Best Hiking Areas in Colorado Springs
This beautiful hike follows a creek as it winds through the mountain. It is mostly shaded from the forest. Along the hike you will cross seven wooden bridges and end up in Jones Park, a meadow where you will find wildflowers in the spring. Dogs are allowed on the trail and they will enjoy splashing in the creek. Moderate
Catamount Trail is a six mile roundtrip and moderately difficult hike with an elevation gain of around 1,700 ft. The beginning of the trail is fairly rocky, but eventually you go through a beautiful open field called the Garden of Eden. After following a dirt road to the right, you will reach the reservoir. This is a pet friendly Moderate to Difficult hike.
Section 16 Trail Loop
Section 16 trail (also called the Palmer/Red Rock Loop Trail) is popular for both hikers and mountain bikers. This is a great year-round trail with good views of the Garden of the Gods and easy access to the Paul Intemann Trail. It is a 5.4 mile Moderate trail.
Mt. Cutler Trail
Located just a few miles southwest of downtow Colorado Springs. This is a one-way trail that parallels N. Cheyenne Canon Road and heads up to the summit of Mt. Cutler. Along the way you'll see great views of Stratton Open Space, Seven Falls and Will Rogers Shrine. Dog friendly Easy hike.