It’s no secret that there’s lots of trails in the Colorado Springs area — hiking, cycling, running, are some of what makes this area one of the best outdoor recreation locales in the country. Some of the best local hiking can be found a short drive up Ute Pass in and around the town of Green Mountain Falls
The most popular trail in Green Mountain is probably the Catamount Falls Trail
, and for good reason. It climbs next to the thundering Catamount Creek as it drops down the steep mountain side, before a series of long switchbacks bring it to the top of the ridge on the south side of Cascade, Chipita Park and Green Mountain Falls. From there the trail goes through the aptly named “Garden of Eden” before entering the “Flume” and then ending just below the Catamount Reservoir on Pikes Peak’s north slope.
Pikes Peak as viewed from the Catamount Falls Trail
Other popular trails are the Thomas Trail
and the Crystal Trail
, which when done in conjunction with the Catamount Falls Trail and the Ring the Peak Trail, makes for a great loop of approximately 6.5 miles.
Other popular trails are the Mt Esther Trail
, which begins as a steep, 1 mile climb to where it intersects with a trail coming from Crow Gulch
(accessed from the Pikes Peak Highway) and then continues west to Mt Esther.
View from the Mt Esther Trail
The Dewey Mountain trail
, part of which was rebuilt last summer by the Green Mountain Falls Trail Committee
, starts out as a steep climb before going from peak to peak to the Catamount Reservoir. If you watch closely, you’ll even see some Ute Indian “Prayer Trees”.
View from the Dewey Mountain Trail
If you haven’t explored the trails around Green Mountain Falls, take the short drive to check them out. For more information on the area go here.
Extra: The El Paso County Parks Department will be holding an open meeting from 6-8pm on January 27th to discuss the Fountain Creek Regional Park master plan. The meeting will be held at the Fountain Creek Nature Center
, 320 Pepper Grass Lane in Fountain.
Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor and business owner who has lived in Colorado Springs for over 24 years. He is Past-President of the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon and a member of the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board. You can follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org.