Family Friendly: Easy beginners trail. Fun, zoomy downhill stretches. Uphill climbs are strenuous, but not impossible for riders as young as 10 or 11.
The Sinton Trail is a paved, multi-purpose path that is part of the Colorado Springs urban trail network. Trail traffic is minimal, but watch out for downhill bikers-- they tend to travel at 25 mph or faster.
The trail slopes gently upward when riding east-to-west. At its eastern terminus, the elevation is approximately 6,100 feet. On the west end of the trail, the elevation is around 6,500 feet. Traveling downhill, a rider can travel at breakneck speeds with very little exertion. Rideers can get a pretty good uphill workout by maintaining a good uphill speed.
The trail's main purpose is to connect the main Pikes Peak Greenway Trail
to riders/walkers/runners in the Mountain Shadows area.
Most of the trail is "urban", traveling behind commercial properties and homes, although there are some short runs through groves of trees at the eastern end of the trail.
There are tunnels and bridges under major roads (Centennial, I-25), but there are a few minor street crossings where the rider must watch out for auto traffic. The trail also rides along the sidewalk of Garden of the Gods road (a major urban street) for a hundred yards or so.
A major highlight is a stop at Sinton Pond near the eastern end of the trail. It is hidden from view if you stay on the trail. A short climb up a bluff on the northern side of the trail (just west of the RR underpass) will reveal a peaceful pond.
There is an interesting tunnel that passes underneath Centennial Blvd. It is narrow and dark. Without a headlight, a rider must "look at the light at the end of the tunnel" and aim for it because you won't be able to see anything in the tunnel.