Talon Loops—Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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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.

Talon Loops—Cheyenne Mountain State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Colorado Springs
Distance: 7.9
Elevation Gain: 820 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.25 to 4.5 hours
Season: Best April through November. Open year-round.
Local Contacts: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights Road, Colorado Springs; 719-576-2016; cpw.parks.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/cheyennemountain
Local Maps: USGS Cheyenne Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Talon Loops—Cheyenne Mountain State Park

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