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Ute Valley Loop

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Trail

3.8 mile 6.2 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 338' 103 m
Descent: -335' -102 m
High: 6,592' 2,009 m
Low: 6,345' 1,934 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)

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Trail shared by Josh Young

A pleasant route through a gem of an open space in the Springs.

Josh Young

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Overview

This is a beautiful hike through varied terrain on the northwest side of Colorado Springs. The route features a short jaunt up to a sunflower-covered hilltop climb before descending through scrub oaks and looping back over a rocky ridge trail.

Need to Know

Most trails are not well marked, but the park is small enough that you won't get lost easily. With so many intersecting trails throughout the park, there are multiple ways to get around. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, so keep your ears open!

Description

From the parking lot, cross the wooden bridge onto the Yucca Path, up the sunflower-and-grass-covered hill. Climb past the school before descending into rocky scrub oaks. Stay to the left past the "More Park!" sign and keep going until you reach the paved road.

Turn right, re-enter the park, and stay left past the sandy area. The trail descends through a wooded area before a steep climb back up to another ridge. Continue until the path forks, taking the steep downhill scramble back to the valley trail. Turn right, then take a left onto the Scrub Oak Path. Climb until you reach the main path with a great view of Pike's Peak. Turn right onto the Pine Ridge Trail, climb up a rocky path and then descend until you reach the parking lot.

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Jun 13, 2019
Chris W
Feb 7, 2019
Emilie Hrky
Feb 5, 2019
Emilie Hrky
Nov 28, 2018
Desiree Dawn
Oct 29, 2018
Kyle Benson
Sep 30, 2018
Caroline Schaefer
3.9mi
Aug 5, 2018
G Wrecke
3.8mi
Aug 1, 2018
Wendy L
Fun hike but takes forever if you get distracted by the rocks up on top! We kept finding cool geode rocks broken open. 4mi — 2h 00m

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  4.2 from 16 votes

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A gnarled tree with plenty of character.
Jan 22, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Pike's Peak in the background.
Jan 22, 2017 near Air For…, CO
A nice wooded section of the trail.
Jan 22, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Pike's Peak from the top of the Yucca Path trail.
Jan 22, 2017 near Air For…, CO
The Scrub Oak Path trail.
Jan 22, 2017 near Air For…, CO
Pike's Peak from the western park entrance.
Jan 22, 2017 near Air For…, CO

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