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Falcon Trail

Average Rating:    (3.62 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

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
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Latitude
38.831149809348744
Longitude
-104.8809814453125
Trail Directions
Get off I-25 at either of the exits to the USAFA (just north of Colorado Springs). Head for the Visitor Centre then get a map and go to the trailhead.
Trail Length
12 mile (approx)
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
October 1, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Joe H ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
September 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Sambo86 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
Either direction is good.



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Review Date
July 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: spikehj ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
I usually ride Falcon loop clockwise.



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Review Date
March 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: endo-boy ,  Weekend Warrior

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

Recommended Route:
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.



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Review Date
September 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: terisbusy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mt Herman
Rampart Resevoir
Section 16
Bear Creek Park



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