601 South Weber
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
- 7 miles
- 2.5 - 3.5 hours
- Trailhead Elevation:
- 7000 feet
- Year Round
This trail is the most heavily used trail on the Pikes Peak District. Two miles in the trail opens into a meadow near a stream. Reportedly this is the site of the former Waldo Hog Ranch for which the trail is named. At the end of the meadow is the junction of a three mile loop. Occasionally, deer and bighorn sheep may be spotted, but the views, birds, wildflowers and trees make the trip worthwhile.
Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along the trail. Camping is recommended 300' of any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Pack it in / Pack it out rule applies. Respect other trail users.
Foot trail. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. It is a loop trail and it overlooks Waldo Canyon. This is a very good nature trail. Many species of animals and plants may be viewed along this trail.
Temperatures are similar to Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer.
Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams should be treated before use. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate supply.
Trail begins 2 miles west of the end of the Manitou Springs Bypass on U.S. 24. There is a parking area alongside the highway. A wooden sign and a post and rail fence marks the beginning of the trail.