Wilkerson Pass Visitor And Interpretive Center

Puma Point Trail

This easy trail provides many opportunities for nature lovers. It winds through a forest of pine, spruce, and aspen with elevation changes and subtle differences in vegetation. Wildlife watchers may see everything from deer or elk to ground squirrels or chipmunks. Bird lovers are sure to see the stunning blue flash of the mountain bluebird, one or two varieties of humming birds, or even the red-tailed hawk or bald eagle. Bluebird boxes have been placed along the hike and are monitored weekly. Ask to see the status sheet on these boxes or ask to see the bird list for other bird sightings in the area.

In addition, wildflowers abound in the meadows or can be found nestled among the aspen groves, especially from mid June through August.

Be sure to bring a camera, drinking water, a rain jacket, hat, comfortable walking shoes and sunglasses. Walking sticks and field guides to the flora, fauna and wildlife of the area are available for sale in the visitor center, as well as other books on the history of Colorado and the local area.

Length : 0.9 Mile Loop
Difficulty : Easy
Trail Head : 9,502 Feet
Trail Highest Point : 9,580 Feet (est.)
Trail End : 9,502 Feet
Handicapped Accessible : no
Recommended Season : spring-summer-fall
Use : day hiking, backpacking
USGS Map : Glentivar, CO

Directions

Begin the trail behind the Wilkerson Pass Visitor Center, which is located 47 miles from Colorado Springs on Colorado State Highway 24. If you are coming from the west, the Visitor Center is located 25 miles from the small town of Hartsel at the junction of SH 24 and SH 9.