Hiking in Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Garden of the Gods Loop
Garden of the Gods Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (4.6 miles away)
 
Easy: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Views From the Perimeter of the Garden

The Garden of the God’s really deserves more than one guide. This one takes you on a walk around the main section of the formations that constitute the Garden of the Gods as most people experience it. Three primary trails connect to form a 4 mile loop: The Palmer Trail begins on the north side of the main parking area, heading west and then south....
Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks
Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks
Divide, Colorado, United States (17.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.6 miles, Half day
Hiking on the back side of Pikes Peak

I did part of this hike at the end of April. I didn't know then that despite the snowmelt in most of the area (Colorado Springs, Woodland Park & Divide), this trail runs along the north face of one ridge and the south face of another. So the snow was still quite deep. So with no snowshoes, the only one who enjoyed that trek was the dog. Drive west...
Red Rock Canyon Trails
Red Rock Canyon Trails
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (3.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Wandering among the Seedlings of the Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is world famous, but two miles south of the Garden “Red Rock Canyon Open Space” invites hikers to enjoy the same geological strata in a much less “Victorian” setting. The land now included in the “Open Space” has been in use for at least 9,000 years, where because of its proximity to Fountain Creek early American settlers...
Columbine Trail
Columbine Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (3.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
Enjoying the Bold Beauty of Cheyenne Canyon

North Cheyenne Creek slices through Cheyenne Canyon, bordered on the north by Mays Peak and Mount Buckhorn, and on the south by Mount Cutler and Muscoco Mountain. Columbine Trail traces the cut of the creek from the canyon’s mouth in southwestern Colorado Springs, west about four miles to its terminus at Helen Hunt Falls. With the lower trailhead...
Palmer Park -- Templeton Trail
Palmer Park -- Templeton Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (4.1 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Challenging Inner City Wilderness Loop

Palmer Park is one of the largest park/open spaces in the city of Colorado Springs. It contains excellent facilities: dog park, horse stable, riding trails, picnic areas, and for our purposes, hiking trails. My favorite is the four mile loop that circumnavigates the top of the mesa in the center of the park. The Templeton Trail begins and ends at the...
Mount Cutler
Mount Cutler
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (4.6 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
An easy hike on the South Side of Cheyenne Canyon

Here is a leisurely family hike you can do in a morning or afternoon. The hike is only 2 miles in length. Mt Cutler — named after Henry Cutler, one of General Palmer’s friends and a supporter of Colorado College — rises above Cheyenne Creek about half way up the Cheyenne Canyon, on the south side. The trailhead is well marked and has ample parking....
Helen Hunt Falls
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (5.3 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.8 miles, 1 hour or less
An easy hike on the South Side of Cheyenne Canyon

Helen Hunt Falls — named after Helen Hunt Jackson, author and social activist in the late 19th century — marks the abrupt descent of Cheyenne Creek where North Cheyenne Canyon Rd merges with Gold Camp Rd. The hike takes you up beside the face of the falls, then back around to another creek and a promontory from which you can view the entire valley.
Spring Canyon Trail Complex
Spring Canyon Trail Complex
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (4.4 miles away)
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Round-About Walk-Abouts

In the southwest corner of the Garden of the Gods park you’ll find a small, almost hidden trailhead. The interlocking trails from this location offer an easy 2.5 mile meander through the rock strewn lower reaches of the Front Range. Because of the segmented nature of this trail complex, you can do any portion of it as a discrete hike; or you can recombine...
Williams Canyon
Williams Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (5.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The Secret Treasure of Manitou Springs

I met a lady along the trail who was, like me, enjoying this hike for the very first time. Unlike me, who has only lived here a year, she was a 30-something native who’d “just never been up here before.” She seemed to regret having waited so long; I’m glad I didn’t. Williams Canyon is situated, fittingly enough, at the end of Cañon Ave. in...
Cap’n Jacks to Jones Park to Tuckaway Mtn Meadow
Cap’n Jacks to Jones Park to Tuckaway Mtn Meadow
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (4.8 miles away)
Moderate: 12.0 miles, Full day
Over the Mountain and Through Bear Creek’s Woods

Old Gold Camp Road leads to many of the hiking treasures of Colorado Springs. One of my favorites is the trek from High Rd via Cap’n Jacks trail, over the ridge between Mt Kineo and Mt Buckhorn, down through Jones Park, and up the Bear Creek run to the meadow below Tuckaway Mtn. Total elevation gain for this journey is about 2400 ft over a distance...
Waldo Canyon Loop
Waldo Canyon Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (7.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Hiking Across the Edges of the Sands of Time

