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blueBlack Falcon Trail

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13.2 mile 21.2 kilometer loop
95% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,402' 427 m
Descent: -1,400' -427 m
High: 7,406' 2,257 m
Low: 6,648' 2,026 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Brian Mihlbachler

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

Brian Mihlbachler

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.

Runner Notes

Watch out for fast-moving mountain bikers.

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 running. 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.

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Apr 4, 2019
Arthur Shune
After a 3.5 mile run elsewhere 13.2mi — 2h 30m
Feb 9, 2019
Arthur Shune
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Aug 14, 2018
Arthur Shune
5mi
Sep 22, 2017
Robert Reeves

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