“A short lollipop with some nice views that you can run any time of the year.”
— Kristen Arendt
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Apart from the initial climb, the trail is rolling. The footing is a bit rocky in a few sections but nothing too technical to navigate.
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 run 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.