Trail mix 

Mountain-biking destinations in the Springs

Looking to shed some pounds and get fit, sans gym membership? Check out Colorado Springs' top bike trails. You can ride most of those listed below virtually year-round; if you're interested in biking Barr Trail, though, don't wait too long. Parts of Pikes Peak can see first snowfall in September.

Falcon Trail: Located within the Air Force Academy
Length: 11.5 miles, loop
Level: Difficult

New Santa Fe Trail: Begins at the Air Force Academys south gate and goes to Palmer Lake
Length: 30 miles, up and back
Level: Easy

Palmer Park: Nearly unlimited trails in this 500-plus-acre park in the middle of the city
Length: Depends on trails
Level: Moderate
Pikes Peak Barr Trail: Goes from Manitou Springs to Barr camp, halfway to the Pikes Peak summit
Length: 13 miles, up and back
Level: Difficult

Pikes Peak Greenway: Runs through Monument Valley Park and ends in Dorchester Park, parallel to I-25, Monument Creek and Fountain Creek
Length: 17 miles, up and back
Level: Easy

Waldo Canyon Trail: Starts near Rosemont Reservoir on Old Stage Road and ends at Stratton Reservoir
Length: 14 miles, loop
Level: Difficult

Visit bikecolorado.com for more details.

Compiled by Angela Grosshans


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