The Waldo Canyon Loop hike is one of the most popular hikes in the Colorado Springs area. Accordingly, you’ll find a large parking area at the trailhead. Even with all the space available, you may have to park across the highway if you arrive later than the normal start time. I’ve hiked this three times and have found that many people arrive early...
Mt  Rosa Trail
Mt Rosa Trail
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (9.6 miles away)
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Half day
Following the Steps of the Pioneers (almost): Zebulon Pike & Rose Kingsley

The GPS file for this guide represents the hike. However, the drive to the trailhead is as important to your enjoyment of the adventure as the hike itself. So plan for a drive time of at least and hour from the time you exit I-25 (see directions below). I’d recommend even longer, especially if this is your first time using Old Stage & Gold Camp Roads....
Stanley Canyon
Stanley Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (11.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, Half day
Slicing Into the Front Range

Picture the “wall” of the side of a chocolate layer cake. Imagine making one knife cut down through that wall. Pull out your imaginary knife (so you won’t get hurt) and gaze into the slit you’ve created. Now transfer this image to the front range of the Rocky Mountains, behind the Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs. This is Stanley Canyon. Trail...
West Monument Creek Loop - Stanley Canyon
West Monument Creek Loop - Stanley Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (11.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 9.0 miles, Half day
Up, Down, and All Around, Behind USAFA

One of the easiest ways to experience many different pieces of terrain is to trek through a “loop hike.” This particular loop hike lives up to expectations. Behind the Air Force Academy is a 9300 ft tall, unnamed massif, flanked on the north by Eagle Peak and on the south by Blodgett Peak. The SC-WMC Loop trail takes you up the canyon on the north...
The Crags
The Crags
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (16.3 miles away)
 
Easy: 4.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Granite Spires Along Four Mile Creek -- Teller County CO

Sometimes granite erodes horizontally into monumental slabs resembling stacks of gigantic red pancakes (see my guide for Horsethief Falls & Pancake Rocks). Not too far away the same kind or rock erodes vertically into colossal collections of cusps, ready to take a bite out of any clouds that venture too close to the earth. A few miles south of Divide...
Maja Falls
Maja Falls
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (17.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
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...
Mt Herman
Mt Herman
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (17.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Monument Colorado's Topological Highpoint

Monument, CO, is about 10 miles north of Colorado Springs, straddling I-25 today as it straddled the Rio Grande Railroad when it was founded in 1872. As Pike’s Peak dominates the skyline west of Colorado Springs, Mt Herman rises majestically from the plain on which Monument rests. For those who like their mountains accessible and their hikes manageable,...
Raspberry Mountain
Raspberry Mountain
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, United States (17.8 miles away)
 
Easy: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
360 Degrees of Amazing!

The hike to the top of Raspberry Mountain is a pleasant six mile jaunt (round trip) through the Pike National Forest. The trail is wide and smooth, most of it shaded by tall dark Colorado Spruce. Sentinel Point and the northernmost of the Sibling Spires are visible occasionally about four miles to the south, whetting your appetite for the “Big View”...
Monument Creek Trail 715
Monument Creek Trail 715
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (17.5 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Pristine Back Country Jaunt

Monument Creek flows north through the Front Range, around the north side of Raspberry Mtn, and down into the town of Monument, where it turns south, paralleling I-25. Then it runs down through Colorado Springs, where it finally joins Fountain Creek on its way to become part of the Arkansas River on the south side of Pueblo, CO. This guide begins at...
Dome Rock Loop
Dome Rock Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (19.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 11.0 miles, Half day
Great hike in the Teller County wilderness, just west of Colorado Springs

Rising 800 ft above the 4 Mile Creek valley floor, Dome Rock is the quintessential Colorado destination. Adjacent to Meuller State Park, just south of Divide and north of Cripple Creek, you can hike here from mid-July to the end of November. This area is restricted because it is one of the few areas where Big Horn Sheep drop and nurture their lambs....
Beaver Creek Loop
Beaver Creek Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (21 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.3 miles, Half day
Wonderful Wilderness Close to Home

The Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area covers 40,000 acres of uninhabited, road-free wild country. According to the Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition, “bighorn sheep and elk find winter and summer range in Beaver Creek. Mule deer, black bear, mountain lion, beaver, golden and bald eagle, and ring-tailed cats and the threatened Mexican spotted...
Spruce Mountain Trail Loop
Spruce Mountain Trail Loop
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (23 miles away)
 
