Eagles Peak Trail

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Eagles Peak Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near United States Air Force Academy, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

A popular hike up the dominant peak in the vicinity of the cadet area. It is shown on the maps as North Peak, but most call it Eagle Peak.

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15 days ago

this is a steep climb but soooo worth the view at the end!!

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17 days ago

First off, make sure you have decent hiking boots for this trail or else you will hate it or get hurt. Although it's short in mileage, it is one of the steepest hikes I've done, which makes for a long journey. When you get to the meadow, you'll be exhausted but are about to face the hardest part of the trail. View at the top was great but it's a serious effort to get there, even for an experienced 24 year old hiker.

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26 days ago

Hard as hell.

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1 month ago

This was a very beautiful and challenging trail. like others have said, the mileage isn't high but it is very steep. We took a couple of our friends from out of town here and they struggled quite a bit so I don't recommend this for beginners.

Tip: Follow the creek. There's a few points on the trail where it's difficult to discern where to go. Just follow the trail that parallels the creek.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

This trail is a serious workout! For reference, I am an experienced hiker, and a native used to the elevation. I'm short-legged and pretty slow, and probably not the most dazzlingly well-conditioned... But I'm used to both long and challenging trails. Eagles Peak is one of the toughest climbs I've done that wasn't a 14'er.

To begin, the trail is accessible from inside the Air Force Academy grounds. For those who may not know, civilians are allowed on base without a pass, but you must enter through the North gate off of I-25 at exit 156. Be prepared to present your ID and possibly have your vehicle searched at the gate. Also, weapons are prohibited on federal installations by non-authorized personnel, so if you usually carry a knife or a handgun while hiking, you'll need to leave them at home for this one.

Despite the relatively low mileage, the trail gains a daunting amount of elevation in that distance. From the visitor center parking lot, you can cross the street and head up the dirt road that leads to the trailhead. It begins as an easy-moderate climb, but gets progressively steeper, moving toward, and at one point crossing a small creek. About 3/4 of the way up there is a lovely meadow with aspen trees and wild flowers where the ground levels off briefly. After that, you'll begin the stretch to the top that is steeper than the trail to that point, with a bit of a boulder scramble to the summit. Once you hit the boulders, it can be difficult to discern a path, but there are a few blue markers painted on the rocks in this area to help you find your way. As several others have mentioned, the 360° view from the top is gorgeous, and totally worth it!

Overall this was a great one! I was here today on a Thursday, late morning, and I only saw a couple of other people the entire time... The trail felt very serene and never crowded. No issues with trash or dog-poo on the path. The view from the top and sense of accomplishment were fantastic! On the negative side, the trail isn't always clearly defined, and even with my satellite map from this app, I still managed to waste a bit of time and energy by getting off the trail and needing to do some creative rerouting to get back where I needed to be. Also, because of the steep grade and rocky footing on the way down, the descent is very unfriendly to the knees. Even so, it's very much worth doing, and I hope to come back and climb it again!

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1 month ago

We did this hike/scramble as a family with kids ages 15, 13, 11. It was challenging! The loose gravel and steepness complicated things! However, it was a great hike! Lots of shade, waterfalls, amazing views from the top! It is true that the Aspen Grove indicates that you are about 1/4 of the way from the top. Make sure you have PLENTY of water and snacks if you have kids! LOL. Unlike other difficult ascents...the descent was harrowing at times...esp. with kids. Make sure you leave plenty of time for the descent!