Pike National Forest
Pike National Forest
Things To Do
The recreation resource on the Pike National Forest is widespread and varied. Marking the north end of the is Mount Evans at 14,264 ft. elevation surrounded by the 73,000 acre Mount Evans Wilderness. Mount Bierstadt, another of Colorado's "fourteeners" at 14,060 feet is also located in the Mount Evans Wilderness. North and west of South Park in the western part of the Forest, are the high elevations of the Mosquito Range from Guanella Pass southward to the Buffalo Peaks country. Except for Geneva and Jefferson Creeks, the recreation resource in this large expanse of Park County remains primarily primitive and undeveloped, accessible mainly by four-wheel drive, horse or foot.
Also located in this portion of the Forest is the Windy-Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area. This scenic area, located about four miles northwest of Alma was established in July 1967 to protect a unique grove of beautifully grotesque and deformed bristlecone pine trees.
East of South Park but still in Park County are the popular fishing and camping areas of Lost Park, Tarryall Creek, and Elevenmile Canyon. Most of the Pike National Forest in this area remains undeveloped allowing the visitor to enjoy his recreation experience in a near natural environment.
Tarryall Creek and Lost Park are jump-off points for the Lost Creek Wilderness where motorized travel is prohibited. This approximately 106,000 acre area provides a place within an hours drive of the metropolitan area of Colorado Springs where an individual can experience a wilderness setting. The Lost Creek Wilderness contains bold outcrops of Pikes Peak granite that have been carved into an infinite variety of forms and shapes by the forces of erosion. Great dome-like forms, spires, turrets and arete crests characterize the landscape. Talus slopes of huge boulders are common. Stream courses are tortuous and have in places carved underground channels through the talus debris.
Pike National Forest has numerous developed campgrounds, and of course visitors can primitive camp in most areas of the forest.
Streams and creeks abound in the forest, giving anglers plenty of opportunities.
With so many high peaks, adventurous hikers will find that opportunities abound. The forest has thousands of acres of wilderness.