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Falcon Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (9)

A loop trail through the interior of the Air Force Academy with awesome views!


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Map Key

13.2

Miles

21.2

KM

Loop

7,406' 2,257 m

High

6,648' 2,026 m

Low

1,402' 427 m

Up

1,400' 427 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Public access to the Air Force Academy's trails and trailheads varies and may be restricted due to the base's Force Protection conditions and other random security measures. Trail users are also encouraged to recreate with a partner or in a group.

Description

The Falcon Trail travels through a variety of terrain and natural habitats, offering abundant opportunities to view wildlife and scenic vistas of the Air Force Academy grounds, Rampart Range, and eastern El Paso County. A clockwise route is generally considered to be less strenuous for hiking. The Falcon Spur Trail begins near the Northgate B-52 display and Youth Camping Area and connects to the main trail south of the cemetery.

Parking is recommended at the B-52 display, Falcon Stadium north lot, and Chapel Overlook off Academy Drive. Port-a-John's, trash cans, and picnic tables are located around the trail, but drinking water is only available in the Community Center area.

Protect the trail tread! Wet or muddy trails should be avoided to prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear. If you are leaving divots >1-inch deep with shoes, tires, or hooves, please find a drier section of trail or recreate on another day. Moving off-trail to avoid wet and muddy areas damages soil and vegetation and creates undesirable "social" trails.

Contacts

Land Manager: US Air Force Academy

Shared By:

Brian Mihlbachler

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 9 votes

#6854

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  4.4 from 9 votes
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Trail Rankings

#509

in Colorado

#6,854

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Photos

Blodgett Peak.
Mar 22, 2016 near Air For…, CO
US Air Force Academy academic area.
Mar 22, 2016 near Air For…, CO
Climbing out of Stanley Creek toward the west parking area.
Dec 20, 2017 near Air For…, CO
Bridge crossing of West Monument Creek on the "green" route of the Falcon Trail.
Dec 20, 2017 near Air For…, CO
Bridge crossing over West Monument Creek on the "green" route of the Falcon Trail
Dec 20, 2017 near Air For…, CO
Stanley Canyon in the winter.
Aug 3, 2018 near Air For…, CO

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Jul 11, 2020
Jeff Clark
Apr 28, 2019
Brian Creelman
Sep 22, 2018
Kerry Steuart
Aug 4, 2018
Nate H
Good trail conditions, really hot today. Rated blue/back for the length. 14mi — 5h 20m
Jul 28, 2018
Nathaniel Patty
Counterclockwise. Legs gave out at 11.25. Good trail. 13mi
Jan 20, 2018
Nathan Cragg
Sep 15, 2017
David Orner
13.2mi
Sep 8, 2017
Jennifer Taylor
Great trail, but be conscious of mountain bikers! 15.7mi