The top of Pulpit Rock will offer some of the best views in all of Colorado Springs. On this hike we had our friends with us so that was 4 boys 4 and under! The boys’ ages on this hike were 4 years 8 months, 3 years 3 months, 22 months, and 10 months.
Pulpit Rock is located near N Nevada and I25- across Nevada from the University Village shopping center.
There are three different parking lots to choose from:
1- A small parking lot just north of the Safe Trader and Uhaul (5927 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918). This appears to be the official trailhead for Pulpit Rock Park.
2. There’s a smaller, unmarked plot of land just south of the BMW dealership. This is where we parked.
3. The overflow lot for UCCS- across the street from the Trader Joe’s. Others that we met on this hike informed us that this is the easiest way to access Pulpit Rock.
From where we started (option 2), there’s a steady incline up towards the rock. There wasn’t really any official trail so we just followed worn grass and others’ footprints. Once you’re at the base of the rock, there’s a little more climbing/bouldering necessary in order to get up to the top.
The 3 older boys did amazing climbing up and maneuvering the rocks. They were very excited to reach the top.
VERY IMPORTANT! Once at the top it is possible to fall off, so we did not let go of the boys unless they were sitting down. They are high drop offs so be sure to have hands on supervision of your kids at all times.
To get back down we exited Pulpit Rock east and then went south and again followed an unofficial trail. There’s some butt sliding on the way down. Also, I can see how the parking lot directly across from Trader Joe’s would have lead to an easier hike.
Round trip took us about 90 minutes and was approximately 2 miles. All boys walked just about the entire hike with the exception of the 3 year and 22 month old who were tired and carried a bit on the way down.
Not stroller friendly.
Location: Main trail head just north of Safe Trader 5927 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80918