Black Forest Regional Park

By Audrey Andrews | August 31st, 2020 Black Forest, Colorado Out & Back with Loop:7.2 miles774 feet elevation gain Colorado is quite the gem in regards to incorporating outdoor spaces into residential and business areas. Black Forest Regional Park is just northeast of Colorado Springs, Colorado and accessible from most of the city in a […]

Rampart Reservoir

By Audrey Andrews | September 8th, 2020 Pike National Forest, Colorado Out & Back:3.9 miles331 feet elevation gain Rampart Reservoir is located in the Pike National Forest above Colorado Springs. Garden of the Gods connects to the twisting and steep Rampart Range Road, which crawls from about 6,000 to over 9,000 feet with amazing views […]

Manitou Incline

By Audrey Andrews | September 10th, 2020 Manitou Springs, Colorado Manitou Incline & Barr Trail Descent:3.9 miles1,818 feet elevation gain The Manitou Incline is a staple of Manitou Springs, just west of Colorado Springs. To enable social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, free reservations are mandatory to adventure up the incline. I did not have […]

High Drive

By Audrey Andrews | October 25th, 2020 Colorado Springs, Colorado Out & Back:6.8 miles1,529 feet elevation gain High Drive connects two of the most popular hiking areas of Colorado Springs: North Cheyenne Cañon Park and the Section 16 loop. While the route can be traversed as an out-and-back either direction, start from the Section 16 trailhead to […]

Section 16 Loop

By Audrey Andrews | November 8th, 2020 Colorado Springs, Colorado Loop:5.7 miles1,224 feet elevation gain The Section 16 loop is a popular hike on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. It’s notoriety has earned it a Fastest Known Time route and it is quite popular with locals during afternoons and on weekends. If completed counter-clockwise, the first two […]

Mount Cutler & Mount Muscoco

By Audrey Andrews | April 11th, 2021 Colorado Springs, Colorado Out & Back:4.9 miles1,732 feet elevation gain The Mount Cutler and Mount Muscoco trailhead is usually crowded in good weather, including on weekdays. It is located on the lower half of Cheyenne Cañon Road in Cheyenne Cañon, the premier running and hiking destination in Colorado Springs. The […]

Kineo Mountain

By Audrey Andrews | May 3rd, 2021 Colorado Springs, Colorado Out & Back with Loop:8.1 miles1,939 feet elevation gain Kineo Mountain boasts the highest peak of the six summits of the Cheyenne Cañon skyline. While the shortest route to and from the peak is an out and back from the upper Cheyenne Cañon parking lot, I recommend […]

Quandary Peak

By Audrey Andrews | July17th, 2021 Summit County, Colorado Out & Back:7.3 miles3,248 feet elevation gain Standing 14, 265 feet above sea level, Quandary Peak is one of Colorado’s 14ers. The trail appears fairly straightforward online, so I selected it as my first solo 14er ascent. I knew there would be others on the trail, but was […]

Mount Bierstadt

By Audrey Andrews | August 11th 2021 Idaho Springs, Colorado Out & Back:7.5 miles2,575 feet elevation gain Like Quandary Peak, Mount Bierstadt is known as a relatively easy 14er. It is also quite accessible due to its proximity to Denver. Combined, these attributes make Mount Bierstadt quite popular. While the crowds I experienced did not compare […]