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13 most difficult hiking trails in Colorado Springs and Pikes Peak region

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pikes Peak region with these 13 moderate to difficult hiking and biking trails.
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#13. 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.

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#12. 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.

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#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.

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#10. North Cheyenne Cañon

Difficulty: Moderate 

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

Learn more here.

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#9. 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.

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#8. 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.

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#7. 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.

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#6. 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.

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#5. 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. 

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The Crags Trail

#4. 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.

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#3. 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.

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#2. 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.

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A hikers climb the Manitou Springs Incline Tuesday, May 24, 2016.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

#1. 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.

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