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The Pikes Peak region is a hiking and biking mecca, as so many already know.
Here's a look at the top 25 hiking and biking trails, according to visitcos.com
#25. South Slope Recreation Area
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
This area recently opened to the public after being off limits for more than 100 years. Access is by permit only on the ColoradoSprings.gov website. The 4.7-mile trail (one-way) takes you past three reservoirs, through meadows and offers a unique view of the south side of Pikes Peak.
Learn more here.
#24. Pancake Rocks
A 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Woodland Park, rated as difficult. Great for hiking and mountain biking from May to October.
Seth Boster, The Gazette
#23. Mueller State Park
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Scenic wildlife viewing of elk, bighorn sheep and birds on 5,511 acres of land with 55 miles of hiking & biking trails. No dogs. Entrance fee.
#22. The Crags Trail
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
A wonderful 4.2-mile hike in Pike National Forest that is great for families and dogs. If you want a more intense hike, you can go all the way to the summit of Pikes Peak.
#21. Lovell Gulch Trail
This loop trail takes you on a pleasant 5-mile hike near Woodland Park. Once at the ridge you’ll have a great view of the north face of Pikes Peak.
#20. Mt. Cutler
This one-way trail parallels N. Cheyenne Canon Road and heads up to the summit. Along the way, you'll see great views of Stratton Open Space, Seven Falls and Will Rogers Shrine.
#19. Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Rich in both animal and plant life, the park’s gentle trails take you by overhangs, spires, hoodoos, carved walls and chasms that are in beautiful colors such as golden yellow, rose pink, snowy white and mauve. No dogs.
Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
#18. Mt. Hermann trail
A 4-mile out-and-back trail rated as moderate with great views of Monument, Colorado Springs and the mountains.
#17. Ute Pass Trail
The Ute Pass Trail runs along the north side of Pikes Peak. It was believed to have first been a buffalo trail until the 1860's when it became a wagon road. The Ute Indians also used the trail to travel through the Ute Pass.
#16. Catamount Trail
6-mile round trip hike of moderate difficulty that starts in Green Mountain Falls and ends at South Catamount Reservoir.
#15. Seven Bridges
This is an easy to moderate trail as there is a constant gain in elevation as you cross 7 bridges after hiking a portion of the old Midland Railroad line.
Christian Murdock, The Gazette
#14. Helen Hunt Falls
(Officially known as Silver Cascade Trail) This short trail offers a pleasant hike through the forest alongside a cascading stream and waterfall.
#13. North Cheyenne Cañon
You’ll find a variety of trailheads off north Cheyenne Canyon Rd.
#12. Manitou Incline
For the ultimate workout tackle the 1-mile, 2,000-ft. vertical rise trail made from the track of a historic rail car line. Descend on lower 4 miles of Barr Trail.
#11. Intemann Trail
This new 3-mile trail (round-trip) is part of the Intemann Trail and provides access to a summit that was only recently open to the public.
#10. Palmer Loop Trail
(Also known as Red Rock Palmer Loop Trail) A 6-mile loop hike of moderate difficulty among the pine forest with spectacular views, shade and a small waterfall.
#9. Barr Trail
12-mile (one-way) hike gaining 7,800 vertical feet from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Hike down or take the Broadmoor's Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway.
Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette
#8. Midland Trail
This 5-mile trail runs from the town of Manitou Springs to American the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs; some parts of the trail are on streets.
#7. Fountain Creek Park
View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds as you hike these gentle and shaded trails.
Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
#6. Bear Creek Dog Park
Located near the foothills, this 25-acre off-leash park provides dogs and their owners with a variety of hiking options; great amenities such as shade, creek, small-dog area, agility course and restrooms. Named a top-10 US dog park and considered to be among the region's finest.
#5. Austin Bluffs Open Space
This area is known for unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift. The 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads.
#4. Palmer Park
737-acre wildlife preserve offering hiking and biking on a mesa overlooking the city. Enclosed dog park as well as a separate off-leash area with incredible views.
#3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Just south of Colorado Springs you can explore nature’s diversity on 2,700 acres with prairie-to-peak ecosystems on 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. Dogs are welcome. Entrance fee.
#2. Red Rock Canyon Open Space
A variety of trails wind along the canyons and ridges of red rock and provide great views of Garden of the Gods. These trails connect to many other hiking trails in the area. There are two off-leash dog loops and a free-ride bike park.
#1. Garden of the Gods Park
Rated the #1 U.S. park by TripAdvisor, you’ll find both paved and gravel trails that wind through magnificent red rock formations and offer stunning views of Pikes Peak. Off-leash dog area between Rock Ledge Ranch & 30th St.
Reader-submitted photo by C.J. Kyles