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El Paso County, Colorado

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Top Hiking Spots in and near El Paso County

  • Monument, Colorado

    Mt. Herman & 715 Loop

    4.0
    6.16 mi / 1877 ft gain
    The Basics: Mt. Herman is the most prominent peak overlooking Monument, CO and is easily spotted from I-25. The area between Monument and the mountain hosts a large network of meandering trails that are great for trail running and mountain biking. Our hike today starts at the uppermost parking lo...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Hike Eagle's Peak (USAFA)

    4.0
    2.5 mi / 1100 ft gain
    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 f...
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  • Palmer Lake, Colorado

    Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail

    4.11 mi / 656 ft gain
    This hike starts with a steep uphill, and if that doesn't take your breath away, the views of the lakes definitely will. After the uphill slog, you'll immediately reach the lower reservoir. On still mornings, it offers perfect reflections of its surroundings.  The trail continues along its northe...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Hike to Blodgett Peak

    3.0
    4.5 mi / 2325 ft gain
    Getting There Google Maps + "Blodgett Peak Open Space"= Easy Peasy. The parking lot only accommodates 11 cars with a one of those reserved for handicap.  A port-a-potty is the only facility available at the trail head, so plan accordingly. The Hike Starting out at about 7,000 feet the first mile ...
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  • Larkspur, Colorado

    Spruce Mountain Loop

    4.5
    5.46 mi / 810 ft gain
    Spruce mountain is an approximately 4.2 mile loop outside of Colorado Springs near Palmer lake. The hike is a pretty easy one, that has some great views of the Front Range including peak a boo views of Pikes Peak. Starting at the Trailhead, you can either take the right or left trail which will t...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Hike Pulpit Rock

    4.1
    2.2 mi / 505 ft gain
    Heading South on N. Nevada Blvd. you will pass a Harley Davidson dealership on your left, about a mile after that there is a large parking lot for Pulpit Rock Park. Once you park, there is a clearly marked trailhead that will get you on your way! There are various trails you can take to get the t...
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  • Woodland Park, Colorado

    Lovell Gulch Trail

    5.22 mi / 814 ft gain
    Lovell Gulch Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Woodland Park, Colorado.
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  • Woodland Park, Colorado

    Lowell Gulch Upper and Lower Ridge Trail

    4.0
    4.45 mi / 719 ft gain
    Lowell Gulch Upper and Lower Ridge Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Woodland Park, Colorado.
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  • Woodland Park, Colorado

    Red Rocks at Woodland Park

    4.3
    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    In Woodland Park driving on HWY 24 towards Divide, you will see signs for HWY 67 which is where you'll need to get to. The Road will fork towards the end of town (left being 24 towards Divide, Right being 67). Stay right at the fork onto 67. You will then drive about 2 miles until you see a sign ...
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  • El Paso County, Colorado

    Hike to the top of Castle Rock

    5.0
    2 mi / 800 ft gain
    The Basics: If you've never been to Green Mountain Falls, you're missing out! This tiny mountain hamlet, just off Hwy 24 before Woodland Park, hosts a vibrant collection of local shops and eateries around its community lake. It is also home to many lesser-known hiking trails, including the H.B. W...
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  • Green Mountain Falls, Colorado

    Hike Crystal Falls Trail to Crystal Creek Reservoir

    5.25 mi / 1750 ft gain
    The Basics: The little town of Green Mountain Falls often gets overlooked as motorists speed up Highway 24 to Woodland Park and beyond. However, big hiking opportunities abound here. The town probably has as many miles of hiking trails as it has miles of paved roads! Being on the base of Pikes Pe...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Hike the Upper Loop Trail

    5.0
    0.75 mi / 72 ft gain
    This short spur trail is right off Perkins Central Garden Trail. Most people walk by it because the walkway changes from paved to dirt, but it is definitely a must-see if you're exploring the park. It climbs just a short amount before reaching the rocks you can climb on. Make sure you take a mome...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Perkins Central Garden Trail

    5.0
    1.13 mi / 138 ft gain
    Garden of the Gods has dozens of hiking trails that cover miles through the park itself. The Perkins Central Garden Trail takes you through the heart of the rock formations and really gives you perspective on the size of these red rocks. This trail also takes you past several areas where rock cl...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Bike the Garden of the Gods Loop

    5.0
    6 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Basics: Garden of the Gods is a free, public park on the Western edge of Colorado Springs. Open year round, the excellent paved roads with wide bike lanes provide road bikers with multiple loop options from 3 to 10+ miles. From casual bike riders to seasoned pros, you choose your distance and...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Garden of the Gods Loop

    4.7
    4.28 mi / 581 ft gain
    If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can help to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtain a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free). Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pullouts that you can explore. Many of the trai...
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  • Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Scotsman Trail Loop

    5.0
    1.09 mi / 128 ft gain
    Scotsman Trail Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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