Colorado Springs Hiking Trails are Fun
One of the things that I love most about Colorado Springs is the ability to hike regularly. There are so many different options.
Biking trails and hiking trails often go hand in hand, so you can also check out Colorado Springs bike trails for additional hiking options.
Always make sure that you have plenty of water and additional layers of clothing in case it (as often happens in summer) starts to rain and the temperature drops. Make sure you wear sunscreen since the Colorado sun is so strong. You can get burnt on a cloudy day.
Some of My Favorite Hikes
Pikes Peak/Barr Trail
I have climbed Pikes Peak three times. From the west, from the east (Barr) Trail, and from the north. The classic route to the summit is up the Barr Trail.
Gold Camp Road
Gold Camp Road is a major access point for biking and hiking up North Cheyenne Canon.
Seven Bridges Trail is accessed from North Cheyenne Canon and Gold Camp Road. If you like hiking along and over a stream, this a great hike, crossing the creek seven times.
St. Mary’s Falls
Like Seven Bridges, St. Mary’s Falls is accessed from Gold Camp Road. It is a fun hike along a stream to St. Mary’s Falls.
Manitou Springs Incline
Thousands of people every year exercise and hike the Manitou Springs incline — a 2500 foot in 1 linear mile killer hike. If you enjoy a challenge in the outdoors, then you’ll enjoy the Manitou Incline. A former cog-railway route up Mt. Manitou, this trail will challenge even the most in-shape hiker. Yet 60,000 people a year climb the route. The Incline rises 2011 feet over 1.02 miles. The grade is a sustained 41%. At its steepest, the grade on the Manitou Incline is 68%.
Eagle Peak is a great alternative to the Manitou Incline and you will see a lot fewer people. It is accessed through the Air Force Academy so you will need id and access will be limited at times. Park at the visitor center to start the hike.
Palmer Park is one of the best places to hike, bike, picnic, and play in Colorado Springs.
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Red Rock Canyon Open Space off Hwy 24 on the westside of Colorado Springs is a great place for hiking, biking and rock climbing. It’s great for family hikes and biking of all sorts.
Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods has hiking for any level. Mostly paved, you can take easy strolls through the area and see these grand rock formations.
Pulpit Rock Open Space
Pulpit Rock Open Space is a great place to escape on any day. There is a pretty easy trail up to the top of Pulpit Rock and the view of the Front Range is worth the trip.
Paint Mines Park
Hiking in Paint Mines Park takes a while since it is way east of Colorado Springs. But it is a fun place to hang out for a few hours.