burn... 83 switchbacks. I love this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

A great little trail! A good workout and some pretty views of Green Mountain Falls and some small waterfalls. Can still hear the highway at some points. But still beautiful! Stop off at The Pantry for some brunch after!

stand atop boulder at top, take in Pikes directly South. The Rockies to the NW
great place to Airbnb- chipita park, Cascade Falls.

Very pretty, there are some parts of the trail where you need to pay attention to the markers, but worth the hike!

Beautiful trail and a great hike, but the reservoir has been drained. There is a small sign near the trail head that states it has been emptied for an indefinite period while the Corp of Engineers evaluates the structural integrity of the dam and determines what to do.

the parking is pretty crappy but once you get on the trail you realize pretty fast how steep it is. It's a long accent but at the top the views are top notch

Great trail. Beware of loose gravel and steep climbs. I hike with my dog, and it's very important that they stay close by when you inevitably take them off the leash for steep descents. The views are great and the Aspen trees are gorgeous at the top.

Tips: Rugged footwear is preferred over running shoes here, especially after it rains.

Bring plenty of water!

Hiking with a friend is best, this is not a highly used trail and it could be a while before someone stumbles upon you.

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