Pulpit Rock Trail
ElevationAscent: 230' 70 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,504' 1,982 m
Low: 6,274' 1,912 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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To get to the start of this trail, you'll start at UCCS lot 580, where parking is free. The trail entrance is located at the southeast corner of the parking lot. Cross the gravel road and hike on the dirt trail that runs adjacent to the road on its south side. At 0.10 miles, you'll hop across the road and find a small trail on your left. Now you'll be looking toward Pulpit Rock, and hiking east and slightly north through tall shrubs on either side of the trail. After another 0.10 miles, when the shrubs end and the trail begins to dip, look for a trail on your left or continue a short distance to where the main trails fork, and turn left.
You'll now be on a wide trail hiking behind a large silver building (the UCCS indoor track and field). After about 0.15 miles, you'll reach another intersection; turn right, and begin the ascent to the ridge of the Pulpit Rock formation. At this point, the trail can be a little washed out, with a deep groove running in the middle. It can be difficult to follow the trail at this point, but keep heading up as there is no way to miss the ridge! About 0.5 miles into the trail is the steepest terrain you'll encounter. This will slow many people down, and it involves stepping over some large rocks.
You'll know when you are on top the ridge. Turn to the west and head on up to the summit. To get to the top you can go directly up, which will require some scrambling up rocks up to 20 feet high, but you'll always have a sure place to step. If you want to avoid the rocks, look for the trail on the left side of the formation. Following this will take you around the north side of the rock and up to the top by steep and narrow trails.
Enjoy the views of Colorado Springs and the Front Range at the top!
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Land Manager: UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)