Falcon Trail - Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Falcon Trail - Trail, Colorado Springs, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

12(ish) miles of mostly singletrack with some double-track/fireroad. All well marked and doable either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Other trail traffic may be encountered

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 01, 2014]
Joe H
Weekend Warrior

I see this hasn't been reviewed in a few years, so I thought I'd update. This is my favorite trail in town, which is partly because I live in the Military Family Housing on base, and can hit the trail 1/2 mile from my driveway. Its a good 13 mile loop, with a couple of really good climbs, around 1300 feet of climbing in a full loop.

The northern part of the base is still open to tourists, and that includes the Falcon Trail. Visitors (no Military or DoD ID) MUST enter through the North gate. Stay on I25 past the Academy Blvd exit, and use North Gate exit. Be prepared to show photo ID to the gate guards. Park at the Bomber, or follow Stadium Blvd south (left) and then take a right at the football stadium. There is a little parking area across from the Stadium parking entrance. The trail passes through parts of the Academy that are not open to tourists, so please stay on the trail.

Customer Service

I greatly prefer clockwise. Clockwise gives relatively short, but steep, climbs, followed by longer periods of fun downhill. Counter-clockwise gives longer climbs, albeit with mush less grade, and very short and steep descents. It just feels more fun to me clockwise. counter clockwise feels like you spend 80% of your time climbing.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 09, 2011]
Sambo86
Weekend Warrior

I love this trail. Well marked, beautiful views of the USAF landmarks. Excellent singletrack. The only problem is that it is currently closed due to increased terrorism risk at the behest of the federal government. Somehow, capturing Bin Laden has made the world a MORE dangerous place...

Anyhow, if someone could post when it opens back up to let everyone know, I'd really like to do it a couple more times before the season is over. Thanks!

Customer Service

Either direction is good.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2010]
spikehj
Weekend Warrior

I live fairly close to this trail and find it to be the best return on investment for my saddle time in the area. It as a little of everything - good singletrack, some decent climbs, some fun descents. The trails is usually in good shape and rideable, i have ridden several times in winter snow. I would not consider this a destination and it is not an epic ride. But if you live within 20 to 30 minutes, it has a lot to offer.

Customer Service

I usually ride Falcon loop clockwise.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 22, 2010]
Me
Weekend Warrior

I was hiking on Falcon Trail at the Air Force Academy today. I used to hike/run this trail in the 80's. There were no bikers at that time.

What a change! I was run over numerous times today (May22nd) by inconsiderate and dangerous bikers!

There is no rule on this trail and it is too bad. The bikers took away any enjoyment I used to have in the past. The world is changing in the bad direction in this country!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 12, 2009]
J_Erik
Cross Country Rider

This is a spectacular trail; it has something for everyone - novice thru pro. This trail - 12.25miles according to my GPS - is 95% glorious singletrack with a smidgen of fire road in the southwest corner and a 300m stretch of gravel running trail in the middle. Otherwise, it's all singletrack. If you are looking for huge rock gardens and gnarly obstacles, this is NOT your place. If you want an hour or more above your lactic acid threshold, this IS the place. This is middle- or small-chain-ring climbing at its best. The trail is scenic, well-maintained, and fast in all the right places.

Customer Service

My recommended start point is from the gravel lot to the immmediate north of the Air Force Academy football stadium, just off of Falcon Ave. The lot is located on your right in an area loosely enclosed by a single strand of chain about 400yds after you turn off Stadium Drive and begin to climb the hill. Just look for cars with bike racks.

I recommend that you tackle this loop in a clockwise direction. Always clockwise. Although you CAN ride it in the opposite direction, you'll invariably have many unpleasant and unforecasted encounters on the serpentine trail with other riders travelling in the more traditional clockwise direction. (For variety, I periodically do this loop in the CCW direction, but only during low-traffic times)

To accomplish this, pick up the trail on the south side (stadium-side) of Falcon Drive. The route is very clearly marked with white plastic posts emblazoned with a falcon.

Cautionary Notes:
- The trail crosses several roads so be aware of cross-traffic
- This is one of the regions most popular trail-running trails, so expect to see runners (or less commonly, horses)

Enjoy.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 07, 2009]
endo-boy
Weekend Warrior

Excellent XC singletrack with a few sections of rocky navigable terrian. Very well marked with side trails extending out.

