Pike Peak Loop is a five mile trail in the Cathedral Pines neighborhood located in Black Forest. This pleasant loop passes under pine trees and a few open areas, encirling the entire community.
From the trailhead parking walk about 0.3 miles along the road until you reach the main loop. To hike the trail in clockwise direction turn left. After another 0.4 miles you can stop by a small pond and do some bird watching. The loop continues south where it intersects with the northern end of the Black Forest Regional Park. The southern portion of the loop is affected by the Black Forest Fire of 2013 and there are many burned trees.
About 0.6 miles after you cross the Milam Road turn right and walk north on paved Winslow Road. The trail through the forest picks up again on the left side and is well marked. Views of Pikes Peak and Air Force Academy open up to the west in the next section. Eventually the trail turns east and back south to complete the loop.
Few side trails connect the loop to the community center in the middle.
Distance: Five mile loop.
Directions: From Highway 83 take Shoup Road east. After 3.2 miles turn left (North) on Holmes Road. After 1.8 miles turn left into Cathedral Pines on Vessey Road. Immediately turn left agin into the trailhead parking lot next to a maintenance building.
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