vehicles are prohibited. This is a popular horse trail (please respect other
The first mile is nearly level, leading north out of Woodland Park along the edge of the timber. Then it crosses a stream and forks where a sign describes the loop ahead as being 3 3/4 miles. If you turn right the trail travels upstream along a narrow meadow for about 1.5 miles. It then climbs to the top of a ridge and loops back to the west along the ridge. This section of the trail offers spectacular views of Pikes Peak and Ute Pass. The descent from this ridge is the steepest section. Turn right at the fork and you are on your way back.
Many side trails make this route difficult to follow. Brown plastic markers with white diamonds mark the most direct route. If you keep those in sight this is an easy 5.5 miles.
Beginning Elev.: Trailhead 8,600 ft
End Elevation: Trailhead 8,600 ft
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: None
WEATHER: Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs.
Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer.
CAMPING: Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along the trail. Camping
is recommended 300' from any trail or stream. Campfire permits are not
required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Use
no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies.
Respect other trail users.
DRINKING WATER: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams
should be treated before use. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate
Directions: From Colorado Springs, Drive 18 miles west on Highway 24 to Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin Avenue at the traffic light immediately east of the McDonald's. Continue driving straight on this road. It becomes Rampart Range Road within a mile. The trailhead is north of Woodland Park on Rampart Range Road, next to the City Road Maintenance Building.
Elevation: 8,600 feet
Ending Elevation: 8,600 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
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