Explore the most popular views 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.

on Manitou Park Lake Trail

walking
9 days ago

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

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.

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!

My husband and I really liked this trail. Absolutely beautiful views and some good inclines to get the heart rate going. There were some great spots to stop and eat our lunch and just take it all in. We'll definitely do this one again.

I loved this hike. We parked at the Rainbow Trailhead and hiked to the Reservoir from there (which I highly recommend). We ended up not going the full way around Rampart Reservoir, but still worth it. No real steep inclines. Fairly easy hike both ways.

hiking
20 days ago

Love this trail. Today up past the road crossing about 2 miles in I came across a ton of turkey feathers across the trail, and a freshly ripped off wing. I’d guess a mountain lion got it, so be aware! Some lost looking wild turkey chicks were wandering about in the meadow beyond, I think the predator must have gotten their mom just shortly before I arrived (had dog and pepper spray along and didn’t see any other signs). In general this is a beautiful and fairly easy hike, but it was a reminder that wild nature still exists within a short drive from town.

Great views. Last 1,000 feet is a rock scramble at 13,000 feet. The last 1,000 is by far the most challenging part. Pay attention to the rock stacks they will guide you to the top. Donuts and coffee at Pikes Peak gift shop are super delicious! Extremely windy and it snowed on us July 28 . Dress in layers and bring gloves it’s cold up too!

Nice Trail keep your eyes on the trail markers pretty easy to lose the trail in several spots. Be prepared for weather. We hit a hail storm on the way back down took shelter in some rocks and trees. The hardest part is the hill to the trail head. You have to park at the bottom of the road and walk the dirt road. Interesting houses along the way though.

This is an easy hike, with a gradual descent toward the reservoir.

Take your time, bring the kids, and enjoy the stream that feeds the reservoir. The reservoir is low right now, but gives you a unique and interesting perspective.

Wonderful hike! My 3 year old made it up to the reservoir but coming back down was a little much. Other than that loved everything about it. Definitely be back!

Beautiful hike, easy peasy, fast-running stream, and fun for kids. Trail is easy to follow and low reservoir offers unique perspective. Enjoy!

Easy, wide trail and extremely easy to follow. Lots of places for great photos. It’s sad to see how low the reservoir is.
Road to get out there is very wash boarded, so it’s a rough ride, however, it’s a lovely drive.

Challenging but very rewarding. I didn’t know you can simply drive to the reservoir. Hiking on roads are not my favorite but did not regret this one.

Beautiful and mostly shaded!
I loved it. There were a few challenging spots for me, but overall a great hike and nothing I couldn’t handle.
The streams, waterfalls and meadow were absolutely stunning

Nice trail with a lot of good scenery. If it wasn’t for the significant portions of the trail on roads, I’d have rated it 5 stars.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the prettiest trails I've done in a long time. It's a very diverse trail in just 5 miles: lots of grassland and wildflowers, forest and small streams. I would rate this trail as "easy" vs. moderate, as it is more of a stroll than a hike. However, you get to see some pretty nice views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area. Not a lot of people on trail either, which is nice. Highly recommended for a quick hike!

We took the shuttle from the Devils Playground parking lot to the summit and back. It is a quick and easy for those who want to get to the summit quickly. There was construction at the summit right now. Other then that the views on the summit was beautiful. We experienced sunny, cloudy, windy and hail weather conditions all within an hour while we were up there so be prepared.

Beautiful views, first half is primarily switchbacks up a mountain and the 2nd half lands you in a gorgeous meadow before coming out to the reservoir. Truly captures the beauty that Colorado has to offer. GO DO THIS HIKE!

hiking
1 month ago

nice place to get out and close to town in woodland. nice rock features in the middle and nice view at the top but no real wow moments. mostly in the shade which is nice

Park at the bottom on the dirt pull off. Cross the road to get to the dirt road. This was honestly longer and more difficult than I expected just to get to the trailhead. Go through the fence, even if it looks like you shouldn’t. There is a waterfall on the left, and follow the blue dots on the trees. The first blue dot is directly past the waterfall above the trailhead sign. There is also a yellow dot on the same tree. Overall, very well marked. Once you get to the next fence, the road splits and you need to follow the right side! Take a snack to reward yourself by the reservoir.

Nice, easy trail to hike with kids.

One of my favs! Follow through to the Garden of Eden and you won’t be disappointed. We did run into a mama bear and her cubs in the creek through that section on June 26, so keep your pups leashed.

awesome trail

Much harder than moderate. I would definitely rate as difficult although we started at the bottom of the mountain and hiked to devils playground first so it was a long day.
For this stretch though the last 1/2 mile or so is just scrambling rocks so be prepared. Make sure to follow the cairns or else you’ll end up doing a lot of hand hiking.
Amazing experience for my first 14er but am definitely feeling it today.
I recommend started at the bottom for the full 14er experience and lots of wildflowers and killer views. Come prepared for cool and hot weather, bring snacks and sunscreen, and take an easy pace. It’s 14 miles altogether to come from the bottom.
Overall all... worth it!!

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike with some awesome views and rock formations. Dog friendly and they had a BLAST

My mom (72) and I did this hike on June 30. She did her first hike (ever) this past Wednesday. It’s my 3rd 14er. I agree that the first 2/3 of the hike is pretty easy. Nice trail, very well marked. Once you hit the rocks things get a bit more difficult. Follow the cairns and you can find a decent path but definitely scrambling near the end. My Garmin hiking app had the summit at exactly 3 miles from Devil’s Playground. We took the shuttle back down as it was very windy today and cold (about 47 degrees) at the summit. The views were spectacular.

hiking
1 month ago

Saw a mountain lion hiking this June 29, 2018. I must have startled it when I accidentally got off on a gaming trail and bushwhacked back to the main trail. No other hikers/bikers on the trail all afternoon. Quiet, half of the loop is shaded. Beautiful views particularly on the last half of the trip. Well kept - but some washout toward the last 1/5 of the loop.

My two friends and I took 9 children (ages 8 months to 13 years) on this trail. If your children are under 3, I would recommend a stroller or carrier of some kind. I would also recommend sunscreen. We did not make it all the way to the reservoir, but stopped just before it at an inlet that had a slower wading area where the kids had a blast. The water was cold, the rocks were fun to skip, and we stayed there about 45 min to an hour. The problems: trash. I always bring a trash bag with me and by the end of our time there, I had collected a bunch of fishing line and broken glass. ☹️ It wasn't enough for me to worry about my kids playing in the water, but I would highly recommend everyone keeps their sandals or water shoes on while wading. Overall, this was a fun way to spend 3-4 hours and my kids fell asleep within 5 minutes of our trip home. We will be back!

We took an unplanned detour off the highway to take the hike, mistake! hint - prepare, know the route, and don't rely on your smartphone's navigation app to get in and out. We didn't realize how far in it was. Actually, we passed it by and never found the trailhead. There is no sign for the trailhead, at least not off SRR 362 that we could find. Warning - FSR 362 is remote and we lost our connection Google Maps. It was no problem getting there, but there are a few forks in the road on the teturn trip and we git lost for 2 hours until a we ran into a nice guy 100 miles from nowhere who was there to do mining. With instructions where not to turn we made it out safe, running on fumes. When I got home I checked GPS from a photo and realized thay we had at one point made it to the trail but didn't know it since it wasn't posted. Maybe we missed the trailhead sign. If someone has a photo please post it. Perhaps it can spare others.

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