Tucked away in the heart of Colorado Springs, a seemingly innocuous network of bike trails holds more than meets the eye. Catering to a mix of cyclists, joggers, hikers, and pet owners, this 6-mile trail system offers a blend of terrain types and connectors to bigger trail adventures. Whether you're a seasoned mountain biker or a family looking for a nice day out, here's what you can expect from this very easy-level trail network.
For those who love a good hill climb, this trail network delivers a satisfying punch. The trails offer not just flat terrains but also a range of uphill and downhill sections to keep the ride interesting. While they are mostly flat systems, heading west or east introduces some slopes that can serve as a good muscle warm-up.
For mountain bikers who love a little extra, the network has seen the addition of MTB-specific narrow singletrack trails. These trails are an excellent addition for bikers who crave a challenging yet short loop. Additionally, Stephanie's Trail near the junction of Lower Gold Camp and Bear Creek Roads provides a steeper climb, technical spots, and serves as a fun singletrack alternative.
It's a community affair on these trails; expect to share the paths with hikers, joggers, and dogs, especially on weekends. This means that the downhills won't allow you to go full throttle, given the need to be considerate of others on the trail.
From I-25, take the exit at US 24 West, Cimmaron St. and head west. At the second stoplight (21st St.), turn left. The trail starts on the right after the big hill. Parking is available on the right side.
To avoid the scorching sun and maximize your experience, early mornings are the best time to hit these trails.
While this trail network might not provide the most challenging singletracks or the most scenic landscapes, it does serve as a good connector to other more prominent trails. It's versatile enough for a quick, mellow ride, yet intricate enough for more serious cyclists to enjoy some good old dirt and gravel. Overall, it serves as an excellent starting point for more significant adventures, particularly for families and community riders.So next time you're in Colorado Springs, grab your bike and head over to explore this modest yet delightful trail network.