Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO. I got 12.9 miles but I took small detours here and there to get a closer look at water. If you’re looking for another vantage point to take in all the Pikes Peak grandeur, and you want to do it while on a hike, then head up to Woodland Park for a trek around Rampart Reservoir. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. The trail and its bridges are well maintained, making the journey relatively easy for anyone looking for a short hike or an all day experience. It was a hefty hike...it took me about 5.5 hours to complete it, but it was worth it! It’s a locals’ favorite for fishing, camping, hiking and mountain biking, and it’s also a stunning destination for flat-water kayaking and canoeing. Most of the staging areas have vault toilets. The trailhead is well marked, approximately 6 miles after you turn off Hwy 24. The trail definitely captured the gorgeous fall colors of the changing leaves! The trail begins at the paved parking lot on the north end of the reservoir dam within the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area. The trail continues to meet at the parking lot and trailhead for Rampart Reservoir Trail. The Rampart Reservoir Trail is on POCKET PALS Trail Map #11 in the Pikes Peak Region Series. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Length of Trail: 10.07 Mile loop. Clearly marked, varying degree of trails. Wakeless boating regulations keep down the noise and make the dozens of inlets seem like private lakes. Maybe it’s moderate because of length or more technical terrain on other side? Rampart Reservoir Trail System This easy trail follows the Reservoirs shoreline providing opportunities for fishing access, picnicking and enjoying the beauty of the area. 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. Your best bet is to visit between April and October. The trailhead starts on Rampart Range Road and follows along a river that flows out of the ground from other reservoirs in the western part of the state. It is a beautiful ride, though. If you head northeast, it’s a bit rockier, more of an up and down narrow trail with views of the crystal clear water and in the horizon, views of Pikes Peak. The trail is mostly smooth dirt or loose crushed rock with short gains and losses in elevation as you traverse in and out of the myriad fingers of the reservoir. 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. Stands of aspen are decorated by carpets of wildflowers, including Colorado’s photogenic blue columbine and wild iris. Did not do full trail. You'll be able to observe the results of this chaos in fascinating rock formations all around the lake. The trail from the trailhead to the lake, around the lake, and back is approximately 16 miles long. Though the trail was busy it was so wide that it wasn’t a big deal. Oct 10, 2020. reporter: Aug 29, 2020 @ 9:04am. It was HARD, there is a lot of snow, I got off trail several times, I didn’t see anyone until the final 2 miles...apparently it’s not normal to hike or run it this time of year . Beautiful trail. Very technical in many areas and lots of loose sand. The Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy Trail, Rampart Reservoir via Rainbow Gulch Trail, West Monument Creek Loop Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Green Mountain Falls (Crystal Falls Trail), Stanley Canyon Trail to Stanley Reservoir, West Monument Creek Trail: 713 to Northfield Reservoir [PRIVATE PROPERTY], Mt. Maybe for covid. If you’re prepared, it’s worth it. It is a 6ish hour trail all the way around. Enjoy & research Pike National Forest, Colorado with trail guides, topo maps, photos, reviews & GPS routes on Trails.com. Camping is permitted only at the campgrounds, Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge. At mile 17, Rampart Range Road continues to the left, with Road 306 leading to the eastern edge of Rampart Reservoir. This is a 14+ mile trail run around Rampart Reservoir with the trees starting to show their fall colors. Watching the sun rise above the reservoir is well worth the effort it will take to get this point at "O-dark-thirty.". Not for the novice biker. Unique rocks. Aug 29, 2020. reporter: Aug 16, 2020 @ 10:34am. On that lower loop we really loved the rolling hills, and gorgeous views. THE 2020 EVENT IS SOLD OUT AT 60 REGISTRATIONS. The reservoir is beautiful! Rampart TRAILS and the MAIN PARKING LOT at Rampart Range Road and Hwy 67 are OPEN. The reservoir is located on a granite plateau approximately 9,000 feet (2,700 m) above sea level, and consists of a body of water with a capacity of 13,000,000,000 US gallons (49,000,000 m 3). Paid parking and direct access to the reservoir trail is located in the Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area a few miles away. Rampart Reservoir Trail System. I didn’t hike all the way, went about 3 miles then turned around. You’ll take US HWY 24 West from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park and then veer off to the right of the highway before taking a delightful journey through a wooded area. (Video by … 3. The trailhead listed here is closed for winter. 3/1/20: Did a section of the trail on the northwest side from Rainbow Gulch Trail. 1. Gorgeous views and scenery. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. The trail is wide and smooth. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. An easy to moderate trail winding in and out of inlets through spotted fields of Aspens, unusual but beautiful rocks and tall pines trees. The Rainbow Gulch Trail is especially good birding. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes… But double check this against TrailForks or another mountain biking app because it’s solidly intermediate, not beginner. We took the wrong trail from the parking lot on the other side of the dam- be sure to take the one to the left down by the water. The trail is well kept... a little gravelly. Plenty of parking here usually, because most people who are going to the Reservoir will park at the boat ramp. The north side of the reservoir presents several opportunities for spectacular views of Pike's Peak. Fishing has been very good, even from shore, with a few of the rarer species: lake trout and brown trout showing up. Didn't make it all the way around but the southern trail in the afternoon was beautiful. Rampart Reservoir is a large body of water outside of Woodland Park. 7 reviews of Rampart Reservoir "*Please note, this review is only of hiking trails, and not of fishing. Hiking Rampart Reservoir Trail Loop, Pikes Peak Ranger District, Colorado We’ve approached this hike at many different starting points, our favorite starting point is at the dam parking area. 14+ M, Sun, Sep 19 General Information. Cascade…, CO. Rampart Reservoir Recreation Area Hiking. Mountain biking was a moderate not an easy.. 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