Hike Eagle's Peak (USAFA)
Colorado › Eagles Peak Trail (USAFA)
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The view from the top has great views of the Front Range and Rampart Range Mountains and from the top you can see the Stanley Canyon Reservoir. The fall allows for great views of the Golden Aspen trees changing colors.
This is a short trail that goes very high in elevation. In about 1.25 miles you can go about 2000ish feet in elevation change. You need to wait till 9am to start the hike as it sits on the US Airforce Academy. It is definitely worth it. Bring shoes that can handle the rocky terrain.
You take the first right after you pass the pond and hike up from the trail head. The Academy has asked that people park down at the visitors center. Definitely bring water as its very tough hike and takes a lot of energy. Bring a snack for the top and enjoy the view.
In the winter, it gets very icy, so bring snow shoes and crampons if you understand how to use that equipment.
- Crampons if there is snow
- Plenty of water
- Good shoes with traction
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Eagles peak trail is located next to US Air Force Academy base. Make sure you have an ID on you since there's guarded gate where you might be checked and asked for one. Trail starts just across the road of Visitors center. It's easy to to navigate at first though later you might get confused since there's not a lot of signs indicating where the actual trail is. When you approach sort-of opening from the forest try to keep left along to the spring. Going forward you should see blue dots on trees/rocks all the way to the top. In general it's a great hike and the view is worth the effort.
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