Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Photos: Gallery | Colorado Springs Gazette, News

25 most popular hiking and biking trails in Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region

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

South Slope Recreation Area

#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.

The Gazette

0

#24. Pancake Rocks

Difficulty: Difficult

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. 

Learn more here.

Seth Boster, The Gazette

0
Mueller State Park

#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. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0

#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. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Lovell Gulch Trail

#21. Lovell Gulch Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

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. 

Learn more here.

Seth Boster, The Gazette

0
Mt. Cutler

#20. Mt. Cutler

Difficulty: Easy

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. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Paint Mines Interpretive Park

#19. Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Difficulty: Easy

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. 

Learn more here.

Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

0
Mt. Hermann trail

#18. Mt. Hermann trail

Difficulty: Moderate

A 4-mile out-and-back trail rated as moderate with great views of Monument, Colorado Springs and the mountains. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0

#17. Ute Pass Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

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.

Learn more here.

manitousprings.org

0
Catamount Trail

#16. Catamount Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

6-mile round trip hike of moderate difficulty that starts in Green Mountain Falls and ends at South Catamount Reservoir. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Seven Bridges

#15. Seven Bridges

Difficulty: Moderate 

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.

Learn more here.

Christian Murdock, The Gazette

0
helen hunt falls

#14. Helen Hunt Falls

Difficulty: Moderate

(Officially known as Silver Cascade Trail) This short trail offers a pleasant hike through the forest alongside a cascading stream and waterfall.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
North Cheyenne Cañon

#13. North Cheyenne Cañon

Difficulty: Moderate 

You’ll find a variety of trailheads off north Cheyenne Canyon Rd. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
INCLINE

#12. Manitou Incline

Difficulty: Difficult

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.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0

#11. Intemann Trail

Difficulty: Moderate 

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.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0

#10. Palmer Loop Trail

Difficulty: Moderate

(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.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Barr Trail

#9. Barr Trail

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult

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.

Learn more here.

Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette

0
Midland Trail

#8. Midland Trail

Difficulty: Easy

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.

Learn more here.

Christian Murdock, The Gazette

0
Fountain Creek

#7. Fountain Creek Park

Difficulty: Easy

View wildlife, marshes, streams and ponds as you hike these gentle and shaded trails.

Learn more here.

Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

0
Dog park feature

#6. Bear Creek Dog Park

Difficulty: Easy

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. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Austin Bluffs Open Space

#5. Austin Bluffs Open Space

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This area is known for unique rock formations created by the most recent geological uplift. The 585 acres can be accessed via two trailheads. 

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Palmer Park

#4. Palmer Park

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Cheyenne Mountain State Park

#3. Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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.

Learn more here.

The Gazette

0
Visitors hike along the Contemplative Trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space Friday, April 21, 2017, between rain showers. The City of Colorado Springs purchased Red Rock Canyon with TOPS money in 2003 to be used as public open space.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

#2. Red Rock Canyon Open Space

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

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.

Learn more here.

Christian Murdock, The Gazette

0

#1. Garden of the Gods Park

Difficulty: Easy

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. 

Learn more here.

Reader-submitted photo by C.J. Kyles

0