Hiking Trails – Rampart Reservoir
Pike National Forest 

Access:rampart
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, to Woodland Park. Turn right on Baldwin St. Right before McDonalds. This will turn into Rampart Range Road near the High School. Basically, follow Rampart Range Road and follow the signs to the reservoir. After 2 1/2 miles, take the right fork then after 1 1/2 mile you reach Forest Road 300, Rampart Range Road turn right. After about 3 1/2 miles turn left on Forest Road 306. The Interpretive trail is on the right, and the reservoir trail head is near the east side of the dam.

An alternate scenic route can be taken during the summer. Take the Manitou Springs exit towards Garden of the Gods. After going past “Balanced Rock”, a sign on the left will indicate Rampart Range Road. Forest Road 306 will turn off to the right. This route will take about an extra hour.

In the winter time, this area is closed.

Attractions and Considerations:
There is a short nature trail for the blind and those in wheelchairs. Also, there is a trail that follows around the reservoir. 

Rampart Reservoir Trail
Foot, horse, mountain bike and cross-country ski trail. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. This trail follows the reservoir’s shoreline all the way around. This trail provides opportunities for fishing access, picnicking, and enjoying the beauty of the area.

Length: 11.6 Miles round trip.
Time: 4 Hrs.
Elevation Gain/Drop: 160ft
Difficulty: Moderate.
Recommended season:
Spring x
Summer xx
Fall x
Winter x

Maps: Pike National Forest L-6, also inset
Quad Maps: Cascade 22,23,26 and 27

Profile:
The trail climbs 100ft. in the first 1/2 mile. Then the trail remains relatively level for the next 1 1/2 miles. The trail climbs to 9,150ft. in the third mile. In the fourth mile, the trail decends 100ft to 9,050ft. where it remains relatively level for the next 6 miles. In the last mile, the trail drops another 50 feet.
Beginning Elevation: 9,160 ft.
End Elevation: 9,160 ft.

Special Considerations:
None.

Weather:
Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are very common throughout the summer.

Camping:
Camping is not permitted along this trail, but is available at Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge Campgrounds near the reservoir.

Drinking Water:
Drinking water is available at Promontory Picnic area. Water from the lake and streams should be treated before use. 


Interpretive Trail
The Interpretive Trail for the physically challenged was built by the Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. and the Forest Service. It meanders through a sunny hillside, giant granite boulders surrounded by aspens, a creek, and a cool, wet fir and spruce forest. Information signs are printed in Braille, as well as English. At the entrance there is a toilet with wheelchair access.

Length: 0.4 Miles round trip.
Time: 1 Hrs.
Elevation Gain/Drop: 100ft
Difficulty: Easy. handycap greencir blind
Recommended season:
Spring x
Summer xx
Fall x
Winter x

Maps: Pike National Forest L-6
Quad Maps: Cascade 27 and 34

Profile:
The trail has a gentle rise of 100ft in 1/4 mile.
Beginning Elevation: 9,160 ft.
End Elevation: 9,160 ft.

Special Considerations:
This trail is only accessible to wheelchairs during summer months. At present, a bridge needs some repair, and the trail is rough, needing some work.

Weather:
Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are very common throughout the summer.

Camping:
Camping is not permitted along this trail, but is available at Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge Campgrounds near the reservoir.

Drinking Water:
Drinking water is available near the trailhead during the summer. Water from the lake and streams should be treated before use.