Best Easy Day Hikes Colorado Springs by Tracy Salcedo

By Tracy Salcedo

Hikes various from 30 minutes strolls to full-day adventures, this guidebook is for everybody, together with households.

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Maps: USGS Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, Trails Illustrated Pikes Peak/Cañon City. Starting point: Mt. Cutler trailhead in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. Finding the trailhead: From Interstate 25, take the Nevada Avenue/Colorado Highway 115 exit (Exit 140B). Go south on Nevada Avenue/CO 115 for about 1 mile and turn right (west) onto Cheyenne Road. Follow Cheyenne Rd. 6 miles to its end at Cheyenne Blvd. , stay right (west) on Cheyenne Blvd. at this intersection). Go left (west) on Cheyenne Blvd.

4 mile on Pine Drive, then turn left (south) onto an unmarked dirt road. 9 miles, crossing the railroad tracks, to the parking area. Give yourself some extra time to complete this route, or check the railroad schedule beforehand, because the trains that roll through the area have been known to hold hikers hostage in the parking area for up to a hour. Provided you don't have a pressing engagement, this should not pose a problem; it is tough to find a more beautiful place to cultivate idle time. 5 Trail's end at the South Gate Road bridge Page 22 The hike: The Air Force Academy owns some of the most scenic real estate in Colorado Springs.

3 Reach the Siamese Twins Page 32 The hike: A stay in Colorado Springs without a visit to Garden of the Gods Park would be like eating an ice cream sundae without a cherry on topit's yummy, but you know something's missing. Siamese Twins Trail Page 33 A variety of hiking opportunities are available in this spectacular park. The Siamese Twins Trail described here is one of the easy trails less travelled, which, coupled with the truly remarkable views seen from Twins, makes it a true gem. The oval opening chiseled by wind and water into the Siamese Twins formation frames a perfect picture of Pikes Peak.

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