Teller County, Colorado
Pike National Forest
Pikes Peak Ranger District
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Forest Service Roads: 379, 379A
Trail Type: Out and Back
Nearby Towns: Colorado Springs
Nearby Trails: Eagle Rock, Saran Wrap, Bull Park, Mount Rosa
Trail Length: 6.3 miles
Elevation: 9,827 to 11,785 feet
Recommended by Tim
This is a fairly easy trail that is just a short distance from Colorado Springs, making it a popular 4-wheeling destination. The trailhead can be found by looking for an easy road that has a fence on both sides of it. It is marked as forest service road 379, the trail on the north side of Gold Camp Road while the Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir is on the south side of the road.
The trail heads north and goes through Frosty Park as it follows East Beaver Creek. Mount Rosa is to the east. It's a mellow section of maintained trail. There are some sections of the trail that can be very muddy, and they are the only muddy sections that you are allowed in. On the north end of the park you will intersect with the hiking trail that you can take to the top of Mount Rosa to the east.
The trail leaves Frosty Park and turns west and soon climbs to a large area with fewer trees and big views. This is the camp overlook and there is plenty of room for parking and camping. You can see the city below you and all of the mountains nearby, so this is a great place to stop.
Continue along the trail and it heads down into Deer Park, a wide open and marshy area. This portion of the trail is shared with the Eagle Rock trail as it skirts along the edge of the park. As always, stay on the trail at all times. Even if you see tracks leading into the mud, you must stay on the trail.
You soon come to a wider area in the trees on the north end of Deer Park where Eagle Rock continues straight and Mount Baldy takes a sharp right turn uphill. Take this turn to visit what is probably the best part of the Mount Baldy trail.
The trail cuts into the Almagre Mountain range with Mount Baldy on its southern end. The trail is often a shelf road here and parts of it can be narrow with loose edges. Erosion can change things quickly here, so make sure the trail is stable and wide enough before continuing.
The trail ends at a locked gate. If you hike past the gate you can quickly work your way up over the ridge to find a large mountain lake. Hike still farther to reach the communication towers at the top of the mountain.
There is a loop at the end of the trail that gives the trail its high rating. Take the loop to find bigger rocks in loose dirt to work your way through. After doing the loop, continue south to the intersection.
At the intersection, you can take the Mount Baldy trail all the way back the way you came in, or you can head west to do the end of the Eagle Rock trail. If you choose this option you will probably find it to be a faster way out.
Information last updated on July 1st, 2013.
From Denver, take I-25 south through Colorado Springs to take the Circle Drive exit at the south end of town (exit 138). Circle Drive becomes Lake Avenue as you follow it west. The road ends at the Broadmoor Hotel and a traffic circle. Follow the circle around to take a left turn and follow the road around to the left (south) side of the hotel. The road will then turn into Old Stage Road as you head west into the mountains. Continue on Old Stage Road until it turns into Gold Camp Road. Mount Baldy is a right turn about 5 1/2 miles down Gold Camp Road.
Meet at the Home Depot in the parking lot by turning right on Southgate into the shopping area on Lake Avenue. Those coming from the Denver area might want to meet on exit 184 off of I-25 at the Conoco gas station to the west of the highway.