Hiking Trails in Colorado | Elkhorn Trail and Eagles View Trail Loop

Hiking Trails in Colorado | Elkhorn Trail and Eagle’s View Trail Loop

Trail Information

Trail Name: Elkhorn Trail and Eagle’s View Trail LoopHiking Trails in Colorado Elkhorn Trail and Eagles View Trail Loop

Location: Reynold’s Park Near Conifer, Colorado

Date: March 14, 2020

Time at the Trail Head: 7:15 am

Trail Length: 4.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,059 feet

Elev. at Trail Head: 7,216 feet

# of Hikers Passed: 23

# of Mnt. Bikers Passed: 0

# of Horses Passed: 0

Mosquitoes: 0

Trail Research

I started looking for another trail close to Denver but up in the mountains, so I created filters to find a moderate trail, under 10 miles long but that has incredible views and I found the Elkhorn Trail and Eagle’s View Trail Loop just south of Conifer, Colorado.

Hiking Trails in Colorado Elkhorn Trail and Eagles View Trail Loop

You can learn more about researching trails at www.alltrails.com.

Drive to the Trail

The drive to and from the trial was spectacular as usual, but I especially love the morning drives in the mountains with the sun rising and hitting the mountain peaks.

Drive to Reynolds Park Colorado

Even though, the colors are more vivid after the sun rises higher.

Drive from Reynolds Park Colorado

My Day on the Trail

We were the first ones at the trailhead around 7:15 am on Saturday morning. I can’t say it enough how much nicer it is to hike in the mornings and to not be concerned with how crowded the trailhead parking area will be.

Eagle's View Trail Loop Trailhead

We could tell that this was going to be a beautiful place to hike but before we went far on the trail we were getting some great shots of the sun rising over the Rocky Mountains and warming up the area.

Sun Rising over the Rocky Mountains

Sun rising over Reynold's Park Colorado

The trail isn’t too long but you do have to climb around 1,000 feet in the first mile, however, the hike is beautiful and is not to extreme for most people.

Sun rising on the trail over Reynold's Park Colorado

Rising son shining on a Colorado Trail

The views were even better with the setting moon hanging just above the mountains.

Mood setting over the Rocky Mountains

We kept seeing these beautiful sunrise scenes and it became hard for me to choose which ones to include here and what to leave out.

Snow on a Colorado Rockies trail

Sunrise on a Rocky Mountain trail

We also came across many splits in the trail and it was nice that I had my Garmin inReach Mini with me and the Earthmate app to help me keep on the right trail.

Split in the trail

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The trail was probably 25% clear of snow and ice but there were a lot of areas that we needed our ICETrekkers and Leki Trekking Poles.

ICETrekkers on a Snow packed trail

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  • Riveted to tough rubber sling that fits tennis shoes, boots and dress shoes
  • Sling remains elastic even in subzero temperatures to keep grips secure
  • Self-clearing design prevents snow and ice buildup
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  • Segments:5 pieces

We finally reached the high point on the west side of the trail and were rewarded with some magnificent views to the south and southwest of Pikes Peak and the Rocky Mountains.

Pikes Peak & the Rocky Mountains

Pikes Peak & the Rocky Mountains

This is where I have really had to leave a lot of great photos out or this article might not ever end.

Pikes Peak & the Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains Colorado

It was about 9 am when we reached this area and the temperature was around 45 degrees F. We found a great log to sit on and just enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Rocky Mountains

This is another reason to start your hike earlier. We had at least 20 minutes to ourselves, enjoying the Rocky Mountains, before the first hiker arrived.

Looking west at the Rocky Mountains

Looking southwest at the Rocky Mountains

Not every day is this beautiful in the Rocky Mountains, as you will get snow, rain and high winds at times, but your chances of experiencing great weather is always earlier in the day.

Colorado Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountains

Reyonld’s Park is only 45 minutes from Denver and has a paved road all the way to the trailhead, so it’s easy for most everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Colorado.

Colorado Rocky Panorama

We were finally ready to start heading back down the trail but not before we snapped a few more pictures.

Colorado Rocky Mountains

Colorado Rocky Mountains

The next picture is looking to the southeast towards Castle Rock, Colorado.Rocky Mountains Looking Southeast Towards Castle Rock Colorado

We encountered several slick spots on the trail and it became extremely difficult to stay on our feet, but this was due to the descent being in the shade of the mountain, whereas the ascent was mostly in the sun.

Icy trail

Descent back to the trailhead

We finally were near the trailhead but were able to capture a few more great pictures.

Colorado Rockies trail

Reynold's Park Colorado

Trail Recommendations

This was a great trail, close to Denver, with some magnificent views. There are many trails at the Reynold’s Park that you can choose from, so come on out and enjoy a beautiful Rocky Mountain Morning.

Lessons Learned

Make sure you have some ICETrekkers and Leki Trekking Poles in your backpack in case you need them on a trail. There will be some trails you can leave them in your pack and others you will want to have access to equipment that will help keep you from falling.

Check out this short video of the Elkhorn Trail and Eagle’s View Trail Loop on YouTube.

MAC Nation

On the way home, we stopped in Indian Springs at the MAC Nation Cafe and found some of the greatest Mac n Cheese around. They have about every variation you can imagine.

MAC Nation Cafe Indian Springs Colorado

This is what I would call a Mountain Diner or Cafe and there are so many great places like this in Colorado.

MAC Nation Cafe

MAC Nation Cafe Menu

I ended up choosing the New England Mac n Cheese and we also bought several to take home, including the Chicago Dog, the Colorado, the East Carolina and the Washington.

The New England at the MAC Nation Cafe

I would love to know if you have had any experience on this trail or have other trails you love to hike. Leave a Comment Below or send me an Email.

 

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Elkhorn Trail and Eagle's View Trail Loop

9.3

Scenic Drive

9.5/10

Accessibility

10.0/10

Mountain Views

9.0/10

Lake or Stream Views

9.0/10

Well Maintained Trails

9.0/10

Pros

  • Easy Access
  • Grand Views
  • Scenic Drive
  • Well Maintained Trails
  • Well Maintained Trailhead & Facilities

Cons

  • Popular Destination

6 thoughts on “Hiking Trails in Colorado | Elkhorn Trail and Eagle’s View Trail Loop”

  1. michael beaver

    you made a beautiful site on the great rocky mountains I like that it is a real-life experience post I know if you hike a lot that you see a lot of great places this is a truly wonderful page the pictures were great also I looked at all of them thank you

    1. I am glad you like the website. I love getting out to the mountains here in Colorado. It takes my mind off so many other things going on in the world.

      Rick

    1. Thanks David. It is incredible being able to live and play here in the Rocky Mountains. After our hike yesterday, my son and I were enjoying some lunch at the MAC Nation Cafe near Indian Springs, Colorado, when a friend called me and was really upset about some world news. It was nice to help him calm down and one of the reasons for that is, taking time to explore the outdoors and enjoy time with friends at a mountain cafe really helps.

      Rick

  2. This type of activity is right up my alley.  Beautiful scenery, wide open spaces, no biking, sunshine, fresh air, big hills and no litter.  I have been walking and skiing in Canada and much of Europe and I have done the 3 Peaks Challenge 6 times, so I know how satisfying a good walk can be, I am very envious.

    That’s all I can say, its a great post and site.

    1. I’m glad you liked the article and the website. I am planning on getting to Canada soon and I’ll have to research the 3 Peaks Challenge you mentioned.

      Rick

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