General Hiking Info & Suggested Guidelines – With the freedom that hiking, horse riding & mountain biking offer comes the responsibility to care for the environment and to respect the rights of others.  The complex ecological interrelationship in which our wildlands have existed for thousands of years can easily be upset or even destroyed by the careless recreationist.  If our wildlands are to exist for future generations to enjoy please adopt the backcountry ethic of “take only photographs & leave only footprints.”

  • Plan Ahead & Prepare

  • Travel & Camp on Surable Surfaces

  • Dispose of Waste Properly

  • Leave What You Find

  • Minimize Campfire Impacts

  • Respect Wildlife

  • Be Considerate of Other Vistors

Hiking Trails

Woodland Park Area

Catamount Falls Trail

moderate

Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m

The first half of this trail is mostly an incline but there are a few nice spots to enjoy the scenery on the way up. The second half of the hike flattens out except for the incline at the end up the dirt road. Catamount Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#2 - Rampart Reservoir via Rainbow Gulch Trail

easy(656)

Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m

Rampart Reservoir via Rainbow Gulch Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs

are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#3 - Lovell Gulch Trail

moderate(712)

Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 5 m

Keep an eye out for mule deer and little caves along the way, and the panoramic views from the top are fantastic!

​Lovell Gulch Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail

but must be kept on leash. Directions

#4 - Rampart Reservoir Trail

moderate(236)

Length: 13.2 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m

Rampart Reservoir Trail is a 13.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

Note: As of May 2020, the dam parking area is closed. Where the water is as blue as the Colorado sky! If you'd like a day at the lake in Central Colorado, this is the place to go. If you like to hike and/or to fish, this is the place to go. Rampart Reservoir rests on a granite plateau at 9000 ft of elevation, about 10 miles northwest of Colorado Springs and 4 miles east of Woodland Park. It is one of the favorite fishing, hiking, biking, and picnicking areas in the region. Reaching the trail around the reservoir from the Rainbow Gulch trailhead is the perfect way to add a beautiful stream-side trek and avoid the parking hassles at the dam end of the reservoir. The trail from the trailhead to the lake, around the lake, and back is approximately 16 miles long. You will not experience a significant elevation gain at any one point, but because the lake was formed where 12 different streams flowed into West Monument Creek, you will climb at least a dozen different ridges as you work your way around the lake.

#5 - Pikes Peak from Devils Playground

moderate(160)

Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m

Pikes Peak from Devils Playground is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Directions

There is a $15 fee to park at the trailhead. From the parking lot walk across the road back to the Northeast side and look for the hikers path that begins by paralleling the road. Do not hike on the road as you will be fined by the Pikes Peak Toll Road authorities that regularly patrol the road. The path will take a more direct route to the summit than the road. By hiking this path you will have the time to enjoy the views and the thin air. The last stretch of this hike goes up the steep pitch to the summit. Here you must be careful to look for cairns (rock stacks) so that you don't loose the trail. Once at the summit house enjoy some food from Colorado's highest restaurant before you begin your hike back to your car.

#6 - Mule Creek Trail

easy(278)

Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m

Mule Creek Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#7 - Red Rocks Trail

moderate(251)

Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m

Red Rocks Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Directions

Beautiful red sandstone rock formations in forested area. After going through the opening in the fence. Head for the path beneath the power lines and follow it South East until just before a short steep section. Look to your left and you will see the Red Rocks formations. There are many trails in, around, and over these rock formations so these directions are just general guidelines. Exploring the many alcoves and cracks of these formations can be a lot of fun. Walk around the South Eastern side of the Red Rocks and follow the line of formations until you either reach a fence or have gone as far as you would like. Then cross through the formations to their northern side and look for a trail that heads back to the parking lot. It is easy to get turned around in this area so remember that if you want to head back, go downhill. That will lead you back to the parking lot. This area is beautiful to look at and explore year round. The easy terrain makes it great for horses, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and biking.

