The North Cheyenne Canyon area isn't known for it's loop trails, most are "out-and-back." And most of those that are loops tend to be rather long. But one of my favorite loops, especially when I don't want a days-long trek, is on Mt Buckhorn.
The trail starts and ends at the "gavel pit" parking lot where High Drive, Cheyenne Canon Road and Gold Camp Road meet, just past Helen Hunt Falls. At just under 4-miles and about 740' of elevation gain, it's doable for most people. An added bonus is some great views to the south and also of downtown Colorado Springs.
To get there: From the entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon Park, continue through the park, past Helen Hunt Falls, until the paved road ends. Park in the large dirt lot on the left. The trail starts behind the gate on the west end of the parking lot.
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