Experience a high altitude outdoor experience this summer on the South Slope of Pikes Peak!
A lesser-traveled realm of Pikes Peak is now open for the season.
You'll have to plan ahead, though, as has been the case since 2014, when the scenic chain of lakes above 10,000 feet opened to anglers, hikers and bicyclists. The Mason trail is a beautiful nine mile trail, ending at the Boehmer Reservoir. Be on the lookout for moose as they make this area their home. However, fishing remains the main draw to the South Slope. Land managers report Mason Reservoir's fishing conditions are "very good" this season.
To visit South Slope Recreation Area, you'll have to pick a Thursday, Friday or Saturday and hope for good weather. The ranger-patrolled gate only opens those days to people who buy a $20 vehicle permit in advance online (the permit is good for up to eight people).
Article by OutThere Colorado, Seth Boster
Get a map of the South Slope Recreation area at Pocket Pals Trail Maps www.PPTrailMaps.com