North Campus Heights Trail
ElevationAscent: 81' 25 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,339' 1,932 m
Low: 6,258' 1,907 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“An easy run to the UCCS Heller Arts and Humanities Center.”— Matt Bone
Also as of spring 2018, parking in this lot has been free. UCCS plans multiple developments in the area so this may change in the future. Find more information on the UCCS parking website.
This trail connects to Austin Bluffs Open Space University Park and Pulpit Rock Park. It is an easy trail to follow, made of red dirt and running adjacent to N. Campus Heights Dr.
When the trail veers away from the road around 0.6 miles, it dips to a sandy creek crossing. The creek will be dry almost all times of the year, except during or after a large shower. After crossing the creek bed, the trail goes slightly up and curves right, bringing you into the parking lot of the Heller Center.
From this point, there are many trails that are accessible and that can take you to Austin Bluffs, Pulpit Rock, or UCCS main campus.
This an area inhabited by rattlesnakes, but this trail is wide enough that you'll avoid them if they are there. Their usual hiding spots tend to be on the higher, rocky slopes of the formation.
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Land Manager: UCCS (University of Colorado Colorado Springs)