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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

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Waldo Canyon Loop Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,000 Feet (2182.0 Meters) parking area
Difficulty: Beginner
Elevation: 6,700 Feet (2088.5 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,280 Feet (399.0 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,000 Feet (2182.0 Meters) parking area
High Point: 8,100 Feet (2524.9 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 7 Miles (11.67 Kilometers) 11.2 K
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 137 Pikes Peak, Canon City
Other Maps: Pikes Peak Atlas
Recommended Season: Late Spring
Trail Number: 640
Usage: Heavy
USGS Map: Quad Maps: Cascade

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General Description

The Waldo Canyon Trail provides an easy 7 mile hike, which is extremely popular throughout the summer and fall months
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
The Waldo Canyon Trail provides an easy 7 mile hike, which is extremely popular throughout the summer and fall months
Waldo Canyon Trail is open to foot and bicycle traffic only. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. It is a loop trail and it overlooks Waldo Canyon and Highway 24. This is a very good nature trail. Many species of animals and plants may be viewed along this trail.

This trail is the most heavily used trail on the Pikes Peak District. Two miles from the trailhead the trail opens into a meadow near a stream.
Reportedly this is the site of the former Waldo Hog Ranch for which the
trail is named. At the end of the meadow is the junction of a three mile
loop. Occasionally, deer and bighorn sheep may be spotted, but the views, birds, wildflowers and trees make the trip worthwhile. Along the trail there are interpretative stations and signs reflecting the geological
history of Waldo Canyon.
8,000 +
7,800 +beginning of loop
7,180 ++
7,000 +parking area+

Directions from Colorado springs: Trail begins 2 miles west of the end of the Manitou Springs Bypass on U.S. 24 (west of Colorado Springs). There is a parking area alongside the highway. A wooden sign and a post and rail fence marks the beginning of the trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through October .

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Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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