• yucca flats stroll (every Friday)
    We'll start out from Yucca Flats and see where the trail takes us. Here is a map of the park. Note 1 is Yucca Flats on the map; this is the leash free area of the park: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/parks_recreation_and_cultural_services/parks/palmer_park_map_page_1_of_2.pdf Mileage: 2 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Leashes--NOT required. This is the off leash area of the park. UNLESS you/we decide to descend to lower trails. Where to meet: We will meet by the trail sign at the Yucca Flats/Ute Crest parking lot Directions (this is one of many ways to enter the park): From Maizeland Ave., enter the main gate to Palmer park. Pass the main parking lot and baseball fields on the right. Continue up Paseo Rd until you come to theLazyland group picnic area/Ute Crest on the right hand side. Turn right on the gravel road then bear left at the Y (the right turn will take you to the group picnic area). Parking area is at the end of the road and off-leash trails lead out from there. Ute Crest is also called Yucca Flats. If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

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  • Monument Rock Loop
    Google GPS coordinates:[masked], [masked] Just west of Monument, a network of gentle trails at the foot of Mount Herman lets hikers ramble over charming terrain without worrying about steepness or too much snow. To get there Take the Monument Exit (161) off Interstate 25 and drive west for a half-mile on Second Street to Mitchell Avenue. Turn left and drive 0.6 mile to Mount Herman Road. Turn right and drive 0.8 to Nursery Road. Turn left. A Forest Service parking lot is immediately on the right. (we will meet here) The hike: The Monument Preserve is a rare finger of the Pike National Forest poking out below the foot of the mountains. The paths through meadows and Ponderosa pine stands are pleasant any time of year, but because the relatively low elevation (7,000 feet) and open terrain keep the preserve snow-free when other trails around town are icebound, it's particularly nice in sometimes snowy April. Paths crisscross the forest. For a grand tour, from the trailhead start on the trail farthest to the right while facing the trailhead sign. The path climbs imperceptibly through the woods, closely paralleling Mount Herman Road. In 0.75, it reaches a graded dirt road. Turn left and go a few steps, then pick up the trail again on the right. About 1 mile from the trailhead, the path drops into an open meadow where the honey-colored spire of Monument Rock juts up over the scrub oak. A humble stock pond at its base, at 1.25 miles, acts as a reflecting pool. This is the halfway point and a good place for a break. The loop dallies up to the foot of the Monument. Before heading on, take a close look at the jumbled bits of quartz and feldspar pressed together to form the rock. This formation, called the Dawson Arkose, was molded from eroding bits of the ancestral Rockies that washed onto the plain about 55 million years ago. When you're ready to move on, take a trail directly southeast of the rock. It crosses a dirt road in less than a quarter-mile and continues straight ahead, through groves of pines, until the trail runs up against a fence and turns left. Follow the trail southeast down a gradual valley for more than a mile, ignoring a handful of paths cutting off to the left or right. Along the way, the path passes ruins of a stone root cellar. Eventually, it runs up against another graded dirt road (Nursery Road) and swings left and parallels the road for a few hundred yards back to the trailhead. Details: bringing a leash is recommended (one part of the trail runs along the road) Difficulty: easy to very light moderate Mileage: probably about 3 miles If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

    Monument Rock

    3751 Mt. Herman Rd · Monument, CO

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  • Rainbow Gulch (let's try it again)
    Highlights: Lots of Aspen trees along a stream leading to Rampart Reservoir Scenery: Distance: 2.6 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 250 ft Hike Time: approx. 1.5 hours (unless we go farther around the reservoir) Difficulty: Easy Trail Condition: Well maintained trail HikeType: Out and Back *If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call Sandy:[masked]* --------------------------------------------------------------- Summary: This is an alternative access to the Rampart Reservoir trail. The trail also is used as a service road so it is a wide trail. 4 people could easily walk along next to each other. The trail is fairly well graded which also makes it popular for cycling. The trail follows a gentle decent along Rainbow Gulch. About halfway down the trail you will come to an Aqueduct outlet that supplies Rampart Reservoir. The trail does a Y here. Take the left (West) side for the smooth wide path, or take the right (East) side for a single track trail that meanders through willows. We'll take the right path, as there are usually less fisherman. At the end of the trail you will be able to see Rampart Reservoir. You can head back from this point or follow the Rampart Reservoir trail all the way around the Reservoir before returning. In the winter this trail is excellent for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Trailhead: The trailhead is located on Rampart Range Road which is accessible from both Woodland Park and Colorado Springs. From Colorado Springs head west on highway 24, and at the second stoplight in Woodland Park by McDonald's turn right. This road will become Rampart Range Road. When you reach a Y in the road at the North end of town veer right. When you come to a T at the end of the pavement turn right again. After 2.4 miles you will see a large parking area on the left. This is the trailhead. It is well labeled with signs. (Lat:[masked] Lon:[masked]) Meeting spot: We will meet at Woodland Park Park and ride and then caravan from there to the trailhead

