• Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    4.76 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nestled behind Pikes Peak, the Rock Pond trail offers spectacular views of the front range as well as ample wildlife viewing opportunities.

This hike begins at the east side of the Visitor's Center parking lot. The Visitor's Center keeps a record of any recent wildlife sightings, so its a good idea to check in the building if your goal is to see some animals. Otherwise, head to the end of the parking lot and take trail #5 down the hill.

There's a few splits along the way, but as long as you stay on trail #5, you'll get there in no time! The trail winds it's way downhill the entire way to the pond, so you'll get to your destination a lot faster than you'll get back to the car. Keep an eye out for mule deer and hawks along the way. 

About two tenths of a mile from the pond, the trail splits and you can go right to go to Rock Pond or go left to go to Brook Pond. Going to Brook Pond adds 0.42 miles to your hike, and it's just as beautiful as Rock Pond. 

There's a great spot to stop and have a snack at Rock Pond, so when you arrive sit back and enjoy the views! 

Pack List

  • Mueller State Park entrance fee ($7)
  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Traction (if it has snowed recently)
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