#8 - Schubarth OHV Trail

moderate(154)

Length: 18.5 mi

Schubarth OHV Trail is a 18.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from April until September. Directons

Fun play area with views of Pikes Peak and Air Force Academy. Popular area close to Woodland Park and an easy drive from Colorado Springs. Trail is loop with network of legal side roads to explore. Narrow, twisty and fun. Lunch at fantastic overlook above Air Force Academy or dramatic rock outcrop. Great area for a weekend campout with lots of dispersed camping once inside forest boundary. Ride your unlicensed vehicle from your campsite inside forest boundary. First 2.5 miles crosses sensitive private land and USAF property. Pass through quietly and courteously to avoid conflicts with property owners. Located in Pike National Forest. For current conditions call Pikes Peak Ranger District (719) 636-1602 Roads undulate with banked turns and narrow spots. Marked side roads are steep in places with occasional rocky challenges.

#9 - Manitou Park Lake Trail

easy(49)

Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m

Manitou Park Lake Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#10 - Balanced Rock OHV Road

moderate(56)

Length: 15.2 mi

Balanced Rock OHV Road is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Directions

#11 - Illinois Gulch OHV Trail

hard(54)

Length: 3.1 mi

Illinois Gulch OHV Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from April until October.

Note: Trail gets more difficult during rainy weather. Directions

#12 - Signal Butte Trail

moderate(17)

Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 46 m

Signal Butte Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#13 - Red Rocks and Centennial Trail Loop

easy(39)

Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m

Red Rocks and Centennial Trail Loop is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Directions

Easy trail on gentle terrain along highway 67, good warm up snowshoe path From the parking lot go through the access gate on the South end of the parking lot. Follow it east on a paved path for a short distance. After about 50 yards there will be a trail on the left that is fairly well worn. Take this path. Along the way there are several little paths leading off to either side, but stay on the main path heading North. After about a mile into the trail it joins up with a forest service access road (barely used anymore). Follow this road to the gate that will lead you back to the paved path next to highway 67. This is Centennial trail. Turn left and head back South on Centennial trail until you reach the parking lot once again. This trail is not very exciting, but would provide a good trail to get used to snowshoeing, since you can easily bail out and get on Centennial trail at any time. It stays fairly close to highway 67 as well so there is always a bit of road noise. Fortunately Highway 67 isn't too busy of a highway yet.

#14 - Missouri Gulch OHV Route

Woodland Park, Colorado

moderate(47)

Length: 9.3 mi

Missouri Gulch OHV Route is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodland Park,

Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for off road

driving and is best used from April until October. Directions

#15 - Winding Stairs OHV Trail

moderate(11)

Length: 6.5 mi

Winding Stairs OHV Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping, mountain biking, and ohv/off road driving and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

#16 - Lovell Gulch to White Gulch Loop

moderate(39)

Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m

Lovell Gulch to White Gulch Loop is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that

features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching. Directions

#17 - Lowell Gulch Upper and Lower Ridge Trail

moderate(41)

Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m

Lowell Gulch Upper and Lower Ridge Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park,

Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best

used from April until September. Directions

#18 - Centennial Trail

easy(14)

Length: 14.7 mi • Est. 6 h 39 m

Centennial Trail is a 14.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado

that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best

used from May until October. Mostly flat nice trail alongside the road. Directions

#19 - Red Rocks Campground Loop

easy(23)

Length: 1.0 mi • Est. 28 m

Red Rocks Campground Loop is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. Directions

Easy loop through the forest North of Woodland Park From the parking lot go through the access gate on the South end of the parking lot. Follow it east on a paved path for a short distance. After about 50 yards there will be a trail on the left that is fairly well worn. Take this path. After heading north a short ways you will see a trail that drops off to the right into a small valley. Follow this trail. Just before this trail reaches private property, it turns back south and heads back towards the campground. Once you reach the road head into the campground, and find the West end of the campground loop where the paved trail you started out on ends. Follow the pavement back to the parking lot. A couple of alternative trails are marked on the map in Blue and Yellow. There are lots of nice little trails in this area to follow, but be careful to keep your bearings about you.

#20 - Cedar Mountain OHV Road

moderate(5)

Length: 18.1 mi

Cedar Mountain OHV Road is a 18.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving and is best used from May until

September. Directions

This trail is very easy and suitable for most passenger cars from the Metberry Gulch trailhead all the way to the south end. However,

the trail north and east of the Metberry Gulch trailhead is much rougher and suitable only for vehicles with higher clearance. 

