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

Quick Facts

Penrose Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,000 Feet (2182.0 Meters) Forest Developed Road 370
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 7,200 Feet (2244.4 Meters)
Elevation Gain, One-way: 800 Feet (249.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2.5 Miles (4.17 Kilometers) 4 KM
Other Maps: Pikes Peak Atlas, Trails Illustrated 137
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 665
Usage: Heavy
USGS Map: Quad map: Manitou Springs

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

PENROSE TRAIL #665 is open to motorcycle, mountain bike, and foot
traffic. The trail leads from Forest Road 370 to Forest Road 380. The trail is moderately difficult and is open to motorcycles which use this trail frequently.

This is a heavily used trail, especially by mountain bikes and motorcycles. It winds in and out of cool pine forests and offers scenic vistas of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, and Gold Camp Road.

It is recommended that motorcycles use this trail in summer months only because of snow depth. Temperatures are similar to Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer.

7,800 + FDR 380
7,500 +
7,200 +
7,000 + Trailhead

Directions from Colorado Springs: From Colorado Springs, take 26th Street to Gold Camp Road. Approximately 2 miles up Gold Camp Road is the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Martin (CS, CO)
Time of Day: 3 pm
Length of Time: 15 min one way
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Fun trail, great views. Two beautiful overlooks where you can pull off the trail. Very narrow in some parts and that can be an issue with all the mountain bikers, hikers, and other motorcycles on the trail. The later in the afternoon you ride the less traffic.
Conditions: Trail was dry all the way up. One tricky, rocky incline.
Water Availability: You don't cross any water. Drinking water is not an issue.

Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This trail is NOT for ATVs as indicated at the bottom of screen. Has to turn around (almost impossible) at about 1/4 mile up trail...way too narrow for ATVs!

Difficulty: Easy
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The trail head is at least 5 or 6 miles from 26th st.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Penrose Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Penrose Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Penrose Trail

Related Activities
Bear Creek Trail - Bear Creek Trail is part of a network of trails in Cheyenne Canyon a drainage that flows into the southwestern part of Colorado Springs.

Jones Park Trail - The Jones Park Trail, also known as "Cap'n Jacks", is a locals favorite. It extends 6 miles from Forest Road 380 to a dead end at 10,100'.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pikes Peak Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 601 South Weber Street , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 719-636-1602, Fax: 719-477-8273


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