“A short lollipop with some nice views that you can hike any time of the year.
— Kristen Arendt
Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
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.
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.