Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

Amazing views! I was hunting 511 and wanted to gain some elevation. The views from the top are incredible. It is one of the tallest points in the valley so once your up you can see for miles. It’s very easy so id make sure you’ve got something else planned in the area

off road driving
4 days ago

had a blast. came in from the southern hwy 67 north entrance. up lil moab and out. 2002 escape. 3" lift 32" mt. 20 psi

Trail is closed during the winter. Didn’t know til I tried today 10/14/18. I have to pick a star so I chose 3 but I really don’t know. I just wanted to tell peeps this place is closed.

hiking
18 days ago

9-29-2018:
Pluses - Some fall color, no idea if it's peak or past, seemed mixed depending on the area. Not crowded. Well marked. Well maintained trails. Dedicated parking lot. Some good views.
Minuses - Power lines. Road. Generally not far enough from civilization. A motorcycle passed us on the trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful Hike, I started at Rainbow Trailhead and hiked too and around the reservoir in the counterclockwise direction. Lots of aspens changing colors for the fall! (29 Sep 2018) I started at sunrise and didn't run into anyone for the 1st several hours of the hike. The reservoir was very low, but, the hike is still very enjoyable and not very difficult, aside from the distance.

19 days ago

good fun trail good for beginners if you stick to the trail some of the side areas are a little bit tricky had a whole lot of fun great for fall colors definitely will be going back

Mercedes ML500
32'tire
no lift
no locker
Sway bat on

hiking
24 days ago

Enjoyed the trail overall. The first mile or so was a little boring and the Aspens near the trailhead were mostly all green (9-23-18). The entire trail had a bunch of Aspens and it wasn’t until about the halfway point that we started seeing color. The hike was pretty easy - only a few parts with a decent incline. It took my wife, 4 year old and I about 3 hours to complete the loop with lots of stopping for pictures and lunch. I’m not a trail runner but this would be a nice trail for that. The only major bummer about the trail was following the power lines, but that was expected. Really enjoyed seeing views of Pikes Peak for the majority of the hike.

hiking
25 days ago

Small parking lot/trailhead was tucked behind some houses. Turn L into the parking lot with a city maintenance building (looks like a fire station) and the trailhead is just beyond it. Trail was nice and pretty well marked. Some beautiful views and the aspen trees were turning (some full yellow, others almost there). There were some steep climbs but they leveled off and most of the 5 miles was a pleasant level hike (we went clockwise) There is cell coverage so we were able to check the AllTrails app about 1/2 way through the hike to make sure we were on the right track.

We actually did this in reverse because we didn’t want to wait for the shuttle bus. Husband, 10 year old and me. My ankles are crap and this was a spur of the moment hike, no poles, Nike’s, one bottle of water. It took us about 90 minutes to get down. The top is all rocks, no real trail. A biker on top told us to follow the cairns down and that’s what we did.
It’s a beautiful hike, but the summit part is a challenge for newbie hikers and those with bad ankles!

Great Trail winding up and down along the creek with cool waterfall. It's easy to lose the trail when you have to cross the creek. The yellow marker is easy to see after you cross the creek.

This was a fun yet very challenging hike! It says moderate but the hilly roads you have to climb just to get to the trailhead and then to the reservoir make it difficult. The meadow along the creek is beautiful once you climb the switchbacks. It seems like the never ending hike but we pushed ourselves with the encouragement of other hikers making their way back! Because we hadn’t anticipated such a long hike we didn’t get to enjoy the reservoir that much and would much rather drive to enjoy it next time. It took us 2+ hours, so be prepared!

hiking
1 month ago

very nice trail. some great views and the aspens are beautiful. In a few days they will be glowing!!

1 month ago

On the way back, I’d recommend staying on the trail rather than getting on the Centennial Trail as there’s a nice stretch through young aspen.
Long Gulch is a gentle trail, in pines and/or aspen most of the way. The traffic on 67 repeatedly pulls a person out of a trail trance. That’s the price for a trail that is this accessible.
To paraphrase legendary Gazette sports copy editor Ray Evans: It’s the type of trail people who like this type of trail would like.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail that takes you over 1,500 ft where you can look out over 24-West. Once you reach the top, you can descend from the large rocks via the southwest side and follow a trail along a small creek that feeds a waterfall. The trail will take you along some great flowers and scenic mountains to the west. However, make sure you follow the trail out that you came in. I took a trail connected to the Catamount but it turned out to be treacherous, which caused me to walk through part of a waterfall to get to better ground. Stick to the marked trails and you won’t be disappointed.

off road driving
1 month ago

The beginning is just a dirt road, but when you get to the fun stuff, it is amazing. Nice tight turns. I did not turn around at the end, I kept going following trail to meet up with 67 in a different place. Loved it!

