Explore the most popular walking 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
8 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!

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
19 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.

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!

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.

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!

Me and my wife both did this on Friday. Great little hike for beginners. Not difficult to follow or climb. I’ve done several 14ners. This was my wife’s first. She loved it! She’s already checking when our next vacation will be so we can see what other one we can do! We did get caught in a quick lightning and hail storm and had to hide out in a rock hole for about 20min near the top in the boulders. Little scary but it quickly passed. Very pretty hike!!

hiking
1 month ago

I love this trail. Bring plenty of water! I screwed up the first time and didn’t. I was well prepared this time.

The stream the whole way up is great. From the parking lot to the trail head is about .8 miles. From the trail head to the top is about a mile and a half and you’ll hit right at 1k foot elevation gain. After that it is pretty mellow trail. I went 7 miles this last weekend to the south reservoir and back.

My ACD and mini American Eskimo loved it. The American Eskimo was a trooper but struggled keeping up on the way back.

First time up to Rampart and it wont be my last! Started from Rainbow Gulch and walked clockwise. The trail was easy to follow but it did get pretty tight in some spots. There is a good bit of shade overall but some areas are full sun. The parking lot at the dam gets very hot, if hiking with dogs and crossing the dam keep an eye on their feet. Take lots of water and snacks and enjoy the beautiful views!

Arrived at Devils Playground around 10:30am. Since there is construction at the summit right now they are running a shuttle service from Devils Playground parking lot to the summit and back. We were able to hike to the summit and take the shuttle back down to our vehicle at mile 16 parking lot. First two thirds of the trail is pretty easy. It follows the road for the most part and has some pretty good views to the valley below. The toughest part of the hike seemed to be the incline right before the boulder scramble, which provided a pretty good burn on a steep incline. The rock scramble at the end was fun, more mentally challenging than physically. Most of the cairns were easily visible, however a few were quite small and took a minute for us to find the right way to go. Overall easy path to follow and great for first timers and those who want to get to the summit quickly. Took my wife and I just over an hour and a half of hiking (excluding some water/snack breaks) and we are from much lower altitude (south carolina).

This hike is amazingly beautiful. The route is a little hard to follow. Park at the bottom of the road near the stream and walk about a mile up a dirt road until you get to the water plant. it looks like nothing and as if you're not supposed to enter. But once you do you'll see a waterfall on the left and then a few trails. follow the blue dots for the reservor. once you loose the dots you come to a road and its very confusing but stay to the right and follow the road up then across the street you'll arrive at the reservoir. beautiful views and waterfalls!

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