Bicycling Magazine Colorado Springs, CO: Air Force Academy Falcon Trail 

Recently renovated, the Falcon Trail is great for beginner riders looking to learn the skills to fly through obstacles like an Air Force Cadet.

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Author: fixedhalo
Date: 22 Sep 2007 12:50:42 PM
Source: AllSport GPS on my Sprint phone
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Colorado (CO)
Distance: 12.56 mi  (Change units)
Calories: 763
Average Speed: Overall: 8.0 mph - 0:07:29/mi
Active: 8.0 mph - 0:07:29/mi
Duration: Total: 1:34:05
Active: 1:34:03
Unaccounted: 0:00:01
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 1781 ft
Total Loss: 1781 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 4 / 10
Tags: Colorado, Colorado Springs
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

The rolling, not-too technical singletrack of the Falcon Trail is well-suited for helping new riders gain confidence needed to tackle more technical obstacles. There are some rock gardens that require skill to navigate and some loose switchbacks that can be challenging as well, but the hills on this trail are less steep than others in this neck of the woods, and the descents are generally less technical as well. Of note, there is one challenging rock drop off with a stair option for those who'd rather not ride it. Skilled riders could probably tackle this one on a single-speed. Most riders choose to ride clockwise--the climbs seem to be more gradual in that direction. The trail is also popular with trail runners, so keep an eye out and be polite about sharing the real estate. There are numerous access points for the trail; this track starts right near the Air Force Academy stadium: from the south entrance, take Stadium Blvd. to Academy Rd., go approx. ¼ mile past Falcon Stadium and look for a dirt parking lot on the right. The trailhead is across the street from the lot. If you live close enough to the Academy, this trail can also be reached by the Santa Fe County Trail. Be sure to bring an ID to enter the Academy (open from 6AM to 6PM).

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Colorado Springs, CO: Air Force Academy Falcon Trail

Distance: 12.56 mi Points: 444 Calories: 763
Total Time: 1:34:05 Speed: 8.0 mph Pace: 7:29 / mi
Active Time: 1:34:03 Speed: 8.0 mph Pace: 7:29 / mi

Points of Interest

Falcon Trail markers

Location: 38.999976, -104.849567
These markers keep you on the trail and let you know how far into the trail you are if you don't have a computer.

Mostly singletrack

Location: 38.983565, -104.862785
Trail bridge: try to pop it and hop it. Most of the trail is singletrack with a few rock gardens and several bridges for a nice change of pace.

Let's not forget about the view...

Location: 39.001310, -104.894457
Right in the shadow of the mountains, the Falcon Trail affords great foothill views of the Airforce Academy and the Springs.


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