Take the main road into the Pike national forest (you will pass Staunton state park) and keep driving the main path. Cross the private lake and keep driving till you come to a parking lot on your left. There is a small pathway that will take you down to the river stream. The 1,105,704-acre Pike National Forest includes a large variety of recreation opportunities for every kind of visitor. For backpackers and hikers the Colorado Trail, Lost Creek Wilderness, and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness provide hundreds of miles of trails. Camping is available in approximately 70 developed campgrounds throughout the forest. Mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders are provided with countless areas with a variety of terrain to explore. Anglers can fish for brown, cutthroat, rainbow, and brook trout on wild trout and gold-medal fishing streams. Winter sports enthusiasts will find many trails for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. The Central Colorado town of Fairplay is a major gateway to recreation in the Pike National Forest. The Pike National Forest is located south of Denver and north of Cripple Creek, Colorado. The Pegmatite Points form the northern boundary of the Pike National Forest. The northwestern boundary of the Pike National Forest is the Continental Divide. To the west, the Pike National Forest boundary ends at the Park County Line. The southern boundary of the forest lies north of Cripple Creek on Pikes Peak. To the east the border is formed by Colorado Springs and the central plains. Climate in the Pike National Forest is controlled mainly by the Rocky Mountains. The weather varies extremely on a yearly, daily, and hourly basis. Temperatures are affected by elevation, cooling four degrees for every 1,000 feet gained. The average yearly precipitation is 16 inches, the majority of which comes in spring and summer. Summer temperatures average 72 degrees during the day. Nighttime freezing temperatures are not uncommon during the summer. The mean winter temperature is 26 degrees. The low humidity on the eastern slopes makes both warm and cold temperatures seem more comfortable.