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About Pike National Forest
Campgrounds in Pike
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The road to kite lake is long and rough. I made it in a compact car, but it was tricky. The worst part is right before the campground. Once you're there, its beautiful, but cold, so be prepared! Its name is Kite Lake because it looks like a kite on a string from way above. You can bag three 14ers from this site; Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Democrat, and Mt. Cameron. Mount Bross is also a 14er, but it is currently on private property, so you are asked to please respect those rules. The powers that be are currently trying to gain access to the mountain and having people trespass isn't making it any easier.
In upper loop, sites 25-31 offers lots of free wood in forest behind, and 4 cool teepee structures kids will love to find. Stayed in 23/24 double site, which gets you an extra table and parking spot. Kenosha pass is 5 min away for a Colorado trail hike.
Booked a great campsite through the fed website up 11 mile canyon, only to have the booking cancelled less than 24 hours before we left town (flooding, apparently). Round Mountain put us in the same area and wasn't terribly difficult to find. The area is first come first serve, but since we arrived on a Thursday space wasn't too hard to find. By Friday night, though, everything was booked out.
Quick drives into Lake George and to Spinney Resevoir for some awesome fishing.
Drawbacks: it does get kind of loud and crowded in the summer months. And there's a shooting range at M Lazy C Ranch that goes all day.
Do not camp at site #8; it has absolutely no decent place to pitch a tent. We tent camp often and it's safe to say this was THE WORST campsite. Ever.
Now, as for the other sites... the first ones looked nice but I'd worry about getting flooded in the event of rain. In fact most of the sites seemed to have gullies running thru them. I'd say the "best" sites are 9, 10 & 15.
The sites are extremely close together but even if they were a half mile apart, there would be no escaping the loud and fowl-mouthed group of men next to us, drinkin' round the campfire. We got to hear them debase women and use the f-word all night long. Both nights. Sigh. The campsite host was there only briefly in the two nights we spent there. What a shame.
We camped out here last weekend to watch the Perseid meteor shower and couldn't have been more pleased! It was remote but still close to Denver. The site was HUGE and flat, perfect for our tent. There happened to be a bunch of horse trailer campers up there this weekend, and we even got to go on a little bareback ride up one of the many trails. Highly recommend this spot.
Great little campsite right on the river, right off the highway.
About 100 yards from the parking lot to the furthest campsite.
Gets pretty busy on the weekends, lots of fishermen use the area as river access.
There is NO TRASH PICKUP here. So, for the love of all things holy, please pack your trash out.
This campground was such a bummer. It's basically just a large pull-out on the side of a fairly busy mountain road. For $15/night you get a little piece of dirt, a table, and a fire ring. There were a few unlevel porta-potties in the parking lot which were the extent of the facilities. We happened to come through on a Friday, so it was very busy and loud until the wee hours of the morning. I would stay again if it was free dispersed camping, but definitely not for what they charged.
If you want privacy this is an excellent place to go. I was the only one there in my time. There's a trailhead in the camp which leads you to the Rich creek trail. There is an outlook about 30 minutes hike from camp that is a quick trip. I would also recommend driving up the trail road that goes by the camp. Disperse camping spots right by the creek. Beautiful place high on my list.
History of Pike National Forest
The 1,106,604 acres of Pike National Forest falls within Clear Creek, Teller, Park, Jefferson, Douglas and El Paso counties. The Pike National Forest was set aside as a Forest Reserve and later was designated a National Forest in 1906.