Colorado Rock Star LbNA # 21858
|Placed Date||Mar 26 2006|
|Location||Colorado Springs, CO|
|Last Update||Aug 8 2012|
Update: Box verified (in place and in good condition) by placer on 4/24/12.
This is a kid-friendly hike. The round-trip distance is about 1.7 miles. There are nice views of Pikes Peak and some interesting rock formations. Be sure to bring your compass.
Start from the Pulpit Rock Trailhead:
From southbound I-25, take Exit 148 to North Nevada Ave. At the light at the bottom of the ramp, turn left. Go under the freeway and straight through the next light. Once you are southbound on Nevada, turn left at the next traffic signal. The road veers to the left. Shortly after you pass Luisa Graff Jewelers, look for a right turn into a dirt parking lot...the Pulpit Rock Park and Trailhead.
From northbound I-25, take the North Nevada Ave. exit. At the light at the bottom of the ramp, go right. Once you are southbound on Nevada, turn left at the next traffic signal. The road veers to the left. Shortly after you pass Luisa Graff Jewelers, look for a right turn into a dirt parking lot...the Pulpit Rock Park and Trailhead.
Begin your hike on the dirt trail by the sign. You soon come to a fork in the trail...stay right. About 0.25 mile from the start, you come to a "T" intersection. Turn left at the "T" intersection. About 0.4 mile from the "T" intersection, you will come to a place where the trail curves fairly sharply to the right (and you can see a bridge right ahead). (This is not the bridge with a railing and the "Caution: Wet and Icy areas..." sign. Go a bit further and you will find where the trail curves sharply near the next bridge.) Stand in the middle of the path where it starts to curve to the right. Take a compass reading of 70 degrees and follow the trail indicated. Follow this trail for about 325 feet. It will take you down into a gully and back up the other side. You will come to a crossroads where four trails meet. At the intersection of the trails, take a compass reading of 0 degrees and follow the trail indicated. As you climb, notice the hoodoo rock formations you are approaching. When the trail comes to the base of the rock formations (about 0.13 mile from the intersection of the paths), the trail veers to the left. Near the point where the trail starts to veer to the left, you will see a rock about 5 feet tall next to a tree (on the left side of the trail). Stand at the base of the rock and take a compass reading of 298 degrees and walk 19 paces (or about 25 paces for a child). Take a compass reading of 96 degrees and face in that direction (no paces). You should be looking right through an eye hole in the rock formation. That means you are in the right place! Then, from that same location, take a compass reading of 348 degrees and walk 14 paces (or about 19 paces for a child). Then, take a compass reading of 10 degrees and walk 13 paces (or about 17 paces for a child). Then, take a compass reading of 2 degrees for 30 paces (or about 39 paces for a child). You should be at the base of a large rock pillar (about 15 feet high). Look for the letterbox at the base of the tree next to the rock pillar. After you put the box back in its place, please use rocks, leaves, etc. to cover it up.