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Cascade, Colorado

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  • El Paso County, Colorado

    Hike to the top of Castle Rock

    5.0
    2 mi / 800 ft gain
    The Basics: If you've never been to Green Mountain Falls, you're missing out! This tiny mountain hamlet, just off Hwy 24 before Woodland Park, hosts a vibrant collection of local shops and eateries around its community lake. It is also home to many lesser-known hiking trails, including the H.B. W...
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  • Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    Hike Crystal Falls Trail to Crystal Creek Reservoir

    5.25 mi / 1750 ft gain
    The Basics: The little town of Green Mountain Falls often gets overlooked as motorists speed up Highway 24 to Woodland Park and beyond. However, big hiking opportunities abound here. The town probably has as many miles of hiking trails as it has miles of paved roads! Being on the base of Pikes Pe...
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  • Manitou Springs, Colorado

    Walk to Rainbow Falls

    0.5 mi
    This waterfall was designated a historic site in 2016 due to its rich history dating back to the Native Americans and more recently the locals of Manitou Springs.  The bridge itself that crosses over the falls was created in the early 20th century and was an architectural marvel during the time. ...
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  • Cascade, Colorado

    Manitou Incline

    4.7
    3.8 mi / 1949 ft gain
    If you're ready for a fitness challenge like no other, look no further than the Manitou Incline. The trail climbs the remnants of an old cog railway bed, gaining 2000 feet of elevation in less than a mile. Busy all year round, the popular trail is used by everyone from Army Rangers and Olympic ho...
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  • Cascade, Colorado

    Hike Barr Trail to Pikes Peak Summit

    5.0
    12 mi / 7400 ft gain
    Barr Trail is a 12 mile hike that travels the east face of Pikes Peak, from Manitou Springs (6700’) at the base, to the summit (14,115’). Because there are so many factors that can influence anyone’s experience of the trail (weather, fitness level, time of day, preparedness, etc.), and because ma...
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  • Manitou Springs, Colorado

    Hike Red Mountain

    2 mi / 750 ft gain
    The hike can be started from where the Intemann trail meets Ruxton Ave close to Iron Spring. For parking, you can park at one of the few pay-for parking along the street or park in town and take the bus up to the incline. The hike starts up what seems to be a driveway until you reach a small gate...
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  • Manitou Springs, Colorado

    Manitou Springs' Mineral Springs

    5.0
    Manitou Springs is home to eight mineral springs all fairly close to the main shopping strip of Manitou. The springs were originally utilized by the Native Americans. In the 19th century, they were utilized by visitors from all over the world due to their supposed health benefits. They all taste ...
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  • Cascade, Colorado

    Photograph Rampart Range Road

    4.7
    20 mi
    From the starting point near Balanced Rock in Garden of the Gods, Rampart Range Road turns to dirt and begins a steady climb into the foothills west of Colorado Springs. Though dirt, the road is well-graded and perfectly suitable for passenger cars in good weather. As the road climbs, you'll trav...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Siamese Twins Loop

    4.0
    0.55 mi / 105 ft gain
    Siamese twins is about a half mile hike with little elevation gain that is a quick hike while driving the park.  The hardest thing about this is getting a parking spot to tell you the truth.  On a weekend or pretty much any summer day the five or so spots available at the trailhead are constantly...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Garden of the Gods Loop

    4.7
    4.28 mi / 581 ft gain
    If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can help to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtain a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free). Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pullouts that you can explore. Many of the trai...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Scotsman Trail Loop

    5.0
    1.09 mi / 128 ft gain
    Scotsman Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Hike the Upper Loop Trail

    5.0
    0.75 mi / 72 ft gain
    This short spur trail is right off Perkins Central Garden Trail. Most people walk by it because the walkway changes from paved to dirt, but it is definitely a must-see if you're exploring the park. It climbs just a short amount before reaching the rocks you can climb on. Make sure you take a mome...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Perkins Central Garden Trail

    5.0
    1.13 mi / 138 ft gain
    Garden of the Gods has dozens of hiking trails that cover miles through the park itself. The Perkins Central Garden Trail takes you through the heart of the rock formations and really gives you perspective on the size of these red rocks. This trail also takes you past several areas where rock cl...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Camp along Rampart Range Road

    Along Rampart Range Road there are about 30 free BLM camping spots that offer scenic views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding forest. The road in is about 6 miles of gravel, however a 2WD Sedan was able to make the journey just fine! The camping spots are designated by a pre-existing fire ring and...
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  • El Paso County, Colorado

    Summit Pikes Peak via the Devils Playground Trail

    3.0
    5.5 mi / 1348 ft gain
    This portion of a trek to the Pikes Peak begins about 13,000 feet.  From the parking lot walk across the road back to the Northeast side and look for the hikers trail that begins by paralleling the road. By hiking this path you will have the time to enjoy the amazing views of the mountain range a...
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  • Woodland Park, Colorado

    Ski Pikes Peak

    Pikes Peak Toll Road can grant you access to a ton of super accessible backcountry skiing if you have the equipment and knowledge.  From roughly Glen Cove up to the summit of the mountain you can access terrain varying from steep chutes off the summit to easy glades in an abandoned ski resort.  T...
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Camping and Lodging in Cascade

Cripple Creek KOA Holiday
Cripple Creek, Colorado

Cripple Creek KOA Holiday

Pike Community
Woodland Park, Colorado

Pike Community

South Meadows
Woodland Park, Colorado

South Meadows

Painted Rocks
Woodland Park, Colorado

Painted Rocks

Manitou Lake Pavilion
Woodland Park, Colorado

Manitou Lake Pavilion

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday
Fountain, Colorado

Colorado Springs KOA Holiday

Guides, Insights and Stories from Cascade

6 Reasons why the Manitou Incline is Colorado's holy grail of cardio

6 Reasons why the Manitou Incline is Colorado's holy grail of cardio

Jennifer Broome

Explore Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

Explore Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs

The Outbound Collective

The 8 Best Winter Overnight Adventures In Colorado

The 8 Best Winter Overnight Adventures In Colorado

Jason Hatfield

25 Beautiful Alpine Lakes in Colorado

25 Beautiful Alpine Lakes in Colorado

The Outbound Collective

The Top 10 Places For Fall Leaves In Colorado

The Top 10 Places For Fall Leaves In Colorado

Eric Schuette