Waldo Canyon Trail

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Waldo Canyon Loop Trail #640

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

Release Date: May 30, 2014

Contact(s): Contact: Allan Hahn, Pikes Peak Ranger, 719-636-1602

In addition, the Waldo Canyon Trail along Highway 24 will remain closed. “Work continues on the trail this summer with the intention of opening it in the near future,” said Pikes Peak District Ranger Al Hahn.  The USFS, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation  all agree that significant public safety concerns must keep the trail closed at this time.

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This trail is the most heavily used trail on the Pikes Peak District. Two miles in, 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 view of birds, wildflowers, and trees makes the trip worthwhile. Along the trail there are interpretative stations and signs reflecting the geological history of Waldo Canyon.

Current Conditions: Closed due to Waldo Canyon Fire; no re-opening date has been established yet.
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Water: Drinking water is not available. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate supply. Water from streams should be treated before use.
Information Center: Foot trail. It is a loop trail and it overlooks Waldo Canyon. This is a very good nature trail. Many species of animals and plants may be viewed along this trail.

Trail begins 2 miles west of the end of the Manitou Springs bypass on Hwy 24.

There is a parking area alongside the highway. A wooden sign and a post and rail fence marks the beginning of the trail.

General Notes:
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.


  • Trail Measurement: 7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 385323N
  • Compass Longitude: 1045605W
  • Numeric Latitude: 38.8897127
  • Numeric Longitude: -104.9347003
  • Elevation in Meters: 2,134 to 2,438
  • Elevation in Feet: 7,000 to 8,000

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  • Trail Measurement
    7 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
  • Compass Longitude
  • Numeric Latitude
  • Numeric Longitude
  • Elevation in Feet
    7,000 to 8,000
  • Elevation in Meters
    2,134 to 2,438
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