Summary: From the parking lot the trail is easy to find on the East end. Begin by going up some landscaped stairs through a couple of quick switchbacks. The trail is heavily traveled and easy to follow, but please avoid the temptation to follow some of the side trails that are beginning to form. These damage the environment and threaten the free access. After hiking for 1.5 miles you will come to the intersection for the loop. There's not much difference on which direction you travel, they both wind up back at this intersection. There is still a fair amount of elevation to gain from this point. As the sign states the loop itself is 3.5 miles long. You will have to cross a small stream several times, the crossings are easy but you must be nimble to keep your feet dry.
Trailhead: From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 west past Manitou Springs. 2 miles after you pass the stoplight for Cave of the Winds there will be a large and usually crowded parking lot on the right side of the road. This is the parking for this trailhead. (Lat:38.88188 Lon:-104.94996)
Trail Guides for Waldo Canyon Loop:
100 Classic Hikes in Colorado Second Edition
by Scott S Warren (The Mountaineers Books)
by Bruce Caughey and Doug Whitehead (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pikes Peak Ranger District 719-636-1602
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by LRN on 5/21/2013
Sadly, Waldo Canyon is closed indefinitely, due to 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire and restoration efforts in the region. Williams Canyon is also closed. ~local Colorado Springs resident
Reviewed by HB on 7/4/2012
My husband and I hiked this trail the morning of the Waldo Canyon fire. We hadn't hiked it in over 10 years. We stopped several times to enjoy the scenery and views! I'm so glad we did. It will never be the same in my lifetime.
Reviewed by Mike on 6/27/2012
Hiked the loop in the early 80's. Less use then but very beautiful and a easy hike. So sad for the 2012 wildfire!
Reviewed by PB on 8/7/2011
Watched an unleashed dog leave its owners, run 1.5 miles back down to the trailhead, run around the parking lot ten minutes while people tried to catch it, and then after its own got down to the trailhead not recall to her but instead proceed to run out into the highway and get itself killed. Keep your dog leashed folks.
Reviewed by Sue on 7/19/2011
Have done this hike a few times now. It is just hard enough to make you feel like you worked, but not so hard that you don't think you'll make it. Beautiful scenery. The last time I hiked this trail the clouds were low and everthing had an eerie mist...amazing!
Reviewed by JT VAL on 7/19/2011
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Reviewed by Lisa on 6/18/2011
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Reviewed by John on 3/13/2011
What a great hike! Great views and enough challenge for the most experienced and novice. Loved it
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