Some of the trail takes you on more “road” like conditions but overall it was an absolutely beautiful hike with great views of pikes peak and multiple reservoirs.

amazing hike!

So beautiful!!!

Note that the beginning is reached by starting at The Crags Trail trailhead. and the last section is a scramble/bouldering area, not actual hiking. Probably around 1000 feet. the most challenging section if you are not accustomed to high altitudes will probably be the zig-zag section right as you clear the tree line. Spectacular views and some challenging inclines along the way. Bring plenty of water and plan for or around the afternoon storms and you're golden. Also, watch for the rock stacks on the last section. they'll guide you up for the most part

walking
1 month ago

We came in the morning and it was a little overcast and it was perfect in my opinion. Beautiful views and fun for my 3 year olds. It’s not a super large area, but it was relaxing and easy.

Good hike. No big “wow” factors, but a good hike to get away from city life and enjoy some fresh mountain air. Few good views of pikes peak. Little slippery going down hill on the gravel/rocks but not too bad. Trail is marked well along the whole trail. Definitely a horse trail...

hiking
1 month ago

Did this trail with my wife and (adult) daughter on September 1, 2018 and overall it's a fun trail. We clocked it a 6.3 miles on both phones. Note that while there is water on the trail, calling it a creek is an somewhat of an exaggeration. It's mostly stagnant and is running very slightly at the beginning of the fork.

Setting Perspective: I am a 50 y/o male weighing 300 lbs. I would say if you go counter-clockwise this trail is an easy moderate. If you go clockwise it is a moderate. I say this because if going clockwise the last portion of the trail is much steeper than the beginning portion. If going counter-clockwise you will be on forest service road most of the way up and it is a very gradual climb. The the last let that runs east to west is mostly level or down hill.

The description here is going counterclockwise. See my picture for more info on the three main items I am going to write about. Starting at the trailhead walk a short steep couple of switchbacks up to the "loop". I saw a large sign with another map just before the loop. I went through a fence opening and saw 2 markers for Ring the Peak. I turned right to head southeast (counter-clockwise) and the trail was a bit level at first and then descending downward to the reservoir. Looking up you see the portion of Pikes Peak that is the saddle of Devil's Playground. Look close and you may see reflections of car windows driving up Pikes Peak Highway. I continued on and the trail t-boned into a forest service road. This is item 1 circled in my picture. Turn left, Northeast, and stay on the forest road. Walk the road which has very little shade on around to what I have circled as number 2 in my picture. At number 2 keep a very sharp eye out to the left this where the trail cuts back into the woods. There are a few signs there, on the left, about Limber Pine. This where I cut back into the shade of the trees. There is brief slightly uphill grade here but after that "it's all downhill from there". Finally the number 3 circle is where there is an actual structured gap in the barbed-wire fence line. If you need to get to the parking lot a little quicker this buts right up to Edlow Road and the parking lot is just a quick jaunt away. Beware of traffic on this 2 lane road.

Overall a very pleasant trail that got my big boy heart rate up when traversing the forest service road. The Forest service road is level along the water but after making that left turn and heading back Northwest it was uphill from there, the grade was gradual but there was little shade for us as we hiked around noon time.

Enjoy the hike.

Amazing trails, definitely one of my favorite places to go. The fishing there is great with an assortment of trout in the lake. Definitely one of the prettiest places I’ve ever gone to. If you plan on going to the reservoirs make sure you let them know at the front gate of the highway so you are not charged for a full trip.

Not a bad trail, starts off kind of boring as stated previously

on Manitou Park Lake Trail

walking
2 months ago

Kid friendly, easy walk. Not really worth paying $7 to park at the lake

hiking
2 months ago

I don’t really see the appeal of this trail. The dirt road walk to the trailhead is just not worth it. It’s a lot of climbing to only get a short walk through a meadow and then you have to share a road with cars only to arrive at an underwhelming reservoir you could have just driven to. There are so many beautiful hikes in Colorado! Is avoid this one again.

A very nice trail and when I went I didn’t see another soul. The only reason it was not as much fun as other hikes I go on is the fact that my pup can’t enjoy the water since it is a reservoir.

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful hike. Trail head is hidden, but it’s there! Follow the directions on this app to the trail head. This trail goes up and down the entire way. (Intense if you are carrying weight like a toddler) You cross a Main Street which is random.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Very beautiful. it was a little hard to find the right path to the trailhead, but once we found it it was great from there. Most of it is shaded. Lots of little streams and waterfalls. Just be sure to bring lots of water!

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