Colorado Springs: Waldo Canyon Loop

Don't forget the camera: This scenic 7.1-mile loop in Pike National Forest serves up short climbs, fast descents, and fine views of Pikes Peak.
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Don't forget the camera: This scenic 7.1-mile loop in Pike National Forest serves up short climbs, fast descents, and fine views of Pikes Peak.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.6

Waypoints

Trailside Views

Location: 38.8833122253418, -104.937973022461

©Garryck Hampton

Campsite

Location: 38.8879203796387, -104.935707092285

©Garryck Hampton

View of Pikes Peak

Location: 38.8920516967773, -104.926422119141

©Garryck Hampton

Views toward Colorado Springs

Location: 38.8904418945312, -104.927665710449

©Garryck Hampton

WCT001

Location: 38.8816719055176, -104.949501037598

Climb loose gravel trail, heading E. In .5 mi., trail crosses creeklet

WCT002

Location: 38.8833389282227, -104.938003540039

Trail follows ridge. Caution: It's easy to get turned around on this loop. Stay off unmarked side trails, so local rescuers won't have to play Where's Waldo to locate you

WCT003

Location: 38.887939453125, -104.935699462891

Pass small campsite and fire ring shaded by evergreens

WCT004

Location: 38.8895797729492, -104.935401916504

Turn R @ Y; more piñon and juniper as trail switchbacks above 7,500 ft.

WCT005

Location: 38.8877716064453, -104.927001953125

Swing N; watch for mountain bikers

WCT006

Location: 38.8904609680176, -104.927696228027

Look S @ urban sprawl of Colorado Springs; red-stained cliffs

WCT007

Location: 38.8920516967773, -104.926399230957

Killer view: Puffy white clouds often drift around 14,110-ft. Pikes Peak

WCT008

Location: 38.8940887451172, -104.930297851562

Pass FS marker; hike W above Waldo Canyon

WCT009

Location: 38.8986282348633, -104.938102722168

Turn L and drop into the canyon

WCT010

Location: 38.8962097167969, -104.935203552246

Trail continues S and descends beside creek

WCT011

Location: 38.8924102783203, -104.93270111084

Continue heading SW; in .2 mi., close loop @ WPT 4, turn R, and return to trailhead