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Aiken Canyon Preserve

Intermediate
 3.1 (13)

A great short loop providing solitude close to Colorado Springs.


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Map Key

3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

Lollipop

6,855' 2,089 m

High

6,440' 1,963 m

Low

453' 138 m

Up

452' 138 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

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Overview

This is a Nature Conservancy property with one well-defined trail. It starts in typical Front Range grassland with yucca and scrub oak, before rolling up into the trees and rocks.

Description

The trailhead is obvious and well-marked. The trail heads out and splits after approximately 0.5 miles.

Heading north and west, the trail climbs gently into the trees, where the trail becomes more about the dirt, roots, and rocks than about the sand and overgrowth trying to reach out and grab you.

At its highpoint the trail crosses over some rock formations (nothing requiring scrambling), before dropping back amongst the trees to return you to the junction and the trailhead.

This is simply a great hike if you are looking for something short and different, but still easily accessible and close.

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Jason Doedderlein

Trail Ratings

  3.1 from 13 votes

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  3.1 from 13 votes
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Majority of trail is singletrack but obvious
Aug 1, 2018 near Fort Ca…, CO
"canyon" spur trail leads back into this area
Aug 1, 2018 near Fort Ca…, CO
Just out for a walk.
Apr 28, 2015 near Fort Ca…, CO

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Nov 22, 2021
Roger Dean
Off trail 3000 ft gain, nov 19 4.3mi
Jul 26, 2020
Lauren Rae
Jul 3, 2020
Erin Watkins
May 10, 2020
Joe Brinkman
Jul 31, 2018
Wendy L
Review below. Great little hike. Yes, it is a preserve so no dogs allowed. You don't really notice the elevation gain. 4mi — 2h 00m
Jul 21, 2018
Andrew Patterson
Did this with Olivia and Madelyn on a beautiful day. Saw some amazing birds and met a bird watcher. A great hike. 4mi
Oct 15, 2017
Lucy Westenburg
We drove out only to find signs posted that NO PETS ARE ALLOWED. Would have been nice to have known that before we drove out with two dogs.
Sep 9, 2017
Chad Stewart