Rainbow Trail

Rainbow Trail, Westcliffe: Address, Rainbow Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Rainbow Trail
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Ginger
Colorado Springs, CO2 contributions
Beautiful
Jun. 2020
We started out from the Horn Peak Trail trailhead. We hiked the trail for about 3 miles before turning around. It is a rocky trail at the beginning, but it has beautiful views on every turn with mountain flowers and waterfalls along the way.
Written June 25, 2020
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Mark W
Florissant, CO19 contributions
Beautiful, but ATV's Beware
Jun. 2020 • Couples
ATV's BEWARE!! Area is beautiful with creeks, falls, mountains, and Wet Mountain views. YES, ATV's are allowed on southern part of trail. You may want to reconsider this. Great for hiking, maybe dirtbikes. We rode from Alvarado campground S. to Hiltman Creek, then N. to Hermit Pass road. Nearly 4 hours to make it. Rough, NARROW, bouldery, VERY tilted in areas and passengers should dismount to keep center of gravity lower. Lots of deadfall. Had to bucksaw 3 trees, move 2, and stack boulders to negotiate around one. Not a fun ride for ATV's. Further South may be better. Definitely no side be sides. Nearer to Hermit Pass road we could barely get through. Although CPW says suitable for ATV's, it is not maintained. Most places there is nowhere to turn around. If stuck or encounter ATV from other direction, you may have to back up a super narrow trail for a thousand yards. Yup, not a fun ride, but back safely with damaged fenders, sore arms, and grateful for a strong skidplate.
Written June 9, 2020
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Ken Q
Denver, United States655 contributions
Excellent Hiking!
Aug. 2019 • Friends
This is a great trail for moderate and easier hikes. Would be family friendly. I went with a group of 60 year old guys and we had a great time.
Written August 4, 2019
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Kate E
10 contributions
A great hike--beautiful views!
Jul. 2019 • Family
We hiked a 5-mile section of the Rainbow Trail in the early morning hours. It was beautiful, yet challenging--very rocky so watch where you step!
Written July 17, 2019
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Larissa M
Oklahoma City, OK55 contributions
The never ending trail!
Jul. 2019 • Family
This trail is fulfilling, & is full of nature’s finest! This trail leads to mountainous views, lakes and waterfalls where you could never imagine you would go! Sweet animals will catch your eye, where you often least expect. There are many options for enjoying life on Rainbow Trail!
Written July 6, 2019
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Caroline and Ji... V
Westcliffe, CO53 contributions
Hiking 200 miles!!!!
Oct. 2018 • Friends
This trail is fantastic all year long with many points of entry. Get a map at the Forest Service. Wildflower season is just lovey, and snowshoeing is terrific. Some trails are good for cross country skiing and photography opportunities abound!
Written December 9, 2018
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Ken Q
Denver, United States655 contributions
Great hiking trail
Aug. 2018 • Friends
We had a very enjoyable hike along the Rainbow Trail. There are lots of options for people with different skill levels.
Written August 6, 2018
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Raymond S
4 contributions
Mountain paradise trail
Jul. 2018 • Family
Our family has walked and hiked the Rainbow Trail many times over the past 25 years. It is a lengthy trail that traverses the Sangre de Christo mountain range from the south to the north, but it can be accessed from numerous trail access points.. It is unique in its length and consistent character of forested pathways that are fairly easily traversed. Our children walked many times in their youth when we owned property with direct access to the trail. Now the next generation is also learning to enjoy the experience of enjoying mountain nature through the hiking of the trail. Though we no longer own adjacent property, we travel to Custer County regularly as a family to enjoy the remote mountain scenery and environment. Although the trail is primarily consistent at about 9600 foot elevation, there are numerous mountain trails that proceed up to higher mountain elevations and lakes, even to the summits of mountains having elevations over 14,000 feet. Beautiful scenes appear all along the trail.
Written July 15, 2018
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Erik B
21 contributions
A gentle trail
Oct. 2017 • Family
The Rainbow Trail travels north/south along the base of the Sangre de Christo mountains. It is a bit of a hike from trail heads (0.5 miles) on a steep incline, but once on the trail, it is worth it. The Rainbow is gentle and undulates from one drain to another. It offers other, steeper trails to a variety of lakes and waterfalls.
Written October 23, 2017
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719Traveler2014
Elyria, OH11 contributions
Enjoyable all year
Aug. 2017 • Couples
Since we live in Westcliffe, CO, my husband and I do quite a bit of hiking on the Rainbow Trail. It is an easy trail to hike for our out of town visitors, especially those not used to altitude. The mountain and valley views are wonderful. There are mountain creeks, but the larger ones have bridges crossing over them. If we have good rainfall during the summer, there are lots of wildflowers along the trail. During the autumn, the fall colors are lovely. In winter, it is a good place to snowshoe. From the Rainbow trail, you can access other more difficult trails that go vertically up the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to various mountain lakes and peaks. Only those in good physical condition should attempt those vertical side trails as they are rather steep and often rocky. Bicycles, ATVs, and horse riders also use the Rainbow trail. There are several fairly easy access points to the Rainbow Trail in Custer County.
Written August 16, 2017
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