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Aiken Canyon Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 449 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Recordings (158)
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Maggie G
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HikingRocky

Really beautiful area but the trail is really narrow and rocky in some parts. I feel like I was more focused on where my feet were going than the views themselves.

Adam Kiesling
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Hiking

Wide variety of scenery on this trail, mostly unshaded though, so it can get hot.

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Janet Risovi
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Hiking

Beautiful variety of plants and trees. Had it all to ourselves today except for rattlesnake about foot from trail that luckily warned us of its presence. Highly recommend at least one hiking pole to maneuver a few rocky patches and guard off snakes. Trail isn’t hard to follow but very narrow in places. Single file is only way to go for most of the way.

Sheyna Ruzycki
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Hiking

This is a great easy family friendly hike with good views! Suggest going earlier when it’s cooler as there is a lot of sun on the route but it was nice! Weren’t too many people but we started a little earlier, when we were finishing up around 11am we could tell it was getting a little busier!

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Brandy Pendleton
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Hiking

Really nice hidden gem. The loop is about 3 miles but there is a sign that points to an overlook about halfway around the loop. It is SO worth the extra mile-ish. Gorgeous views on both side of the canyon. The whole trail is really pretty, lots of cacti and some wildflowers starting to bloom. I think it was a little more moderate than easy, especially adding the overlook portion.

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Roy CO
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HikingRockyWashed out

Lollipop trail- About .7 miles to your decision to take a left or right?? We went left and it was a nice steady climb. First off-shoot is a short climb to an overlook area- worth the time, take a break good views. Back on trail and next off shoot is to the canyon- Again worth the time to go explore. Trail was dry mainly narrow single track, rocky in some areas with a few dry (at this time) stream crossings- travels well. hiking poles if you want but not needed. We had rain, sun, hail, sun snow and some more warm sun this morning- typical weather for this time of year. Overall great hike worth doing again.

Heather McLeod
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HikingOff trailSnow

Good loop. Took our 6 and 8 year old. Not crowded at all. Beautiful views.

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Bee Lover
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky
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Robert Tillman
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HikingOff trail
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Jane Scanlon
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Hiking

Be sure to follow sign to the “canyon” About midway around the loop; trail takes you to the narrow interior of canyon. It clearly ends. Turn around and return to loop. It’s lovely!

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Jolene Hamann
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Hiking

Great trail with our kids 13, 7, and 5. I would have rather gone up the more narrow steep parts than down, so go left at the first split if that’s you. Great scenery and nice and dry. Perfect on a 48 degree day! Not many people - saw not more than 7 other groups of people and a few were solo hikers on a Sunday afternoon.

Mindy Bird
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Hiking

nice easy trail,plenty to look at,nice and dry,not too many people

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David Dornbrack
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Hiking

Well cut one track trail. Nice easy stroll. Overlook adds a nice steep goal in the middle of the hike(that can be bypassed if you choose). South facing trail, so it is a nice warm hike for winter days. Probably too hot for mid summer days. Left side has more interesting terrain, but right gains altitude so moderately you don't even realize you are going up till right at the center. The parking lot is just to the right of the private property gate. Thank you to all the property owners nearby who make this open space trail possible. Be sure to stay on the trail and off private property. The trail does NOT follow the wash except for a very small section at the beginning. Found it easy to locate the trail on other side when crossing the wash. NOT on private property and very easy to follow, at least in winter with low foliage \ grass.

Tracie Ashby
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HikingMuddy

Some muddy spots and ice but still one of my favorite hikes. Very easy. No dogs allowed yet someone had dogs there. That's unfortunate, there's a reason some places don't allow pets.

Amelia S.
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HikingPrivate property

Heads up for those looking to do this hike: the entrance that Google Maps guides you to is the gated entrance to a private road. Not about to mess with trespassing, so we didn’t go hiking here.

Margie Trujillo
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Hiking

We did this trail on Sunday. It was a beautiful day, muddy in spots, trail not well marked, We started a little late and not knowing the trail, it took us little longer than we expected. very, very narrow trail, hard to distinguish at times, that slowed us down. it was still an awesome adventure. will do it again for sure.

Chessa Reese
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Hiking

Great area but the trail is so skinny. We got off course several times into creek beds but still had fun. Make sure to check the map often to make sure you’re still on the trail. Honestly would not do this hike during snake season. Trail is tiny and so many places for snakes to be hiding all around. Make sure to do the lookout. We did the canyon offshoot but couldn’t find the homestead ruins. It seemed like we walked a long ways and never found them.

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Ben Marquis
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HikingIcyRockySnow
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Josh Lehman
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HikingIcy

On Jan 6, 2020 did the loop counter clockwise. Very little mud in just a few places but a good bit of packed icy snow on the back half of the loop through the canyon area. Otherwise a wonderful winter hike.

Sara Mack
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Hiking

Went hiking in winter,”- during warmer months trails will probably be overgrown and hard to see. Great overlook trail that offshoots the main loop. Great day hike - interesting area. Would recommend.

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Jason Nash
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HikingMuddy

This place is awesome! It's very relaxing because you will probably be the only person there. I saw a huge brown bird twice, which I believe was a Golden Eagle. Make sure you hike up the scenic overlook, which is challenging but well worth it. It was slightly muddy so be sure to wear boots. I recorded a video of my hike on YouTube. You can find it by searching for Nash Potatoes Outdoor Show. Enjoy...Merry Christmas!

Adam Young
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HikingMuddyNo shadeOver grown
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