14 Dec Manitou Lake Trail
Hiking Trails – Manitou Lake Trail
U.S. Forest Service
From Colorado Springs, take Hwy 24, through Woodland Park. Turn north on Hwy 67 towards Deckers. A bike trail begins at Kelly road in Woodland Park and follows Hwy 67 all the way to Lake Manitou Picnic Ground. Drive Hwy 67 north for 7 miles. Park entrance is on the right.
Fees: Parking fee is $3.00 per vehicle. Golden Age and Golden Access passes will be honored a 50% discount.
Attractions and Considerations:
Foot trail from Lake Manitou Picnic Ground to Colorado Camp Ground. Centennial Foot, Bicycle and Cross-Country Ski trail is a paved trail that extends from Lake Manitou Picnic Ground to Kelly Road, Woodland Park. It offers beautiful views of the Manitou Park area. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. This trail, although steep in parts, could be traveled by wheelchair.
The Manitou lake was a summer hunting ground for the Ute Indians. Lake Manitou is one of the nicest Picnic areas in Teller County with much of the natural beauty of the area preserved.
Centennial Bike Trail
Length: 16.4 miles round trip
Time: 2 hours by bike
Elevation Gain/Drop: 700ft.
Length: 2 miles round trip
Time: 1 hours
Elevation Gain/Drop: 100ft.
Maps: Pike National Forest
Quad Maps: Mount Deception
Beginning Elevation: 7,700 ft at Manitou Lake.
Elevation 7,800 at Colorado Campground. Ending Elevation: 8,500 ft at Kelly Road.
The foot trail makes a nice short family hike. The Centennial bicycle/foot/cross country ski trail is a nice comfortable ride by bike through a partially shaded forest paralleling Hwy 67.
Temperatures are similar to Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are common during the summer.
Not permitted at Lake Manitou Picnic Ground. There are 42 picnic sites and toilet facilities. Red Rocks, Pike Community, Colorado Campgrounds are just south of Lake Manitou by 2 to 6 miles and on the east side of Hwy 67. South Meadows is on the west side of Hwy 67. Painted Rocks campground is a 1/4 mile south on Hwy 67 and then west on Teller County road 78. There is an RV dump station at the Pike Community Campground with both potable and non- potable water. These campgrounds are very popular and fill early in the afternoon. Colorado and Painted Rocks are only open during Spring and Summer. South Meadows and Manitou Lake are open year around.
Potable water is available at the Manitou Picnic Ground during the summer. Water from the lake should be treated before use.
Lake and Trout Creek is available for fishing. Motor boating and swimming are prohibited.