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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Turn right (west) on Gateway Road, which becomes Juniper Way Loop as you circle the Gateway Rocks, and go 1 mile to where the road splits. 9 mile to the Spring Canyon trailhead. 1 mile to the parking lot. 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.

8 miles). If you've Page 52 had enough, this makes a wonderful picnic spot and turnaround point. If you decide to continue, the path alternately traverses and climbs switchbacks up the south-facing slope of the canyon, gradually bearing west. A rocky ridge slices down between the trail and the route of the cog railroad far below, and a spring feeds a small patch of lush greenery. Pass through a tunnel made of rocks that have fallen like dominos against each other, then past a ''real'' tunnel of concrete off to the right (northeast).

While the hikes venture into steeper terrain, they have this in common: they lie within an hour's drive of Interstate 25, the main artery through Colorado Springs. Directions to trailheads begin at I-25. Hikes are listed from south to north as they would be reached from the interstate, and then from east to west along US Highway 24, which leads from the Springs into the high country. Page 43 11 Mt. Cutler Trail Type of hike: Out-and-back. Total distance: 2 miles. Elevation gain: 415 feet. Maps: USGS Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, Trails Illustrated Pikes Peak/Cañon City.

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