Talon is a hiking and biking trail in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is within Cheyenne Mountain State Park. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 6,571 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,262 feet.
Talon Professional Reviews and Guides
"From prairie grasslands through oak shrublands to montane forests, a loop on the Talon, North Talon, and South Talon trails provides a sampling of Cheyenne Mountain State Park’s variety. At 9,565 feet, Cheyenne Mountain towers above you to the west. Various raptors, including peregrine falcons, prairie falcons, and golden eagles, soar overhead. Interpretive signs along the way explain the park’s many features. One overlook with a bench is a great place for lunch as you enjoy an outcrop of pink Pikes Peak granite. The hike crosses an interesting rock ?n on North Talon before looping through thick forest on South Talon and returning back to Talon."
--Sandy Heise and Maryann Gaug, Best Hikes Near Denver and Boulder (Falcon Guides).
"This route features a mixture of wide paths and flowing singletrack, some within forest, some in open meadows. Some rocky sections and exposed tree roots require focus and agility.
From the trailhead, head west across the footbridge to join the Talon Trail. The start of the run is relatively flat, but the route is deceptive at first glance. There are numerous climbs and rolling switchbacks to enjoy along this route, the first of which is within one half-mile and continues uphill for 2 miles. There are grades upward of 20 percent on the route."
--Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones , Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
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