Rampart Reservoir

4.08 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 1,000 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
This trail is an excellent ride for riders of almost all skill levels. The scenery is excellent, the trail is fast yet technical, and the length is just right. The only problem is, some of the other users of this trail aren't too friendly (depends). Anyway, to avoid any dirty looks, etc, ride this route clockwise. Follow the double track / dirt road down from the trailhead. At the bridge on the right, CONTINUE straight to do this loop in an acceptable manner. There are alot of side trails here but as long as you stay close to the lake front, you will not get lost. This trail reminds me of some east coast rides, particularly lake rides like Tsali and Owl's roost. Lots of trees, lots of technical sections involving large rock formations (although each of these can be avoided by taking an alternate route around them). Keep your eye out. Oh yeah, and be courteous. When someone yields trail to you, say thanks, say hello when you pass, etc. A great ride.

You can also go camping nearby at Meadow Ridge.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (62 total check-ins)
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  jkedwards   on Jul 7, 2019
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Reviews (51)

Granny Gear

October 30, 2017
Review: Great ride today. Very fun up and down around the reservoir. A couple areas I had to walk but did see trails that would avoid those areas. Beautiful day and trail!

Granny Gear

July 8, 2017
ABeaudoin Granny Gear  
Review: Overall a great ride, even though there were some slippery/steep places I had to walk my bike through (maybe 150 feet at most, spread around the loop). Good mix of technical sections with smooth, fast areas. Not for beginners or younger riders. Great views all around the lake, too. A fun ride.

Bunny Hop

July 7, 2017
Review: This is a really nice trail, some smooth flowy sections, some very technical rocky sections, big rocks, and a lot of loose fine gravel on the trail. We had a lot of fun, but had to walk the bikes through the really tough spots. Watch the blind corners or be surprised by hikers. A couple sections are very close to lake and steep, Slide off the trail here and end up in the lake. Crowded on weekends.

Bunny Hop

June 22, 2017
JamzMan777 Bunny Hop  
Review: The VIEWS are nothing short of spectacular. I did the entire 16 mile loop and although I hiked a lot, it was worth every minute of effort. I am a low to medium intermediate weekend warrior rider that enjoys a good endurance challenge. This trail was almost too much for me going counter clockwise. (But hey i finished!) As a previous reviewer mentioned, there are some areas that must be done carefully or you could die. He was not kidding. In some areas (way less than 1% of the trail)one wrong move and there would certainly be carnage. I felt some adrenaline kick in but did not really think of the potential loss until afterwards. Lol. If you are super careful ... no worries, but I would not recommend inexperienced riders of any kind and no kids on bikes - there are some narrow areas that could lure someone into suddenly making a mistake.. There are also some areas you will have to hike and may present extreme difficulties for someone with a bike (narrow, steep, slippery with gravel). I am sure expert riders out there might think I am overstating this difficulty, but unless you like going up and down 70 degree vertical inclines over sand and gravel through and over pure huge rock formations... you will definitely be experiencing a hiking challenge. Even still I give this trail a 4 because it is purely exotic. You'll be so hypnotized by the surrounding beauty that having a smooth ride wont matter and if you keep moving you can finish the 16 miles in less time than someone just hiking. Took me and my adult daughter(18) about 5 hours including an hour or so for fun time near the water, granola bar breaks, and just time to soak in the scenery. As with all Colorado Mountain biking it's best if you can leave in the morning hours, but we did this starting at noon and enjoyed the blazing sun and high 90 degree temperatures. Fortuntately, the cold breezes off the visible snow capped mountains and ice cold resevoir kept us cool most of the time. If you like a challange and like great Colorado scenery, you will want to add this to your must do list. *** note: the directions through singletracks lead you to the trailhead at a nationional forest campground which requires a fee of entry of $6.00 cash or check only per car. However, if you can make it to the Dam to park, it may be free.


June 26, 2016
jkedwards Trailblazer  
Review: I haven't been riding very much lately and had a good time on the trail. It was a little tricky since I hadn't ridden it before with coming around corners and being on top of technical parts but those would get easier with repetition.

Bunny Hop

July 5, 2015
shawnCOS. Bunny Hop  
Review: Beautiful trail. Some water crossings and technical spots. But overall very rideable. A must ride trail for the Pike's Peak region !

Granny Gear

June 24, 2015
Review: Extreme...there are places that will Kill ya..! Maybe it's washed out some - but still Extreme and Tricky - be ready.

June 22, 2015
Review: I have been riding this trail for years and it is one of very favorites. This year, there are a lot of new spots that are very muddy and lots of water. Particularly at the beginning, down by the water. There is a section that is impossible to ride and I had to get off the bike and actually walk through the mud for probably 15 feet. Other than that, the trail is awesome as usual.

Bunny Hop

June 15, 2015
shawnCOS. Bunny Hop  
Review: Great trail around rampart reservoir. Beautiful views of Pike's Peak. Some technical spots on the north trail of reservoir. Great place to camp and mountain bike !!!

Granny Gear

June 3, 2015
J.A.T Granny Gear  
Review: I rode this trail for the first time today, and can't wait for my next chance to do it again. I almost didn't bother giving this place a chance because of a few of the reviews on this site and other sites from people claiming to be advanced mountain bikers and exaggerating the amount of hike a bike stuff. Seriously, almost the entire trail is ride-able. I'd say I am an intermediate avid mountain biker and I probably only walked about 100ft of the 14 miles, at the most. Furthermore, many of the short sections that I did walk I think most intermediate to advanced riders could clear them if they tried a couple times, or rode the trail a few times and started getting to know where the the short rocky sections are at and geared down appropriately.

The trail is mostly fast and curvy with minimal climbing. I am actually really grateful for the short technical sections that show up intermittently that keep things interesting. The scenery is awesome as well, and only makes the ride that much better. Hard to find a better place than this, feels remote, green trees, beautiful lake, and Pikes Peak in the background.

Rampart Reservoir MTB Trail 4.08 out of 5 based on 51 ratings. 51 user reviews.
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