Customer Service

Park at Academy (west of stadium) and start at mile marker 5. Go clockwise. The first 6 miles took me an hour, the second 6 took me about 33 minutes. Very fast, good flow, some sustained climbs. A fantastic route. I did this on my Enduro SL, I probably could have cut 20 minutes off my time if I ran my Titanium hardtail.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 01, 2008]
terisbusy
Weekend Warrior

This trail is an awesome trail. There are definitely some technical sections especially on the western portion of the trail (unless you are great at riding your bike between two rocks with only three inches to spare on either side of your pedals!!). There are also some areas where you have to ride over some pretty significant drops (also at the western portion). I can see how some downhill/agressive riders may be able to ride down these rocks (about 10-20 inch drop offs), but I don't think most people could ride up those rocks! There are some pretty good hills, which wouldn't be too bad except that your bike loses it's grip on the many small rocks and deeper sand. The boy scouts have made some nice bridges over the stream, but it is fun to ride through the stream too! There are lots and lots of whoop dee doos to ride over. This trail requires good balance, moderate knowledge of riding over rocky terrain and through sand as well as riding on narrow logs over ditches. I also think you need to be fairly physically fit to ride the entire trail. The hills are small, but many.

Customer Service

I'd recommend parking just past the north end of the stadium close to the golf course. From there you can ride south up behind the stadium and past the old settlers cabin, or you can ride north past the golf course and up the far ridge for some awesome views. Both of these routes will give you a good feel for the majority of the trail, then you can decide if you want to turn around or finish. Still the western portion is more technical and difficult than any of the eastern section. My trail book rates this trail as easy,,,, they are wrong! It also states that it is 12 miles long,, It is just over 13 miles. There aren't any easy short cuts either!

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 26, 2008]
rearrango
Cross Country Rider

A really excellent singletrack trail that has been maintained pretty well. It is well-marked with white carsonite markers. Wayfinding is not a problem on this trail even with the road crossings.

A great combination of descending and climbing. There are some great sections of twisties through the pines. There are some pretty loose sections of sandy decomposed granite. There are several water crossing with bridges. Enjoy the great views from many of the ridges.

20 minutes from downtown Colo. Springs and 25 minutes from Castle Rock. I'll definitely be riding this trail again.

Customer Service

Ridden counter clockwise, most people ride it clockwise as it avoids a short steep hike-a-bike section. Either way its pretty cool.

Park in the lot on the north side of Academy Drive, a half mile west of Stadium Blvd. There is a small dirt parking lot where the Falcon Tr. crosses Academy Drive. Make sure and bring a valid driver license for ID. Below is the map link we used for wayfinding.

http://www.usafa.af.mil/superintendent/pa/scoutinfo/USAFA%20Trails%20Map%20Wallposter.pdf

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 26, 2008]
Rearrango
Cross Country Rider

A 13-mile great single track loop. Lots of varied terrain on the Academy grounds. A good mix of flowing singletrack and climbing and descending, nothing super technical. Some great views from different points on the trail.

30 minutes south of Castle rock and 20 minutes from downtown Colo. Springs.

Customer Service

This link is what we used to ride it. The trail is very well marked with the white carsonite markers. Most people ride it clockwise, we rode it counter-clockwise and had a short hike-a-bike section.

Bring a valid driver's license for ID purposes. I recommend parking on Academy Drive about a half mile west of Stadium Blvd. There is a small dirt parking lot on the north side of the road right next to the trail.

http://www.usafa.af.mil/superintendent/pa/scoutinfo/USAFA%20Trails%20Map%20Wallposter.pdf

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 17, 2007]
theJ
Weekend Warrior

Made the mistake of using the coordinates posted on this site - they're utter bullocks! coming from denver with traffic it took almost an extra hour to find the actual trail after driving to those coordinates. The proper coordinates are 38.9993611, 104.89302778 - that should get you to a parking lot off of academy rd - it's paved, not dirt. Note that the map location pictured above is also incorrect. Also, be careful if you're looking for maps and such online that you're not looking at Mt. Falcon (jefferson open space) vs. Falcon Trail (AF academy). Also - note that the academy threatens to tow civilian vehicles after 6pm and they seem fairly serious about it.
Please pay no attention to my ratings - just wanted to post this to set the location straight even though I didn't get to ride much of the trail.

Customer Service

between getting lost and a big electrical storm, I didn't have time to ride much of this trail. I haven't figured out traffic patterns on I25 yet, but so far it seems like you can hit bad traffic just about anytime. I'm not really convinced this trail will be worth sitting in traffic for if you're coming from Denver, but will have to see.

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there is a bear creek bike trail located near the completely ridiculous coordinates listed on this site - looks like a nice area, might be worth trying, probably fairly benign.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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