Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Pikes Peak Greenway Trail is a 23.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
23.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Part of the greater Colorado Front Range Trail, this pretty path allows access to over 15 other Colorado Springs trails. One day, this trail will stretch all the way through Colorado from Wyoming to New Mexico. When that happens, it will be called the Colorado Front Range Trail. It will be epic. For now, though, enjoy a beautiful stretch of the trail through Colorado Springs as it wends its way past parks, college campuses, trail junctions, ponds, golf courses, and historic towns. For over 30 miles of trail each way, you can start your journey in the town of Palmer Lake, Colorado and ride the Santa Fe New Regional Trail (guide available). That trail will take you through a couple small towns then through the beautifully forested grounds of the Air Force Academy. Just north of Colorado Springs, the New Santa Fe Trail will conjoin with the Pikes Peak Greenway trail for a great long distance trail. If however, you are satisfied to "just" ride 32 miles worth of awesome trail, then you will not be disappointed in the Pikes Peak Greenway. A good place to start the trail is at the Woodmen Road Park-N-Ride just west of highway 25 on the north end of Colorado Springs. Although it's a good idea to pack plenty of emergency provisions, you won't have to worry too much about forgetting something because the first portion of the trail has restaurants, hotels, and a well-stocked bicycle store. Another unique and positive aspect of this trail is all of the side paths that branch off of it. Even if you've ridden/walked this trail before, you won't lack for side excursions to keep the experience fresh and exciting. You can explore the old pioneer town of Colorado City, wildflower gardens in the park, a beautiful college campus, and even a streetcar rail museum.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

So many improvements to this trail since my return to the springs - terrific! Nice concrete stretches for inline skating. It was nice to see families out riding to celebrate fathers day. The trail could use some education signs - came upon a few times groups of people stopped on the trail blocking both directions or riding on the left side around curves. I didn't see any maps until Came to Cottonwood trail connection. Lovely trail! Yeah, Colorado Springs!

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

i love this trail. i'm training for marathons and this is perfect for my long runs. i love that it's very shaded and runs along the creek. there are some open areas throughout the trail but it's not too bad as soon you'll find yourself in some shade again.

there is heavy bicycle traffic and some riders aren't as courteous as others, so watch out for them. i only wear one ear bud so i can be vigilant of my surroundings (transients, etc.) and can hear people coming up behind me.

backpacking
6 months ago

6 months ago

11 months ago

Well maintained trail that is suitable for all kinds of activities. Great for bicycle commuters

mountain biking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Great trail. Most of it was paved, but plenty was crushed rock and thus not exactly road bike quality. Very easy, mostly flat. Great views of the mountains, and got to ride by several small parks I didn't even know were there.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

road biking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Pikes Peak Greenway is probably the most significant trail in the Colorado Springs urban trail system. It generally runs north/south along Interstate 25 and Monument Creek (and Fountain creek south of the confluence of the two creeks). Many other trails connect to the "Greenway" and there are numerous parks along the route. The trail has gravel, asphalt and concrete segments. Be advised, some segments of this trail are temporarily closed for various reasons. Given its importance, there are big plans in the works for the Greenway. Currently, one good route exists for inline skaters. See tracks tab for details.