Manitou Park Lake Trail, located in Manitou Park Recreation Area, makes a 2.4-mile loop hike around Manitou Lake and along meandering Trout Creek north of Woodland Park in Pike National Forest. The trail, beginning at five parking lots on the west side of the lake, encircles the five-acre lake and crosses willowy marshes at the lake’s inlet. A spur trail makes a tight loop north of the lake’s dam along the west bank of twisting Trout Creek. The mile-long loop around the lake is a popular hike by itself, especially with families and fisherman. The north side of the lake offers great views of the rugged north slopes of Pikes Peak reflected in the placid water. Manitou Lake, tucked among open ponderosa pine trees, is a popular trout fishery, especially for kids. A popular picnic area on the west side of the lake has a historic stone pavilion, vault toilets, water, trash collection, and 42 picnic sites with tables and fire grates. A fee is charged to use the recreation area and trail.
Recommended season(s): May through September.
–Stewart M. Green