Hike Pulpit Rock
Colorado › Pulpit Rock Trail Parking
Added by Billy DiMirra
A hidden gem in the Colorado Springs area. The park is a network of a various small trails, with the highlight being the climb to the Pulpit Rock ridge line. The top provides beautiful views Downtown Colorado Springs, the surrounding City, and Pikes Peak.
Heading South on N. Nevada Blvd. you will pass a Harley Davidson dealership on your left, about a mile after that there is a large parking lot for Pulpit Rock Park. Once you park, there is a clearly marked trailhead that will get you on your way! There are various trails you can take to get the top of Pulpit Rock, some of which will take you in a loop if you choose, or you can go out and back. The hike to the top of Pulpit is about a mile from the parking lot (the loop ending up being about 4 miles). Its a pretty easy hike great for all ages and skill levels.
- Good hiking shoes
- Snacks if you decide to stay a while
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A gem in the middle of COS
Not only are the views of the city and Pikes Peak top notch from Pulpit Rock, but the neighboring Austin Bluffs Open Space is also a great place to play and explore, whether running, hiking with dogs/kids, or mountain biking! It is an extremely under-utilized area, so you avoid crowds, but the trail maintenance in areas is often lacking (erosion, overgrowth).
Escape the city
This short hike lets you get above the hustle and bustle of Colorado Springs and gives spectacular views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range. I recommend hiking this trail in the evening as it can be brutally hot in the day during the summer months.
Love this hike, didn't realize the level of this hike with climbing some rocky areas since I had my two year old with me. I recommend a carrier if you bring your young kiddos. It was a challenge for sure with a toddler so next time I'll have to hike it again and have a babysitter or just plan for extra time to get up there. Beautiful views from the top!
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