“A commuting trail across North Colorado Springs that parallels Cottonwood Creek.
— Allen Tanner
The paved portion of the trails make for easy family rides along a wide path.
Starting at the Briargate community, this trail winds behind homes on a mix of dirt and paved trail. As it dips under Powers Blvd. a portion has significant erosion, but this is only a small part.
The dirt singletrack continues behind homes until it crosses Woodman at Austin Bluffs. Multiple access sites are available from the nearby communities.
From Woodman west, a portion of the trail is paved until Cottonwood Creek Park. Many runners and people walking their dogs are common along this portion, but the trail is wide and allows easy passing.
At Cottonwood Creek Park, the trail splits. Along the south side of the river the paved path continues. The north side of the trail is dirt. Again, many pedestrians and dogs can be encountered.
At Union Blvd, the north dirt path ends and only the south paved path continues to Academy Blvd.
There is construction on the Cottonwood Creek Trail past Academy, and it requires crossing at Dublin, riding back to York Drive and reentering the trail from community access. Hopefully, there will be an easier access point crossing Academy at some point in the future. There is also construction further along the river at Vincent that will cut under I-25 and join the Santa Fe trail but is not completed (as of 10/2015).