#21 - Rule Ridge to Manchester OHV Trail

easy(4)

Length: 16.1 mi Limber Pine, Mule Deer, Mackinaw, and Ridge Trails Loop [CLOSED]

Rule Ridge to Manchester OHV Trail is a 16.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado

that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for ohv/off road driving. Directions

#22 - Limber Pine, Mule Deer, Mackinaw, and Ridge Trails Loop 

moderate(153)

Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m

Limber Pine, Mule Deer, Mackinaw, and Ridge Trails Loop is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

NOTE: Teller County closes the access gates to Catamount Reservoirs from October 1st to May 1st. Seasonal Hours - (Weather Permitting) May 1 (Opening Day) through Thursday before Memorial Day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday after Labor Day through Sept. 30 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Oct.1 through third Sunday of Oct. ( Closing Day) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM This combination of trails loops around the Catamount Reservoir. There are other trails on the western side of the reservoir if you'd like to modify the route.

#23 - Ring The Peak and Limber Pines Trail 

moderate(139)

Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m

NOTE: Teller County closes the access gates to Catamount Reservoirs from October 1st to May 1st. Seasonal Hours - (Weather Permitting) May 1 (Opening Day) through Thursday before Memorial Day 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day 7:30 AM – 7:00 PM Tuesday after Labor Day through Sept. 30 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM Oct.1 through third Sunday of Oct. ( Closing Day) 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

#1 - Horsethief Falls Trail

moderate(482)

Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m

Horsethief Falls Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions

This popular trail is great for the whole family, and a short drive from Colorado Springs. You'll head east through classic Colorado forest along a creek eventually reaching Horsethief Falls. The trail is easy until the end, where you climb up to the falls.

#2 - Pancake Rocks

moderate(200)

Length: 6.0 mi • Est. 3 h 33 m

Pancake Rocks is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a great forest

setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used f

rom March until October. Directions

#3 - Anne-Marie Falls

easy(71)

Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m

Anne-Marie Falls is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Directions

This trail starts at the very end of the Crags road. Park in the parking lot at the end. The falls may either be accessed via the ring the peak trail or following the old roads on the former private property. The trail goes up and over a small ridge and drops down into a valley on the other side. After three creek crossings the ring the peak trail begins to ascend again. There is a nice camp site between the first and second creek crossings. At the first right hand switchback leave the ring the peak trail and follow an old road bed. There is a forest service sign labeled 704. A short ways after leaving the trail you will reach the creek again at the base of the falls. If you want to explore higher the terrain on the far (climber's left) side of the falls is easier. The falls are quite a bit more interesting in the spring. In fall the flow is much lower but still worth the visit.

#4 - Horsethief to the Crags Trail

moderate(62)

Length: 9.0 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m

Horsethief to the Crags Trail is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Directions

Hidden Beauty Along "Ring the Peak" Trail This is a beautiful section of the "Ring the Peak" trail system. The distance from Horsethief Falls trailhead to Putney Gulch trailhead is 4 miles. You can begin at either end; both are easily accessible to cars. The Putney Gulch location is also used for camping, and there are several good camping spots along the trail if you want to do more than a four hour (eight mile) day hike. If you want to spend more time, there are several opportunities to explore off the main trail. But this is not the only spot that might capture your heart. You'll find beaver ponds, fields of flowers, mountain meadows, flowing streams, shady aspen groves and velvet floored fir forests. While you can hike out and back in a stress-free half day, you may want to plan for more time, so you can stop and enjoy the spots that capture your heart.

#5 - Almagre Peak Short Route

hard(50)

Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m

Almagre Peak Short Route is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. Directions

#6 - Sentinel Point via Horsethief to Devils Playground Trail

moderate(51)

Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m

Sentinel Point via Horsethief to Devils Playground Trail is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Directions

#7 - Pikes Peak From Elk Park Trailhead

hard(17)

Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 44 m

Pikes Peak From Elk Park Trailhead is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking. Directions

#8 - Pony Gulch Homestead

moderate(27)

Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h

Pony Gulch Homestead is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail. Directions

Starting off this trail is a bit tough to follow (look for the cairns), but eventually is a hike along some historic trails visiting several historic sites along the way.

#9 - Sentinel Point Loop

hard(11)

Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m

Sentinel Point Loop is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September. Directions

Sentinel Point is the highest peak in the Pikes Peak area (other than Pikes Peak).  There was no trail, and very steep.

#10 - Oil Creek Tunnel Trail

moderate(10)

Length: 4.4 mi 

Oil Creek Tunnel Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Directions