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

trail running
8 days ago

Gorgeous views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area! I started/ended at Rainbow gulch and my app said I completed 15.73 miles. Relatively flat run for the area but my feet were smoked! I will be completing this run many times in the future!

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful! I started the trail on the other side of the dam for enormous views of Pikes Peak. Side trails take you to the water. Tons of huge rocks on the beach for climbing. The water is so pristine and bright blue/green. Most of the forest on the other side of the lake was burned. I definitely recommend starting this trail from the dam.

hiking
10 days ago

I expected more based on other reviews. It’s an ok trail with some nice parts - the trail is clearly marked and easy to traverse. But beyond that the loop to the left is largely a steady incline for 2 miles that moves along - or near - a power line; it’s not as busy as the other portion of the trail, and I didn’t see one person the first 2.5 miles.

The loop to the right has a nice grove of aspens and is an easy stroll with some stream views but is much busier with mountain bikers and hikers - it has that “I expect to see plenty of people” feel to it. The trailhead to the beginning of the loop has dog poo scattered here and there, which is sadly the case with most trails.

This is a cool area to explore, most especially around the rock formations. I would rate it as "easy" as I found nothing moderate in difficulty anywhere in the area. It is a good place to explore with family and friends that may not need anything remotely difficult or lengthy. I take my 3 year old there to explore and get her used to "hiking."

Did the full 16 mile loop from rainbow gulch. Very little elevation gain but definitely tough on the feet. Hadn't planned on doing the whole loop but it was well worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

Gentle climb rewarded with beautiful views of Pikes Peak and South Park on the way down. Great trail for running and well marked.

The rock formations are cool but after you see that (which is pretty early on) it’s a rather boring hike. There are so many better hikes in CO!

on Red Rocks Trail

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked Mule Creek on the other side of 67 and wanted some additional mileage. For Mule Creek, I had parked on the left immediately after crossing the cattle gate on 342 (there is a nice single track trail leading to Mule Creek from there). So, I only need to walk across 67 once I had returned from Mule Creek. I picked up the trail on the right side of the dirt road (where there is parking for maybe 3 cars) and followed that. I took a trail that headed uphill for a short bit to a ridge. Following that I had great views of the rock formations (beautiful!). I continued, staying on the trail rather than exploring the formations. Pass the power lines, there were some smaller rock formations. They had these sweet, comical rock "faces" that had me laughing. I then headed down to the bigger formations, finding a nice place to relax. It was cold today and not many people, but I was thinking it would be a great place to sit and relax for inspiration on a sunny, warm day. It's just so peaceful! I returned the same way I came -- but I will be back to explore more!

Nice trail. Contrary to previous post, bikers should be respectful of hikers, not the other way around. According to forest service rules, Bikes yield to both Hikers and and Horseback riders. This is especially important due to hills and blind curves where bikes could collide with hikers and Horseback riders with disastrous results for all.

Great trail to take your friends or family who are visiting the area. Such a rare find! Love this place.

Very cool rock formations. Doesn’t really need a well- defined trail. Easy to find from two parking areas.

Not many views, but a nice trip.

hiking
1 month ago

It's OK.

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice trail for novice hikers. Went clockwise to tackle the incline first, wooded with a few really nice views. After walking to the loop, the next couple miles were not easy due to rise in elevation, but not technical; lots of trail to work with. The descent was absolutely beautiful; really enjoyed the massive boulders, the woods closed in around you.

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike. Snowed a few inches the night before which actually might have been a good thing, as it was pretty icy in some spots. We went clockwise and the 2nd half was really nice in the woods.

trail running
2 months ago

Mostly flat nice trail. Good views but it is along a fairly busy road. We only did the first 4 starting in Woodland Park. I think itget more secluded the further you go.

I was not initially planning on doing the entire loop but ended up being able to! App says distance is 13.1 miles but my GPS said 14.6 by the time I was actually finished. Not any significant elevation gains or technical areas but the trail was not marked at all. Went clockwise and didn't see a trail marker until close to the dam. Popular trail but people weed out the further in you go. I am a novice hiker and would recommend a partner just due to the distance and seclusion.

hiking
2 months ago

Great place, easy to get to, pretty easy hike over rolling hills without any big climbs. Trails aren't marked at all, aren't well-defined, and there's a lot of social trails around the rocks that can get you turned around so use the app/GPS. Weather was nice that Saturday so there were a lot of families out with kids, dogs, bikes, and horses.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on 2/17/18. Open spots on the trail were dry, shaded spots were snowy. Icy near the stream and a couple of places along the trail. Crampons/micros recommended but not absolutely needed. Beautiful trail with amazing views!

trail running
3 months ago

I usually run 2 miles in then turn around and head back the way I came. the loop is a bit too much for me now. It gets very steep towards that two mile mark. The views are amazing! I usually see one or two people. Most of the trail was clear and dry except for a very short section on the back side of the hill. This trail is really good for those looking to increase muscle and stamina. Road running will be a breeze after training here for a couple weeks!

Trail isn’t vet defined but great area for climbing around on the boulders: kids, teens, adults, and dogs can all enjoy. Never run into more than 2 other groups. Does back up to private property, mind the fences.

Gets busy on the weekends but such a great bike trail for both new and experienced mountain bikers. Not very dog friendly near the damn (dogs must be leashed) but once you get out no one on the trail cares as long as your dogs are under control.

Great place to mountain bike, hike, run, or let dogs run. If on foot, please be respectful to bikers. Dogs can be off leash if they respond to verbal commands. Sometimes busy after school/work and on weekends when the weather is nice. Tons of old trails still accessible, making this loop extend even further.

hiking
4 months ago

1/1/2018 Such a great place to hike. If you’re up in the Woodlands Park area definitely worth it. Took my 10yr old son and dog with no difficulties, we went on a Monday and only ran into maybe a half dozen people.
Update:
1/8/2018 Went again today did the whole loop, totally worth it. It’s 5.5 miles from where you park and back. Go left at the start of the loop if you want to get the hard stuff out of the way. Did not see a single person this time. Can’t wait to see this place in the spring.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful rock formations that kids love exploring.

Rated moderate largely for distance I’m thinking? It was long, but really beautiful and varied landscapes.

hiking
4 months ago

This is currently our favorite hike to do as a family. Has rocks and cave like areas that our 5yo loves to explore. There are several areas from rock trails to wooded trails. It's never full of people.

The driveway in/out can be intimidating, so go slow.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty hike. Entrance can be hard to find (right in front of infrastructure building.

Hike is pretty easy, we took our 5 year old. Looks like there are some areas to go off trail that could be harder.

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike - really enjoy the Red Rock formations surrounded by trees. Fantastically beautiful. Easy to get to for a relaxed hike, not difficult.

Haven’t done the Red Rocks Trail yet, but considering it. As I was looking at the photos, including the cover photo, it appears to be Pancake Rocks, which is in Divide/Midland. I just hiked Pancakes Rocks yesterday, and took a similar photo. While I’m sure unintentional, it’s deceiving to those who may want to hike Red Rocks in Woodland Park.

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