(from Colorado Springs) and many canyons. 2. looks way smaller than it is! Take the Rampart Range Road north from Woodland Park (turn off Hwy 24 at McDonalds).This road will take you past the Woodland Park schools and a portion of Woodland Park's residential area. Additional cross country ski access is via Rainbow Gulch Trail which begins on Rampart Range Road and little north of road 306. Start early. I’d say it’s rated as a moderate trail because of distance. You're never far from a quiet place to sit by the water and relax or fish. Very technical in many areas and lots of loose sand. If you like to hike and/or to fish, this is the place to go. Deer, Squirrel, chipmunk and the occasional fish swimming near a fisherman!!!! All Trails says we went 12 miles, Fitbit has me just under 14. Rampart Reservoir was created when a 230 ft high, 3400 ft long dam was constructed across West Monument Creek in 1969. The sound of the rushing stream and the joy of the dancing water will captivate you. Map showing recreational areas. The granite plateau on which the reservoir rests has been subject to erosion for thousands of years. Through the gap you can almost see the city. Forest Service road 306 to Rampart Reservoir is closed with a gate. Rainbow Gulch Trail is #714; Rampart Reservoir Trail is #700. Not too crowded usually. On that lower loop we really loved the rolling hills, and gorgeous views. The water is low right now so you can cut across the river instead of walking across the bridge by rainbow gulch. Hiked 11.68 mkles today, but only 4 miles of the 10.8 miles on the reservoir. The dirt road up was a little too rough for my Altima, but my friend’s Legacy made it slowly. This route should be chosen only if you have an extra hour of driving time. So I think if you’re riding, it’s a fine trail but for hiking I would look for something a little more interesting. Beautiful trail with astonishing views. The lake is stocked with fish (rainbow, lake, cutthroat, & brown trout). Well, we went into this thinking 10.8 miles would be a challenge. amazing! Great conditions for microspikes! Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Follow the signs to Rampart Reservoir. AllTrails tried to send me down to the trailhead by the dam. There are some sections of loose gravel that required me to get off and walk and a few tight technical sections in the boulders that made me think twice since I was riding alone. I was amazed by the views, I’ve lived in Colorado Springs for many years and didn’t realize we had such beautiful views with water, lol. The reservoir is a very popular recreation area for many different user groups, especially for the fishing contingency. 7$ parking fee, dam closed at 5pm. Wouldn’t do it again solo. Started at 7 finished at 11:20ish. Wakeless boating regulations keep down the noise and make the dozens of inlets seem like private lakes. This easy trail follows the Reservoirs shoreline providing opportunities for fishing access, picnicking and enjoying the beauty of the area. 1. Dewey Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY], Mt. Rampart Reservoir Trail is a 13.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. Camping is permitted only at the campgrounds, Meadow Ridge and Thunder Ridge. Trail was clear in most parts with exception of 2 downed trees. Anyways, you can park at the gate and walk. Plenty of parking here usually, because most people who are going to the Reservoir will park at the boat ramp. HA Foot, horse, mountain bike, and cross country ski trail. It was a great ride! If you'd like a day at the lake in Central Colorado, this is the place to go. This 500 acre lake stores about 13 billion gallons of Colorado Springs' drinking water. The road there is closed, at least today, but it looked like a long term thing? We bikes 9 miles before abandoning the bikes to finish the remainder on foot due to the heavily technical terrain. No swimming allowed in reservoir. Still, it was a Beautiful day. You do have to pay, 7$ to access the trail unless you find a different way to it. I’ve been on this trail many times, weather makes a big difference, sunset is especially beautiful! Take plenty of water & snacks. The north side of the reservoir abounds with these formations. It is one of the favorite fishing, hiking, biking, and picnicking areas in the region. Watching the sun rise above the reservoir is well worth the effort it will take to get this point at "O-dark-thirty.". Keep alert for bicycles coming in the opposite direction. Great day hike...water was crystal clear!! The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. I would say it’s a moderate level simply because it’s 11 miles. I look forward to coming back in future years and hiking the full trail with my whole family! You will not experience a significant elevation gain at any one point, but because the lake was formed where 12 different streams flowed into West Monument Creek, you will climb at least a dozen different ridges as you work your way around the lake. Maybe it’s moderate because of length or more technical terrain on other side? The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. The dirt road getting to the park will rattle your teeth out... and your suspension. Alright trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. This becomes Rampart Range Road (FSR 300). All in all it was a beautiful hike and not too difficult, just longer than expected. Absolutely amazing views and a simply gorgeous walk. Lots of snow - micro spikes and trekking poles were very helpful! It's such a pretty hike when the reservoir is iced over and the ground is covered in snow! Note: $7 Parking Fee per vehicle. It has nice flow sections and very short uphill sections so no major elevation challenges. 2. Not to many bugs - we didn’t ever use our bug spray. Beautiful trail! Winding in and out along the shoreline, you'll experience ever changing views of the lake and the opposing shore. The trail is well kept... a little gravelly. That made for private access and I didn’t meet a single person on trail till I hit the access road trail back up to car after completing the loop.