Garden of the Gods Inner Loop
ElevationAscent: 134' 41 m
Descent: -135' -41 m
High: 6,504' 1,982 m
Low: 6,415' 1,955 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“An excellent, but short, loop through the heart of Garden of the Gods.”— Karl W
May 1- October 31: 5am - 11pm
November 1 - April 30: 5am - 9pm
Take the Perkins Central Garden Trail loop north to get a nice view of Kissing Camels from the west. Rock climbers can frequently be seen along the western side of the rock formation and offer scale to the impressive size of the rock formations. Continue along the loop to head back south.
At about two thirds of a mile from where you started, you'll reach an intersection for the Sleeping Giant Trail. This trail is not paved, but is still in good shape for most of the family. If you or someone is in a wheelchair or pushing a stroller, just stay on the paved path to the east. The trail climbs a little along stairs/rocks towards Sleeping Giant. Along the northern edge of the Giant, you'll get some great views of the main formations such as Three Graces and Kissing Camels. The dirt trail loops back to the north and rejoins the paved trail after only about a third of a mile.
You can continue north on the paved trail back to Sentinel Rock or you can take a fun detour through the Three Graces and Cathedral Spires rock formations. This route offers a more adventurous and interesting path. Remember that actual rock climbing requires a permit. After taking some time to enjoy the Three Graces / Cathedral Spires, head north to rejoin the paved trail. Head right (east) and then turn back to the north. You'll come to Sentinel Rock again - head through the Gateway and back north to the parking area.
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