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Falcon Trail, USAFA

 
Falcon Trail, USAFA

Page Type: Trail

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.99144°N / 104.85626°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: El Paso

Technical Difficulty: Easy

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft / 457 m

Length: 12.0 Mi / 19.3 Km

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Created/Edited: Jun 26, 2008 / Jun 26, 2008

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Overview

The Falcon Trail resides on the Air Force Academy grounds. The trail gives you a good look at the natural and man-made beauty of the academy, and provides some good fun. There are also trail signs along the way that describe the different plants, geology, and natural phenomena in the area. This trail is open to bikers and hikers.

Trail Description

Almost entirely singletrack, with a few road crossings. Most of it is dirt and packed dirt, with a few spots of decomposed Pikes Peak Granite.

Descriptive signs along the trail guide you through the experience. You can expect warm, hot, dry days during the summer. There is no water available on the trail, but some of the buildings have public restrooms for water and facilities.

Getting There

From Colorado Springs, head north to the South AFA Gate - Academy Blvd. Head west, bringing an US issued ID card.

The start/finish point for the trail is immediately south of Building 5132, the Youth Center building. It is identified by a large blue sign and is shown on the Falcon Trail Map (available at the Visitor Center - follow the main Academy Drive signage to the visitor center).

When to Bike

Mornings are best to avoid the heat. Evenings are good, too, but the area can have afternoon thunderstorms. I wouldn't ride it in winter, but all other months are a go.

Red Tape & Info

You must have an US issued ID to get on the campus, and you will receive a V (visitor) badge, which you are supposed to display at all times.

Emergency: 911
Base operator: 719-333-1110 (you can reach security or the hospital through the operator).

Trails are only open to the public from the hours of 8am-6pm.

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