Explore the most popular hiking 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.

easy fun day hike for our family of six..met lots of nice folks with dogs along the way.

Hiked this in early December. The trail has packed snow in most places (popular trail!). Beautiful, quiet hike to enjoy the winter scenery and the river.

hiking
9 days ago

Getting snow-packed in shady areas, with occasional ice. I didn’t need microspikes.....which is good since I didn’t have them with me.

Not at all crowded this morning. My dog and I saw seven people and nine dogs.....all friendly.

hiking
15 days ago

Varying views and terrain. Great hike to take your four legged companion

off road driving
16 days ago

It’s been a couple months since we visited this trail and I am just now getting around to writing a review.

Much of this trail is now closed and what remains is now uneventful. In an almost stock 1995 Jeep YJ, only a 2” lift, we were able to complete the trail without needing 4wd except for the few “play areas” that we found.

Like most of the Rampart Range area, it’s just not a great place for Jeeps and views are sporadic.

Good easy hike, easy to stay on trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Good easy hike, well marked.

hiking
20 days ago

Really enjoyed that this was a quiet trail- the downside is that most of the big views you are afforded are because of a power line that cuts through the landscape:/ Always a good day for a hike... but the quietness of this trail is probably the main reason I would have in coming back.

Decent trail but you have to hike 3/4 of a mile up the road to get to the trailhead and the lake at the end is full of people who just got in their car and drove there.

hiking
1 month 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

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
2 months 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.

We found it very difficult to find the trail and were almost attacked by a Rottweiler off leash. Do not recommend.

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

Easy walk, reservoir is very low, leaves are barely starting to change. Beautiful day!

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

3 months 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
3 months 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.

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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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