North Catamount Reservoir is part of the North Slope Recreation Area, a veritable treasure trove of trails, lakes and country roads perfect for hiking, biking, running and fishing. Outdoor enthusiasts will have no trouble spending an entire day of fun at the base of 14000 foot Pikes Peak.
Getting there is easy from Woodland Park. Drive west out of town past Pikes Peak Regional Hospital and start looking on the left side for Edlowe Road. Turn left onto Edlowe Road and drive a couple of miles on the paved road to the end where there is a gate to stop cars at the recreation area and a parking lot at the trail head. There are nice public restrooms there and a map of the area with which to orient the journey over the trail to the reservoir.
The trail to the inlet of the reservoir is a beautiful trek over some vigorous hills through the majestic pines of the Pike National Forest. Fantastic views of Pikes Peak are frequent after the climb over the top of the ridge. A couple miles of trail will end at the dirt road encircling Pikes Peak. To get to the reservoir turn left onto the dirt road and go until the water comes into view. As the road approaches the bank on the left side there is an opportunity to hop the inlet and follow a trail to the right side of the reservoir which either goes to the south bank or over the ridge on a longer trail to South Catamount Reservoir. Hikers would do well to bring food and water to make this journey.
Bike riders and runners can spend all day exploring trails and dirt roads while taking in great views of Pikes Peak and beautiful shimmering blue water.