Red Rocks Trail

#21 of 136 trails in Pike National Forest
Red Rocks Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

4.4 miles 403 feet Loop
kid friendly birding hiking mountain biking nature trips walking forest views wild flowers
Hide Map

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs, take Highway 24, through Woodland Park, toDivide. Turn south on Highway 67 and drive 8 miles until you see a closed tunnel.Parking is available on the other side of the closed tunnel.

ken darrow
20 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

the directions are incorrect for the red rocks trailhead map illustrated. the directions are for 'pancake rocks trail' (which is considerably more difficult). the correct directions for the 'red rocks trail' are: approximately 3 miles north on Highway 67 from woodland park at highway 24, you park at the 'red rocks group' turn. there is a small parking area for 4 or 5 vehicles immediately next to the highway (turn right going north on 67, there is also trailhead parking for the 'mule creek' on the left side of the highway). there is also a closer parking area about 1 mile down the dirt road, just past the turn for the campground entrance. an obvious forest service sign for the 'red rocks group campground' marks your turn. it's an easy hike and frequented by locals with their dogs.

Debbie Gregory
2 months ago

26 Completed6 Reviews

It's a good incline to the top-The rock formations are worth the trip;the views are pretty good as well

Ryan Lucas
6 months ago

19 Completed21 Reviews

Pretty intense uphill hike without as much payoff as some others in Colorado. Trail dead ended and we ended up postholing the last 300 yards or so. Still a great day hike within a short drive from Denver.

Danger Danger
7 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Went this weekend after the first snowfall and it proved to be challenging in the deep snow and unable to distinguish the trail for the same reason. Don't go without recording tracking to keep on the trail until it thaws next spring.

Brianna Bowen
7 months ago

11 Completed7 Reviews

The trail was easy to find from directions in the review. However, we saw one sign about 1/2 mile into the hike for pancake trail that said 2 more miles. We hiked that distance but never ended up finding the actual pancake rocks. Wish there was more signs along the way. The fall colors were beautiful though.

Cat Gonnering
8 months ago

26 Completed37 Reviews

These directions are wrong. It's south of divide on 67 just past mile marker 61. The trail is moderately challenging but the views from the top are worth it. Absolutely stunning.

Hope Laingen
8 months ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

This trail was terrific and the comments about directions to the TH and the initial 2 inclines really helped, the views at the top make it worth every step!

R Mullins
8 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

A challenging but rewarding hike to some beautiful red rock formations. The gradient was mostly moderate and the trail was easy to follow thanks to all of the traffic it sees.
As others have said an early start is recommended - to beat both the weather and the crowds. It's a very popular hike for good reason.

Elizabeth Gainey
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Very beautiful trail! Difficult in areas, but so worth it. The directions are totally wrong. From Colorado Springs take hwy24 through Woodland Park all the way to Divide, then turn onto Colorado 67 South. Go about 9 miles until you see the reminisce of an old tunnel. On the other side of that there's parking and the trail on the left! Be sure to go earlier in the day, we got in late and ran all the way back down in the rain/hail.

Teri Jackson
10 months ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

Great trail! Go early to avoid afternoon storms. Long uphill with stunning views to a winding flat area which then dips down a bit and back up again to the best view! Take a picnic and enjoy it on the rocks. Then enjoy a speedy return. Takes us 2 1/2 hours including time on the rocks for pictures and exploring. My GPS says 6.7 miles round trip (did not go to the falls).

Shawn Carlton
11 months ago

24 Completed12 Reviews

Dog Friendly Hike. Don't let the first and second inclines get to you. If you picked this out for a challenge it's well worth the hike. The view from the top will make this trip well worth the climb

vicky zamurs
1 year ago

9 Completed8 Reviews

good moderate hike with very pretty views at the end and throughout. the waterfalls are only 1/2 a mile away and work checking out on your way back/.

Nathaniel Voelker
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

First. Map of location is wrong. The trailhead is south of Divide on 67.

Second. Awesome hike challenging and rewarding. We have taken kids, but it pushes them.

Stephen Allaby
1 year ago

40 Completed29 Reviews

Good hike and nice views towards the top! Getting there is a drive, but worth it (at least once, for sure)

David Elwonger
2 years ago

55 Completed1 Reviews

the location map is wrong.

Andy Burdin
3 years ago

17 Completed7 Reviews

I completed this trail in early May 2013 and loved it. There was still a fair amount of snow on the trail (2"-6"), so I'd recommend good boots + foot chains. The climb up was fairly strenuous with lots of switch backs. Nearing the top I almost got a bit lost, but another hiker pointed me in the right direction. The trail is fairly well marked with official signs and cairn stones.

The top was beautiful. Huge open space on top of the rocks that really do look like big stacks of pancakes. I set up my Jetboil, made some coffee and enjoyed the view. Highly recommended.

Debbie Gregory
3 years ago

54 Completed11 Reviews

Be warned-this is a challenging trail...steep,steep,steep but well worth the effort once you reach the top.
Rock formations,views,trail is shaded most of the way
I would not recommend this trail if your out of shape

Renee Rains
4 years ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This trail is a great workout through a dense forest then incredible
views at the top.The rock formations rea lly resemble pancakes.