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rocky
1 day ago

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washed out
6 days ago

Beautiful trail and views. Gets very loose and slick near the very top, due to the trail being steep crushed granite. Parking can be difficult to locate for this trail.

Nice trail narrow paths. Family loved it. Dog friendly as well

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rocky
6 days ago

Wow. For someone who has only done moderate 3 mile trails, this one kicked my butt. It’s a steep incline up and gets harder to breathe (if you’re not used to the altitude) the further up you get but the incline doesn’t stop either. We turned back early because of a big storm coming in, but I’m excited to go back and do it again. What a challenge!

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no shade
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Trail is better for the runners than the hikers. But the area is still beautiful for sure. The incline stairs was a great challenge All the parking is paid parking.

ohv/off road driving
9 days ago

Great trail. I did it in a JKU Rubicon, 3 inch lift and 35s but I saw plenty of stock 4runners and Tacoma’s make it to the top. Overall trail is easy with only one rocky spot towards the top that I would rate as moderate. Overall, Beautiful trail. Any midsize vehicle with 4 low can make it. Great camping as well.

hiking
9 days ago

Fun trail, we took our large dog and it was a bit tight in a few spots. Lots of bikes passing by too. We went at sunset and the views were great but nothing to die for. Good casual trail with lots of shade.

Left trailhead at 530am got back to trail head at 6pm. Ball buster

hiking
12 days ago

Short trail with really nice views at the top. Great to see the incline, pikes peak, and garden of the gods all from the top.

Great trail. Made the summit with my son it was our first 14’er. Make sure you take some time to acclimate to the elevation change it was definitely a challenge but well worth the hike! The view from the top is incredible. We camped a few miles down after the summit and the wind and rain made for a prayer filled night. Overall a great experience we’ll not soon forget.

Snowpack is very minimal, only a handful of small patches between treeline and the summit. There were some patches of black ice that can sneak up on you, but as long as you keep an eye out for them they aren't a serious issue. As for the summit, the trail is blocked by construction with a long detour to get to the official sign. Hypothetically, as long as there is no active work being done, it is very easy to walk around the fence, cut through the construction site, and snap a couple quick photos.

Did the round trip yesterday. Alltrails listed 21.3 miles is definitely short. My GPS came in at over 24 round trip. Trail markers also show it’s over the 21.3. Trail itself is awesome. Beautiful views throughout. 5 or 6 short snowy spots left, but they were packy snow that could easily be walked through for the 50-100’ feet a piece. One spot was pretty snowy and a bit mushy while on the boulder field at mile 9+, so I scrambled about 40 feet upwards to skip the snow and hit the next switchback. No traction spikes necessary at any point of the hike. Barr camp itself is closed, but there’s a stream running alongside it you can use to refill water provided you bring a means to purify it. Summit house/shop is also closed. This actually sucked, because the construction blocked off access to the Pikes Peak Summit sign unless you take a pretty decent length detour to get there. After 12 miles I wasn’t in the mood to add any more miles, so I skipped that particular photo op. Wish they’d position a temporary summit sign that’s accessible even with the construction.

Fun hike! I would call it easy, not moderate, unless you're just considering distance. Great views of the Peak, mountains to the west and the city. Was happy to be up there after looking at it for my whole life! Lots of offroad vehicles but most are very courteous.

This hike was perfect. I went counterclockwise, which I realized was definitely the more difficult way! Regardless, this trail was great and the views were beautiful. Dogs loved it, there’s a small parking lot, saw several mountain bikers and a few other hikers.

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rocky
15 days ago

Very rough trail, loose rocks.

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no shade
17 days ago

Hiked this, but could’ve driven my truck on it. Would be a good off-road Trail and tons of camping spots. Absolutely worth the view to go all the way to MT Baldy. As previously mentioned, the reservoir is empty. Bring lots of sunscreen, as there is not much shade at all.

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private property
rocky
19 days ago

Great hike yesterday. Weather was perfect! Fun challenging hike with great views. Can’t wait for the incline to be open again. It was a tease being so close at the 1800 step mark. I’ll see you soon incline

Great trail! Only a handful of people. Great conditions.

We hiked the entire trail up to Mt Baldy. its an hour drive from downtown C Springs then it took us about 8 hours to the peak and back. We only ran into a couple hikers. Since it is an OHV trail most of the way, we did have about 10 or 12 off road vehicles pass. They all moved slow and respectfully around us and our pups. There was some snow near the top but nothing that we couldn't move around and a creek that we crossed on steppimg stones. Mt Baldy Reservoir is pretty much empty. My favorite part of the entire hike was the view of Pikes Peak from the top of Mt Baldy. We also spotted a bear. unfortunately, there is A LOT of trash near the trailhead and the bear was helping himself to it. I brought 1.5 L water and should've brought more. Also, once you get above treeline, it is COLD and my small jacket wasn't enough. I would suggest bringing cloves and a winter hat. we were able to utilize the round metal shelter to escape the wind and have a snack. My preference is to hike in less established trails but this was still well worth it.

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rocky
scramble
snow
23 days ago

PACK IT OUT. Overall great day... we did the out and back which added up closer to 25 mi. The trail is dry enough now that you don’t require micro-spikes. Some of the snowfields at the top could be prone to slide a bit later in the month so consider an alpine axe. The summit house is closed. Barr Camp is closed (water source still available). A ridiculous amount of trash and clothing that had been left behind (including debris from summit house construction). Picked up all that we could but PLEASE pack it out and pick up any trash that you see.

We were the only ones on the trail this morning. The views of Manitou were beautiful!!

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icy
27 days ago

We left the trailhead at the cog rail depot a little before 5:15 and reached the summit around 10:30. After a quick lunch we got back to the trailhead around 3. Trail is great up through barr camp. Past Barr camp and before the tree line it gets a little snowy and icy but most of that is in the shade and still hard so it’s not an issue. Past the tree line there are larger snow fields that get quite mushy past 10am. We had no problem getting up but coming down I postholed a few times, which was not particularly pleasant. Past the 16 golden stairs it gets quite icy and the trail can be obscured in some places so proceed with caution here. Also Barr camp is closed, there is no water access or bathrooms. We carried about 3 liters of water each and that was fine for the hike. Overall great hike!

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rocky
29 days ago

Very easy hike to quick rewards.

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