Best Easy Day Hikes Colorado Springs - 3rd Edition  by Stewart M. Green and Tracy Salcedo

Best Easy Day Hikes: Colorado Springs - 3rd Edition Guide Book

by Stewart M. Green and Tracy Salcedo (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Colorado Springs - 3rd Edition  by Stewart M. Green and Tracy Salcedo
Best Easy Day Hikes Colorado Springs includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty-five easy-to-follow hikes on the high plains as well as in the mountains near town. From renowned Garden of the Gods to secluded Mueller State Park, these hikes, most less than 5 miles long, will fuel your Rocky Mountain hiking fever.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes: Colorado Springs - 3rd Edition" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 25.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 25.

This excellent and peaceful loop hike wanders through soaring sandstone formations in the western sector of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The 0.55-mile Contemplative Trail coupled with 0.9 mile of the 1.6-mile-long Sand Canyon Trail forms a wonderful loop hike on the west side of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The hike wanders through soaring fins of sandstone, thickets of scrub oak, ponderosa pine woods, and flower-strewn meadows. The Contemplative Trail section is open to hikers only.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
This secluded hike traverses through grassy meadows, scrub oak thickets, and ponderosa pine woods in the western sector of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. The 3.5-mile-long Blackmer Loop Trail, threading through shallow ravines and contouring across gentle hillsides, is one of the best easy day hikes not only in the 1,680-acre Cheyenne Mountain State Park but also in the entire Colorado Springs area. The singletrack path, shared with mountain bikers, offers great hiking as well as lots of solitude, interesting plant communities, plenty of wildlife, and great views of Cheyenne Mountain towering above. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.7
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Wander through grassy meadows and lush creekside terrain while experiencing local flora and fauna at Bear Creek Nature Center. This loop hike at the Bear Creek Nature Center, part of El Paso County’s Bear Creek Park, links up trails that ring the outer perimeter of the park, offering tranquility on the western edge of Colorado Springs. The park, spreading across scrubby foothills below the mountains, is home to many bird species. You also have a good chance to see other wildlife, including mule deer, red foxes, ground squirrels, and garter snakes. Do dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.25
This fun hike in Cheyenne Mountain State Park explores the hills above the park visitor center, passing open meadows, scrub oak forests, and scattered ponderosa pines. The Coyote Run Trail is a great hike for kids and families in the hills above the Cheyenne Mountain State Park Visitor Center, which makes a good stop with its informative displays as well as books about the area’s natural history. The easy-to-follow singletrack trail has minimal elevation gain, gradual grades, and plenty of rest stops. It’s well marked with signposts at regular intervals. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 1.4
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This excellent loop hike, following four different trails, offers spectacular views of the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak from rocky ridges and wooded valleys. The Edna Mae Bennett Nature Trail is a lovely hike through the ravines and rocky bluffs of expansive Palmer Park in the urban heart of Colorado Springs. The rustic trail climbs high above the houses, affording excellent views and exploring shallow canyons, crumbling rock buttresses, and fanciful hoodoos shaped like primitive sculptures. While most Palmer Park trails are multi-use, you won’t compete with mountain bikers on most of the Bennett Trail—it’s too darn rocky. The trail is easy to follow, with trail markers and metal posts with arrows pointing the way.
Colorado Springs, CO - Birding,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.6
This short loop hike in Fountain Creek Regional Park explores the wildlife-rich ponds and wetlands at the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area south of Colorado Springs. The Fountain Creek Nature Trail loops through the Cattail Marsh Wildlife Area along Fountain Creek. The trail explores an ecosystem of cattail-lined ponds and wetlands that offers great habitat for wildlife. The trail, accessible to strollers when dry, is mostly flat, with only slight hills at the start and finish. The year-round hike affords a much different experince from the mountain trails west of Colorado Springs. No dogs or fishing allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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This pleasant singletrack trail with moderate grades ends with great views from the summit of 9,288-foot Gray Back Peak on the southern edge of the Pikes Peak massif. The 1.9-mile Gray Back Peak Trail offers a marvelous hike that climbs to the rocky summit of 9,288-foot Gray Back Peak, a high mountain on the southeast edge of the Pikes Peak massif. The summit yields great views of Emerald Valley to the west, Cheyenne Mountain to the northeast, and the brown plains below, stretching east toward Kansas. The gravel trail has generally moderate grades and is easy to follow. Horse strings from Emerald Valley Ranch often use the first half of the trail, so it is worn and eroded in places.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.8
This fun hike climbs to the 9,843-foot summit of Grouse Mountain and a spectacular overlook that offers scenic views of Pikes Peak and Mueller State Park. This is a great hike for families and kids, who will enjoy climbing a peak. The wide trail is easy to follow and designated with trail markers at every intersection. The trail is closed from June 1 to 20 every year for elk calving. Begin at the Grouse Mountain trailhead at the northern end of the park road and campground. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 0.8
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A steady climb leads to Horsethief Park, a high mountain meadow, and ends at a cascading waterfall on the western slope of Pikes Peak. Located off CO 67, an oft-traveled route between Divide and the historic mining town of Cripple Creek, the Horsethief Falls Trail offers the solitude and beauty of the Rocky Mountains without straying far from the beaten path. The singletrack dirt trail ends at the crystalline falls, which spill over a jumble of granite boulders. The waterfall is most dramatic in early summer, when it's swollen with snowmelt from Sentinel Point, a spur of Pikes Peak. Although steep at the beginning, the trail is perfect for families and kids. It's also a great winter hike on snowshoes.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.2
