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).