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.

hiking
21 hours 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!

hiking
3 days 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!

hiking
5 days ago

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hiking
11 days ago

Amazing hike and great views.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Routine for USAFA cadets but a real challenge for this 68 year-old with an artificial knee! The trail is difficult most of the way and requires some scrambling, especially on the final stretch to the top. The view makes it worthwhile but I would suggest taking this hike seriously. Coming down is harder!!

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

Tough climb that I thought would never end! Lots of scrambling over rocks, and loose gravel made the trek down a little hairy. Great views from the top though so give it a try if you're in decent shape and have sturdy shoes.

hiking
23 days ago

25 days ago

Definitely a challenging hike but so fun! I hiked it with husky and he loved the challenging terrain and steep incline. Coming down is definitely hard on the knees and was a challenge training my husky not to drag me down with loose gravel but a fun challenge! The views up top are gorgeous and worth the work. Nice to finally have my legs sore from a hike the next day. I appreciate the people I ran into on the trail that warned me to cross over the stream when you come to the small cairn on the trail otherwise you'll be climbing up some big rocks which I would've been carrying my dog over. The meadow about 2/3 up is a nice little break and change of scenery. Will be adding this to my favorite hikes list!

hiking
25 days ago

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25 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

My new favorite hike! The views are breathtaking from all angles. The trail is not difficult to find.. park at the USAFA visitor center walk across the street and follow dirt until you see a trail. It is also well marked with bright arrows once the trail becomes less distinct. It is a steep hike however, NOT even remotely more difficult than the incline. The stream you follow is pleasantly beautiful with a few waterfalls. When you reach the Aspen meadow, you are very close to the top! Be prepared for a veryyyy tough decline due to loose rock & dirt. You'll leave this hike satisfied knowing you saw awesome views but even better cardio!

hiking
1 month ago

really good workout. views from the top are amazing. Good shoes are essential, it's very steep with areas of loose gravel. I wore some really good hiking shoes and still slipped a few times. Also be aware, even though you might feel like making it to the top is the hard part, it's still pretty strenuous going back down due to tired legs and the steepness of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a difficult trail. I mainly hike on the Appalachian mountains, and this was definitely a challenge. Went up to the top in some light rain; got hit hard with hail at the summit. Even with reduced visibility, the views where incredible. Encountered an Aspen grove on the way up. Would definitely recommend, with adequate footwear and water supply.

1 month ago

Relatively short but a definite ass kicker. Worth the view though. Also, lots of loose rocks and dirt on many sections which made it difficult for traction.