2-wheel drive trailhead (some choose to bike up the road to the reservoir, then hike to the summit)
Trailhead Elevation: 9,800'
Total Climbing: about 2,700'
Distance: 7.5 miles (one-way)
4-wheel drive trailhead
Trailhead Elevation: 11,800'
Total Climbing: about 625'
Distance: 1.5 miles (one-way)
From Gold Camp Road, turn onto Forest Road 379. You will need 4WD (or better yet, a mountain bike) on FR 379. Drive past Frosty Park, then Deer Park, then turn right onto FR 379A. The road is gated at about 11,800'. Find a good place to park, then hike around the gate.
Hike around the gate and continue along the 4WD road, which leads to Stratton Reservoir.
As an alternative, find the trail that leads from the flat section just below the gate. It has a sign at the beginning that says "No Vehicles". This descends slightly, then, past a sign that says "No Motor Vehicles", ascends to the reservoir.
Go around the reservoir by crossing the spillway, then follow the trail up to the saddle. The summit is just past the saddle. From here you'll have a great view of Pikes Peak.
Take the time to walk around and explore the mountain. You'll see different views from different parts of the mountain. Return back to the reservoir. If you have time, follow the 4WD road up to Baldy and the radio towers for some more unique views.
Since this is a pretty short hike you won't need to bring much. Water, sunscreen, and your camera should suffice.
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