“A great short loop providing solitude close to Colorado Springs.”
— Jason Doedderlein
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.
The trail is singletrack and is typically a bit overgrown, in parts, at ground level. Long pants or gaiters will help alleviate your shins and calves being attacked.
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 run if you are looking for something short and different, but still easily accessible and close.