Rampart Reservoir Trail

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Distance10.2mi
Elevation Gain5,530ft
Trailhead Elevation9,006ft
Top9,128ft
Elevation Min/Max9003/9128ft
Elevation Start/End9006/9006ft

Rampart Reservoir Trail

Rampart Reservoir Trail is a hiking and biking trail in El Paso County, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 9,006 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,530 feet. This trail connects with the following: Shubarth Trail and Rainbow Gulch.

Rampart Reservoir Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is the trail to introduce someone to mountain biking. The singletrack dodges around the reservoir among boulders and bushes, and numerous side trails offer endless variety for exploring.

While suitable for beginners, gonzo riders won't have to look long for a challenge. Why doesn't everyone play here? They do. Located southwest of Woodland Park. Tread: Excellent conditions throughout the 9.2 miles of singletrack, 3.1 miles of doubletrack, and 1.7 miles of paved road."

"The Rampart Reservoir Shoreline Loop offers mountain bikers of any ability the chance to test their skills on a variety of terrain. From sand to gravel to rocks and soft forest earth, the loop delivers it all.

Within a stone’s throw of the reservoir and under the watchful eye of Pikes Peak, this trail follows the shoreline all the way around, providing opportunities for fishing and picnicking. A favorite among locals, the Rampart Reservoir Shoreline Loop can get crowded on the weekends. It’s best that mountain bikers ride the trail in a clockwise direction, so as not to come upon riders unexpectedly around the many tight and rocky curves."

Rampart Reservoir Trail Reviews

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6/18/2011
Fun trail for everyone. There is a fair amount of up and down, but never at any one time, so it's not the toughest workout. The scenery around the lake is great, with Pike's Peak in the background. There are only a handful of technical sections, and a few REALLY tight sections to navigate, but for the most part, it's an easy and very enjoyable ride.
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5/12/2007
Amazing scenery make this trail worth the drive from Colorado Springs. The first half of the trail beginning from the Dikeside overlook is more challenging, requiring less experienced riders to portage a few times. The back half of the trail was made more difficult by the snow melt, which turned portions of the trail into almost un-rideable mud. Have fun and bring a towel.
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5/12/2007
When we went a good section of the trail was under water due to spring conditions. It was really muddy and had to hike a bike through snow and creeks. NOT the best trip I've ever had at Rampart Res. A great spot, but probably a bit early yet.
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6/25/2005
This is one of my favorite rides and I usually ride it a couple times a month. It was actually my first Mtn Biking experience and what got me into riding. The ride has sweet single track, great scenery and a few technical spots. The trail is always in great condition with only a couple short areas of loose dirt on steep climbs or descents. Ride the loop clockwise and start at the Rainbow Gulch trailhead. This is a popular trail with hikers and bikers (and anglers along the shore).
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7/9/2004
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5/11/2003
The trail was alittle hard to find, but once you got there it was worth it. The trail is made up of loose broken up rocks which makes the corners fun. The trail stays in site of the reservoir most of the time. There are many curves and sharp turns throughout the coarse. There are really no huge uphill assents, or downhill for that matter. One of the best parts is that it is reavitivly unknown so it isn't very busy.
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10/29/2000
Great place to take someone who has not biked a lot. Nearly level the entire way. One short hike-a-bike. Be careful of the eroding trail between the start of the lake and the dam (ride this trail clockwise for the most fun), it could be dangerous.
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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
Pike National Forest
Parks
Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Pikes Peak Ranger District. This eTrail includes contact info for trail information, local information, local events and attractions, and restaurants.
Local Contacts
Pike National Forest Map; USGS Cascade
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018