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Trail 717A Loop hike 

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Starting on the outskirts of Woodland Park, this loop of Forest Service Trail 717A, Forest Service Road 308 and an unnamed power line access trail has some nice views of Pikes Peak, and some historical ruins. Parts of this hike can be busy with off-road motorized vehicle traffic, especially on weekends.

To get there: Take U.S. 24 west from Colorado Springs. Go through Woodland Park and to the traffic light at Teller County Road 25, and turn right. Follow CR 25 for 2.8 miles to the parking lot and trailhead.
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Bob Falcone
Just under 3 miles from Hwy. 24 on County Road 25 is the large parking area.
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To the left of the trail is a number of signs with rules for the trail, and also this map. Trail 717A is open to off-road motorized travel.
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The trail is well-marked and easy to follow.
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The first third of a mile starts off fairly easy, until this short, steep, and heavily rutted uphill section. The trail turns left at the top.
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At .6 miles, 717A goes through this gate. Forest Service Road 308 comes in from the left to join 717A. Continue straight ahead
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As you're walking down this section, look over your shoulder every once in a while for some nice views of Pikes Peak.
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717A/308 is well marked. At about .73 miles, it continues straight past a trail that intersects from the right.
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At about just under 1 mile, trail 717A splits off to the left dropping steeply downhill, while Road 308 bears slightly right. Continue on 308. You'll later return back up 717A to this spot.
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Although the sign says Road 308 is a dead end, this isn't an out-and-back hike.
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At about 1.37 miles there are stone chimneys, apparently remnants of some houses that once stood here. A trail to the right (behind the stump in the picture) drops downhill, and after about one-half mile there are more ruins of old buildings. For this hike, however, bear left and stay on 308.
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Another view of the stone chimneys. They are surrounded by a fence. Please respect the area and stay out of the fenced in area.
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Continuing down 308, at about 1.56 miles a trail intersects from the left. Continue straight on 308. At 1.96 miles, 308 dead ends at a large turn around where power lines cross. If you're familiar with Lovell Gulch, these are the same power lines that run through there.
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When you enter the turnaround, make a sharp left turn and follow the wide track that follows the power line. The photo shows the perspective as looking back towards 308.
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Follow the road along the powerline. There are some decent ups-and-downs along this section, making for good workouts. At 2.32 and 2.62 miles (at the top of two hills) there are side trails to the left that can take you back to Road 308, if you choose.
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At 2.80 miles the power line crosses trail 717A. A right turn will take you to Mule Creek. Turn left here to return to the trailhead. At the top of the hill, the trail will bear left. At 2.95 miles, the trail again merges with Road 308. Turn right. At 3.33 miles, Road 308 cuts off to the right. Bear left, staying on 717A and follow it to the parking area. Total distance is approximately 4 miles.
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The GPS generated track of this hike.
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Just under 3 miles from Hwy. 24 on County Road 25 is the large parking area.

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