    Park and Ride

    Corner of N.Fairview and E. Henrietta · Woodland Park, CO

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  • yucca flats stroll (every Friday)
    We'll start out from Yucca Flats and see where the trail takes us. Here is a map of the park. Note 1 is Yucca Flats on the map; this is the leash free area of the park: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/parks_recreation_and_cultural_services/parks/palmer_park_map_page_1_of_2.pdf Mileage: 2 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Leashes--NOT required. This is the off leash area of the park. UNLESS you/we decide to descend to lower trails. Where to meet: We will meet by the trail sign at the Yucca Flats/Ute Crest parking lot Directions (this is one of many ways to enter the park): From Maizeland Ave., enter the main gate to Palmer park. Pass the main parking lot and baseball fields on the right. Continue up Paseo Rd until you come to theLazyland group picnic area/Ute Crest on the right hand side. Turn right on the gravel road then bear left at the Y (the right turn will take you to the group picnic area). Parking area is at the end of the road and off-leash trails lead out from there. Ute Crest is also called Yucca Flats. If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

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  • Tech Center Trails
    This hike will take us into a lesser known area of the Ute Valley Park. We will explore the Southeastern part of the park. We will meet at the ISS Parking lot. You'll be walking a dirt path, and we will walk along the trail which will take us from near the ISS parking lot over to HP on Rockrimmon. If you wish to go into Ute Valley park at the HP entrance, be sure to leash up. Ute Valley park is a leashed park at this point. The hike will end at HP and we will return the way we came. Difficulty: easy to light moderate Mileage: a guess at about 3 miles roundtrip. Where to meet: At Intelligent Software Solutions parking lot, near the dumpsters on the north end of the parking lot. 5450 Tech Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO Leash--to get out of the parking lot and to the trail head. It's not far. After we are on the trail, we can be leash free. There are no signs about dogs on leash (or weren't last time I was there). If you are late, lost or need to cancel last minute, please call or text Sandy:[masked]

    Intelligent Software Solutions

    5450 Tech Center Drive · Colorado Springs

  • Gold Camp Road walk
    Gold Camp Road follows the former railroad from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek called the "Short Line". In the 1920s the railroad has been converted to a car toll road, eventually becoming a free public road. In 1988 tunnel #3 collapsed and was never repaired. Because of this, the road is now closed to vehicular traffic and is popular with bikers and hikers. Start at the large parking lot where Gold Camp Road meets High Drive and Cheyenne Canyon Road. At first the road makes a long U-turn gaining elevation. As you cross the creek you will pass the popular Seven Bridges Trail. At the end of this long switchback you will reach the collapsed tunnel. A detour has been built to bypass over it. On the other side of the tunnel you will be standing right over the Silver Cascade Falls running down the large granite wall. The trail continues to climb at a steady pace as you go south. After about 4.8 miles you will reach tunnel #4, shortly followed by tunnel #5. **MOST OF US WILL STOP AND RETURN AT ABOUT 3 MILES, TO MAKE A TOTAL OF 6 MILES ROUND TRIP. ** The trail loops under St.Peters dome and opens up to some great views of the city. Eventually you will reach Old Stage Road which is open to vehicular traffic and continues on to Cripple Creek. You can turn around here and enjoy the sweet ride downhill all the way to the trailhead. Length: 8.6 miles one way. Difficulty: Medium. The trail continuously climbs from the Cheyenne canyon but being a former railroad bed the grade is mild. Directions: Coming south on I-25 take exit 140 and get on Cheyenne Blvd via S Tejon St. Drive all the way until you reach Cheyenne Canyon. Drive past Helen Hunt falls until you reach parking lot at intersection with Gold Camp Road. (parking lot at the top of North Cheyenne Canon park) http://www.cospringstrails.com/hikes/goldcamproad.html