Barr Trail climbs 13 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak, but this great day hike follows the trail’s first 3 miles up Mount Manitou to wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. Pikes Peak, looming 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs, is one of America’s most famous mountains. Pikes Peak, looming 8,000 feet above Colorado Springs, is one of America’s most famous mountains. The summit of the 14,115-foot peak is reached by auto road, cog railroad, and the Barr Trail, which climbs 12.6 miles from Manitou Springs to the summit. Barr Trail, while a difficult hike up Colorado’s thirty-first highest peak, is not an easy day hike.
Manitou Springs, CO - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 6.4
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Manitou Lake Trail is an easy, mile-long trail that encircles Manitou Lake north of Woodland Park and Pikes Peak. It’s an ideal hike for families and children with easy grades, nature study, and scenic views. Manitou Lake Picnic Area, administered by Pike National Forest, is a small parkland north of Woodland Park. The easy, mile-long Manitou Lake Trail #670, strolling around the perimeter of the scenic 5-acre Manitou Lake, offers superb views of snowcapped Pikes Peak to the south, good bird-watching with a variety of songbirds and waterfowl, and fishing in the trout-stocked lake. Hand-paddled craft like canoes are allowed on the lake, but swimming and motor boats are not permitted.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
Climb through a pine and fir forest in North Cheyenne Cañon Park to the summit of 7,164-foot Mount Cutler, which offers panoramic views of Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs. Just beyond charming residential districts, a winding road climbs west into this spectacular canyon, which is also one of the city’s oldest parks. The hike up Mount Cutler is the easiest and most accessible summit climb in the Pikes Peak region. Expect great views across North and South Cheyenne Cañons, an easy grade, peaceful pine and fir woods, and airy exposure on the last section.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 1.9
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This popular hike down Outlook Ridge in Mueller State Park offers three scenic overlooks and then a return hike up a wooded valley past Lost Pond. The Outlook Ridge and Lost Pond Loop hike combines seven trails into a single hike. The trail mileage can be shortened, depending on whether you hike out to the three overlooks along the way. Each of those out-and-back trails is 0.6 mile. Mueller State Park spreads across 5,112 acres with an average elevation of 9,600 feet on the west side of 14,115-foot Pikes Peak. The park offers 55 miles of hiking on thirty-seven trails that explore its valleys, ridges, and mountains. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4.65
This loop hike in Paint Mines Interpretive Park traverses prairie grasslands to an eroded badlands of colored sandstone used by ancient Native Americans for paint and pottery. The Paint Mines Trail explores the high prairie and an unusual badlands south of Calhan in eastern El Paso County. The single- and doubletrack trail has easy grades, interpretive signs, and lots of history. It can be hot in summer, and there is no shade. Wear a hat and bring plenty of water. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.7
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This short hike along a paved trail explores the heart of Garden of the Gods Park, a natural wonder of sandstone formations on the west side of Colorado Springs. The Perkins Central Garden Trail, a paved path that loops through the central Garden zone, gets you up close and personal with the Garden of the Gods’ soaring sandstone formations. The wheelchair-accessible trail has gentle gradients and plenty of scenic views. This short hike is simply one that every Colorado Springs resident and visitor should enjoy. The trail is accessible year-round, with every day and season offering new perspectives and views.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.3
These trails explore Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument’s unique fossil record, passing massive petrified tree stumps and old quarries that have yielded some of the world’s best fossilized insects, butterflies, and leaves. The hikes, which are easily combined into a 1.7-mile loop that begins and ends at the monument visitor center, not only offer fun hiking but also are educational. Interpretive signs are scattered along both trails, giving insight into both yesterday’s fossil record and today’s ecosystems. These easy walks are ideal for family adventures. The Ponderosa Loop Trail is also wheelchair accessible. No dogs allowed.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.7
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This short hike, initially following the Intemann Trail, climbs to the summit of 7,361-foot Red Mountain, where you’ll find commanding views of Manitou Springs and Pikes Peak. Red Mountain, a low peak rising above Manitou Springs, offers a great hike to some of the area’s best views. Despite the mountain’s steep slopes, the trail wends to the peak’s 7,361-foot summit with gradual grades that switchback across the steepest slopes. Besides fun hiking and great views, Red Mountain offers a surprise ending—the remains of a restaurant, casino, and summit house of an incline railway.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
A classic hike flanked by towering sandstone walls follows an old road in the heart of Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The Red Rock Canyon Trail explores Red Rock Canyon, the centerpiece of 1,474-acre Red Rock Canyon Open Space. The city of Colorado Springs purchased the park’s initial 787 acres in 2003, saving the area from trophy homes, a golf course, and resort development. Red Rock Canyon itself is a mile-long canyon lined with ruddy sandstone cliffs and floored by scrub oak, cottonwood trees, and grassy meadows.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.2
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A short lollipop loop trail with great views follows a ridge in the southern sector of the Garden of the Gods. The easy Ridge Trail, a local favorite, ascends to a scenic overlook atop a ridge before circling back to the trailhead. The singletrack trail has a good surface, gradual grades, and marvelous views of Keyhole Rock and Gray Rock in the southern part of the Garden of the Gods. The popular trail is for hikers only; no mountain bikes or horses are permitted.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 0.37
This lovely trail leads you through shallow canyons in the Garden of the Gods to a scenic vista amid sandstone pillars. The Garden of the Gods, the most famous natural wonder near Colorado Springs, needs to be at the top of every hiker’s must-see list. A variety of hiking trails explores this spectacular city park. The Siamese Twins Trail, one of the area’s less-traveled easy hikes, offers an excellent opportunity to get off the beaten path in the southwest sector of the park. The hike begins at a marked trailhead at the northwest corner of the parking lot.
Colorado Springs, CO - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Walking - Trail Length: .55
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