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“A rugged ascent to the second highest ranked peak in the Pikes Peak Region ~ Sentinel Point (12,527-foot).”
— K Keiter
Foot and horse trail. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Camping is permitted along the trail and is recommended 300’ from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/Pack it out rule applies. Campfire permits are not required but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Respect other trail users.
The landscape on this trail is great. You pass beaver ponds down low, then you hike near a very long, steep stream that cascades down the mountain. After that, you hop/scramble across a large boulder field and eventually get above treeline. Above treeline mostly alpine tundra, but the trail gets very faint if visible at all. The summit offers spectacular views of Pikes Peak's backside and the mountains to the west.
The whole route tends to be very secluded most of the way. I've seen other people on this trail but it is by no means high traffic.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
Directions: From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park, to Divide. Turn south on Hwy 67. Drive 8 miles until you come to a tunnel. Parking is available on the other side of the tunnel. This is where the trail begins.
Drinking water is not readily available. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate supply.
There are some large boulders that may be able to tilt on one section of the trail.
Take Horsethief Park Trail (#704)
about .7 miles from the parking area to the first fork. This section of the trail is an abundantly used, spacious path with a slight incline that runs parallel to an Oil Creek tributary.
History & Background
Horsethief Park is a valley long known as a hideout for cattle rustlers, tax evaders, and sundry other outlaws. Butch Cassidy and John Wesley Powell are among notorious travelers of the area. (Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing)