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3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 522' 159 m
Descent: -519' -158 m
High: 6,651' 2,027 m
Low: 6,206' 1,892 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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A simple hike with stunning views.

Jason Doedderlein

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Overview

A quick hike, offering a sense of isolation and beautiful views of the western landscape, Garden of the Gods, and the red rock that gives Red Rock Canyon its name.

Starts with a mild, yet steady, 1.5 mile climb followed by a fun descent. The hike then enters Red Rock Canyon before climbing back up to grasslands and returning to the trailhead.

Description

From the parking area, climb the dirt trail up to the dirt road and follow uphill to the right. The trail will be about .25 miles in on the left. This provides the warm up for the hike.

The hike starts on the Hogback trail, a well-worn singletrack between two ridges (Hogbacks), which gives a sense of isolation from the city that is tucked away on the other side. The view is spectacular with the mountains in the distance, walls of rock on either side and grasses, shrubs, and trees dotting the valley that the trail takes you through.

The trail climbs steadily, at a 6% grade, for about 1.5 miles before a switchback redirects you to the north (where the trail becomes the "Lion Trail") towards a notch in the western hogback. At this notch, there is a trail heading south that leads to trails in Section 16, the Palmer Loop and the Intemann trail. This hike will drop down to the right where Garden of the Gods stands in the distance.

The trail drops into a valley and connects with the Red Rock Rim Trail, where the hike heads left and then curves to the right into the Red Rocks.

The Red Rocks part and the Rim Trail ends at the appropriately named Red Rock canyon trail. Continue through the Red Rock past the lake and the old house (soon to be visitor's center) through the gate. There, a trail rises steeply to the right and deposits you back on the Red Rock Rim trail which winds around and up before dropping you back to the original Hogback Trail Trailhead.

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Land Manager: City of Colorado Springs

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Sep 8, 2018
Peter Kuo
Aug 24, 2018
Chris Turnbaugh
Great loop with classic views. Garden of the Gods has some better views, but this trial is great and way less busy. 3.7mi
Aug 20, 2018
Michael Perry
Aug 19, 2018
Nat Wolfe
4.5mi
Jun 17, 2018
Eliane Zalewski
4mi — 2h 00m
May 6, 2018
Brian Huber
May 5, 2018
Olivia Korostelina
May 1, 2018
Joanna Sorensen
3.7mi

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  4.0 from 20 votes

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