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Pipeline Trail (#668)

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.9 mile 4.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,161' 354 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 10,211' 3,112 m
Low: 9,081' 2,768 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)

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Enjoy a splendid, forested hillside alongside North Cheyenne Creek.

K Keiter

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Teens or hiker families would enjoy this trail.

Water from streams should be treated before use. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate supply.

Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along this trail. Camping is recommended 300' away from any trail or stream. Use no-impact camping techniques. Campfire permits are not required, but please be sure your fire is dead out before you leave. Pack it in/Pack it out.

Description

Pipeline Trail (#668) is a multi-use trail that's part of the Captain Jack’s Trail System. Motorcycles and bikes commonly enter this track from Foresters Trail (#701) and travel the opposite direction of foot traffic, making it easier to spot each other and maintain trail courtesies.

To access this trail on foot, park at Gold Camp Rd. and High Drive. Take Gold Camp Rd. to the trailhead of 7 Bridges Trail (#622). Upon completion of the 7 Bridges Trail (#622) is the access point for Pipeline Trail (#668). This junction is a nice place for a short break with a view overlooking Pike National Forest.

From here, follow the Pipeline Trail (#668) trailhead signs and continue along the ridgeline until the first creek crossing. This crossing can become deep and wide if there has been any precipitation or increased runoff. Continue through a deep-seated arroyo and onto a gentle ramble lined with charming wildflowers and tall grasses alongside the lively North Cheyenne Creek.

The trail passes over two more trickling seeps prior to beginning a rocky incline. More wildflowers edge the trail as the grade increases and comes upon another three creek crossings. Once again, the water level of these crossings can become high.

The path from here ascends through heavily forested terrain and another two crossovers before an arduous climb next to the tumbling, burbling North Cheyenne Canyon Creek. The beauty of the creek makes the climb less burdensome.

The final passage of the trail wanders through more heavy forest just before it meets Foresters Trail (#701).

Flora & Fauna

Timbers include spruce, aspen, and mixed pine. Wildflowers comprise of Indian Paintbrush, Wild Primrose, Blue Columbine, and Yellow Yarrow. Various grasses, birds, and snakes can be seen as well.

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Jul 12, 2017
K Keiter
FSR 379 to Foresters Trail (3701) to Pipeline (#668) to 7 Bridges Trailhead (#662) and back. — 4h 15m — 4h 15m

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The fourth creek crossing is a bit wider and deeper. Careful footing along the bottom to avoid slipping is necessary.
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Blooming Columbines border the path on Pipeline Trail (#668).
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Intersection of Foresters Trail (#701) and Pipeline Trail (#668).
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
View of Mount Rosa from Pipeline Trail (#668).
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Pipeline Trail (#668) wanders into a deep arroyo.
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Pipeline Trail (#668) has a total of seven creek crossings.
Jul 12, 2017 near Manitou…, CO

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