    North Cheyenne Cannon

    Parking Lot above Helen Hunt Falls · Colorado Springs, CO

  • yucca flats stroll (every Friday)
    We'll start out from Yucca Flats and see where the trail takes us. Here is a map of the park. Note 1 is Yucca Flats on the map; this is the leash free area of the park: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/parks_recreation_and_cultural_services/parks/palmer_park_map_page_1_of_2.pdf Mileage: 2 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Leashes--NOT required. This is the off leash area of the park. UNLESS you/we decide to descend to lower trails. Where to meet: We will meet by the trail sign at the Yucca Flats/Ute Crest parking lot Directions (this is one of many ways to enter the park): From Maizeland Ave., enter the main gate to Palmer park. Pass the main parking lot and baseball fields on the right. Continue up Paseo Rd until you come to theLazyland group picnic area/Ute Crest on the right hand side. Turn right on the gravel road then bear left at the Y (the right turn will take you to the group picnic area). Parking area is at the end of the road and off-leash trails lead out from there. Ute Crest is also called Yucca Flats. If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

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  • Mays Peak
    This short North Cheyenne Canyon hike to a summit with broad views of the city is a nice, and often overlooked, alternative to more popular hikes in the canyon such as Mount Cutler. To get there: From downtown Colorado Springs, take Tejon Street south under Interstate 25, then turn west on Cheyenne Boulevard. Enter North Cheyenne Canyon Park (you're on North Cheyenne Canyon Road now) and follow the road to a dirt parking lot where High Drive converges with Cheyenne Canyon and Gold Camp roads. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, 3.2 miles, 720 feet elevation gain The hike: This hike begins by climbing High Drive, a century old carriage road now open part of the year to one-way car traffic. High Drive starts at a gate on the east side of the parking lot. Climb slowly for just over a mile as the grade snakes to the north. At a pass, several trails converge. To the west is Upper Captain Jacks. To the northeast is Lower Captain Jacks. Look for an unmarked trail running east from the southeast corner of the small parking area on the pass. This is the way to Mays Peak. At first, it appears to be a social trail that doesn't appear on official maps, but the carefully laid out, gentle grade shows it was deliberately designed. Follow the clear trail as it corkscrews counterclockwise to the north side of the summit. At the top the trees part, leaving a broad, grassy vista framed by ponderosa pines. Few summits in the area combine such easy access with such solitude. Return the way you came. DO NOT shortcut down the south side; it encourages erosion on the delicate peak. Let's meet in the parking lot at the top of North Cheyenne Canon Park. Call/text me if you are lost, have questions, or need to cancel last minute:[masked], Sandy

    north cheyenne canon parking lot

    upper high drive and upper gold camp dr (parking lot) · Colorado Springs, CO

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  • yucca flats stroll (every Friday)
    We'll start out from Yucca Flats and see where the trail takes us. Here is a map of the park. Note 1 is Yucca Flats on the map; this is the leash free area of the park: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/parks_recreation_and_cultural_services/parks/palmer_park_map_page_1_of_2.pdf Mileage: 2 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Leashes--NOT required. This is the off leash area of the park. UNLESS you/we decide to descend to lower trails. Where to meet: We will meet by the trail sign at the Yucca Flats/Ute Crest parking lot Directions (this is one of many ways to enter the park): From Maizeland Ave., enter the main gate to Palmer park. Pass the main parking lot and baseball fields on the right. Continue up Paseo Rd until you come to theLazyland group picnic area/Ute Crest on the right hand side. Turn right on the gravel road then bear left at the Y (the right turn will take you to the group picnic area). Parking area is at the end of the road and off-leash trails lead out from there. Ute Crest is also called Yucca Flats. If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

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  • yucca flats stroll (every Friday)
    We'll start out from Yucca Flats and see where the trail takes us. Here is a map of the park. Note 1 is Yucca Flats on the map; this is the leash free area of the park: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/parks_recreation_and_cultural_services/parks/palmer_park_map_page_1_of_2.pdf Mileage: 2 miles Difficulty: easy to moderate Leashes--NOT required. This is the off leash area of the park. UNLESS you/we decide to descend to lower trails. Where to meet: We will meet by the trail sign at the Yucca Flats/Ute Crest parking lot Directions (this is one of many ways to enter the park): From Maizeland Ave., enter the main gate to Palmer park. Pass the main parking lot and baseball fields on the right. Continue up Paseo Rd until you come to theLazyland group picnic area/Ute Crest on the right hand side. Turn right on the gravel road then bear left at the Y (the right turn will take you to the group picnic area). Parking area is at the end of the road and off-leash trails lead out from there. Ute Crest is also called Yucca Flats. If you are late/lost or need to cancel last minute, call/text me: Sandy[masked]

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