Road trip hike: Nate Stultz Trail 

click to enlarge BOB FALCONE
  • Bob Falcone

I'm always on the lookout for a new hiking trail. I'll even spread some maps out on the living room floor and pore over them until I find something new.

Recently, during one such exercise, Forest Service Trail 665, in the Pike National Forest north-east of Tarryall Reservoir in Park County, caught my attention. The trail, also known as a the Nate Stultz Trail, is a pleasant, moderately difficult trail that reaches around 11,000 feet in elevation over roughly 8 miles out and back. I found a lot of conflicting information about the location of the trailhead, length of the trail, and even found that maps for the area were incorrect. The information in this slideshow is from my own research, and current as of June, 2018.

To get there: Take US 24 west from Colorado Springs to Park County Road 77, just west of Lake George. Turn north on CR 77 and follow it for 27 miles to Al Gulch Road, about 3 miles past Tarryall Reservoir. Turn right onto Al Gulch Road, which becomes Forest Service Road 141, and follow it for about 3.2 miles. At the bend in the road, look for a large, grass parking area on the left and a sign with trail information — the trail starts behind the sign. The road to the trailhead is passable by almost any vehicle (low-clearance cars beware)

Happy trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 26 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.


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