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Waldo Canyon Loop Trail No. 640

Contact Info
Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
601 South Weber
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone:
719-636-1602
Basics
Length:
7 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7000 feet
Season:
Year Round

Description

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.

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Details

Length:
7 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2.5 - 3.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7000
Season:
Year Round
Additional Details:

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.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

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.


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