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Eagle Wind Trail

Intermediate
 3.4 (11)

A short lollipop with some nice views that you can hike any time of the year.


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Map Key

3.1

Miles

4.9

KM

Point to Point

5,847' 1,782 m

High

5,520' 1,682 m

Low

385' 117 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Head northeast out of the parking area on a short, steep trail until you hit the Little Thompson Overlook Trail split at about 1/2 mile. Turn right and cross the Indian Mesa Trail to continue on the Eagle Wind Trail.

Ascend another 1/2 mile on varying smooth and rocky singletrack. When you come to the Eagle Wind Loop, you can choose to hike in either direction. You'll head through pleasant wildflower-covered meadows. Along the way, there are benches and interpretive signs explaining the flora, fauna and history of the area.

The trail levels out a bit on top of the mesa and offers views of the Front Range, Continental Divide, and Eastern Plains. There is a brief section with views of Meeker, Longs, and the Twin Sisters Mountains.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer and coyotes. Birds such as magpies, meadowlarks, robins, bluebirds, sparrows, wrens, and hawks. Rattlesnakes in the summer.

A great variety of plants with the highlights being prickly poppies, locoweed, asters, larkspur, coral bells, and sage. Some ponderosa pine and juniper up on the hillside.

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Kristen Arendt

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  3.4 from 11 votes

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Rabbit Mountain Open Space
Mar 9, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Take a rest on the bench here and enjoy the stunning views!  Or, just run on past, because right after this is probably the most fun part of the Eagle Wind trail (heading clockwise).
Mar 10, 2015 near Lyons, CO
Abundant wildflowers along the trail in early summer.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Typical trail surface and wildflower ornamentation.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Snowy peaks in the distance from this well-placed bench.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO
Looking across the mining operation to Dowe Flats.
Jun 3, 2016 near Lyons, CO

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May 17, 2020
Mike Kruger
Hot, but enjoyable. Kids captured plenty of bugs 4mi — 4h 00m
Mar 11, 2020
Amanda Bowman
03/11/20
Jan 8, 2020
Daylene York
4mi
Jun 23, 2019
Yianni A
May 19, 2019
Amy Calliham
Mar 14, 2019
Jordan Jackson
Apr 2, 2018
Skyler Fox
Mar 4, 2018
Rich Sar