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Hike Pulpit Rock

Colorado Springs, Colorado

4.1/5
based on 10 reviews

Details

Distance

2.2 miles

Elevation Gain

505 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

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.

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Reviews

A nice area to go walk around for an hour or two. The trails are all interconnecting but you can make it around to the top fairly easily. If you want to do some minor scrambling you can do that too.

Nice short hike for a beautiful view. My dog and I did this the morning of our drive home from a 4-day hiking trip. Definitely a good last minute stop with some great photo opportunities when the sun comes up!

Fun adventure. Multiple trails leading various spots. Watch for snakes.

The hike is easy, took less than 25 minutes to get to the top. And the views of the city are beautiful!

Some of the side trails are pretty uphill, but the main trails are insanely easy. it's fun to climb on the rocks and the views are awesome. all in all the hike is pretty rewarding.

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).

The trail to the top of pulpit rock is a great hike. However, the trail has been ground down over the years and can be pretty slippery if you do not have proper footwear. Great hike, awesome views.

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.

A good trail to hike at night if you want to enjoy the city lights.

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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