Easy: 5.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Colorado Butte With a Beautiful View

Just east of the Rampart Range section of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains the plains limestone buttes rise randomly across the plains. One of the largest of these rocky islands is Spruce Mountain, situated west of I-25 and north of the small town of Palmer Park, CO. Spruce Mtn. provides a delightful opportunity to enjoy views of Pikes Peak, Rampart...
Rainbow Gulch & Rampart Reservoir
Rainbow Gulch & Rampart Reservoir
Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, United States (14.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 16.0 miles, Half day
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...
Sentinel Point
Sentinel Point
Divide, Colorado, United States (17.0 miles away)
Difficult: 7.0 miles, Half day
Guarding the Western Approach to Pikes Peak

Sentinel Point stands out. I first saw it on the way up to the Dome Rock viewpoint about 4 miles farther west. It looked formidable then. I can tell you now, you will remember this hike. This 12,500 ft mountain received its name because it seems to stand as a guard to the west side of Pikes Peak. It is aptly named. The hike is not all that long, but...
Mt. Herman Loop
Mt. Herman Loop
Monument, Colorado, United States (18.3 miles away)
Moderate: 8.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Mt. Herman Rd. to Limbaugh Canyon via CO trail 715 to HZ trail to White Ghost trail

The Mt. Herman Loop can be done via mountain bike, distance run, or hiking. On the bike, it is not a ride for beginners and must be done clockwise. A KMZ file is available down on the right under "Other Resources" for Google Earth users and for export to other platforms. To get to the trailhead, take exit 161 and go West on 2nd St. Make a left on...
New Santa Fe Regional Trail
New Santa Fe Regional Trail
Palmer Lake, Colorado, United States (21 miles away)
Easy: 14.5 miles, Full day
Starting in Monument, CO this trail passes through the Air Force Academy grounds and connects with Pikes Peak Greenway.

A fairly short drive from Denver brings you to the town of Palmer Lake which was named after General William Jackson Palmer. General Palmer was a man who seemed to accomplish more in one year than most people do in a lifetime. His early interest in railroading led him to a successful career in that field. While still quite young, he was sent to Great...
Castlewood Canyon
Castlewood Canyon
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States (35 miles away)
Easy: 6.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Where Denver’s Cherry Creek Ran Wild

The headwaters of Cherry Creek lie in the low hill country about 35 miles south of Denver. The creek is an important source of water for the farms and ranches between Castlerock and Denver, and eventually flows into the Cherry Creek Reservoir on Denver’s east side. One hundred twenty years ago, in 1890, local farmers arranged to have a dam built across...
Paradise Cove Swimming Hole
Paradise Cove Swimming Hole
Cripple Creek, Colorado, United States (28 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.0 miles, Half day
A Granite Walled Swimming Hole Perfect For Cliff Jumping

Paradise Cove (also known as Guffey Cove) is a hidden little swimming hole near Cripple Creek. The cove is a short, but sometimes steep 1/2 mile (one way) hike. You will be rewarded for your modest effort with an afternoon of fun, and a whole lot of good stories to tell your friends. The cove itself is a small but deep pool, fed by a small waterfall....
Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Devil's Head Fire Lookout
Sedalia, Colorado, United States (34 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A "must do" hike to the area's only working fire lookout

Devils head is a distinct granite rock outcropping in the front range west of Castle Rock. The outcropping is clearly visible from Castle Rock to Woodland Park. The outcropping is also home to the only fire lookout, in Colorado, that is staffed by the National Forest Service. This grants it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It should...
Mitchell Creek Canyon
Mitchell Creek Canyon
Founders Village, Colorado, United States (37 miles away)
 
A Castle Rock Classic

This 1.5 mile trail is a great example of the ecology and geography of the Castle Rock area. It offers much of the same experience as the nearby castlewood canyon with out the crowds. This trail is fun and there is beauty to be found here, however, I wouldn't drive more than 30 minutes to visit this trail. The trail climbs to the western rim of the...
Indian Creek and Stevens Gulch Loop
Indian Creek and Stevens Gulch Loop
Sedalia, Colorado, United States (40 miles away)
Moderate: 9.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Indian Creek & Stevens Gulch Loop from Highway 67 West of Sedalia.

The Indian Creek (trail 800) to Stevens Gulch Loop can be done via mountain bike, distance run, or hiking. On the bike, it is not a ride for beginners and is best clockwise. A KMZ file is available down on the right under "Other Resources" for Google Earth users and for export to other platforms. To get to the trailhead, take Highway 85 to Sedalia...