Rampart Reservoir Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,034' 315 m
Descent: -1,027' -313 m
High: 9,266' 2,824 m
Low: 9,000' 2,743 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“Excellent singletrack circumnavigating around a scenic reservoir in the Rampart Range of Colorado.”— Kevin League
The reservoir is a very popular recreation area for many different user groups, especially for the fishing contingency. On any given summertime weekend or holiday, you are likely to see parking at near capacity, but do not let this discourage you from riding. On the busiest summer days you're likely to only see a few people either hiking or riding the trail. Most users of the recreation area are there for the boating, fishing, and picnicking.
Turn left, crossing the bridge and then turn right back onto the road that quickly turns into singletrack. Travel clockwise around the reservoir. The trail travels around each and every arm of the reservoir. Occasional obstacles interfere with the flow of the trail, requiring dismounts for all but the most advanced riders. You'll encounter a few small creek crossings as well.
At the 9 mile mark you'll reach the reservoir dam. Cross over the dam, reaching the south shore of the reservoir and pass the guard shack. Pick up the singletrack immediately after the guard shack and gate.
The south shore of the lake interacts with more recreational infrastructure like picnic sites and fishing access to the shore. You'll encounter more foot traffic from these users and the trail is a bit more worn. The south shore has also seen the most impacts of the Waldo Canyon Fire and you'll pass through a few burned sections. A few dismounts may be required to cross some flagstone paved stormwater drains that intersect the trail.
After riding through the burn and then into a deep mature forest, you'll return back the the bridge where the loop begins and ends. Take either the singletrack or road back to the trailhead. I prefer to take the trail downhill in the beginning and the road at the end for the short climb back.
As described here, many riders enjoy traveling around the reservoir clockwise. However the trail heading around the lake counterclockwise is also very good. For a longer ride, finish a lap around the lake going one direction and then finish with another lap going the other way.
Finally, while the trail is perfectly suitable for even beginner riders, skilled riders also enjoy the trail for the somewhat frequent technical challenges. Most riders should expect to dismount and walk some of the more difficult sections located in a dozen or so spots along the trail.
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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed
Local Club: Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
Oct 11, 2019: MWTA Communications Survey
Oct 6, 2019: Notice of Temporary Trail Closure: The Chutes
Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office
Oct 6, 2019: South Park Ranger District Christmas Tree Permits