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Heizer Trail

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Length

2.9 Miles 4.7 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

551' 168 m

Ascent

-1,841' -561 m

Descent

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

9,342' 2,848 m

High

7,501' 2,286 m

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The Heizer Trail is a lesser-known access point to the trails at the foot of Pike's Peak.

Allen Tanner

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The Heizer Trail is an intense climb up to the foothills of Pike's Peak which can be used to access French Creek Trail or Manitou Reservoir Trail.

The first mile is a series of switchbacks which are steep on the turns but manageable on the incline. After this point, the trail climbs steeply up the mountain, made difficult by Pike's granite pebbles.

The switchbacks become more steep in the second mile and the slopes between become more technical. A lot of hike-a-bike is to be expected for most riders in the second mile.

The third mile levels off at the top then descends toward the Hurricane Canyon area, where it meets the French Creek Trail and Manitou Reservoir Trail.

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Aug 26, 2017
Allen Tanner
Oct 24, 2016
Allen Tanner
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Don't know why this is described as an out and back. By far the best way to do this trail is up the barr (which is rideable), down Heizer (all rideable), and back to town on ute pass trail. May 29, 2017
Allen Tanner
Colorado Springs, CO
Allen Tanner   Colorado Springs, CO
Resubmitted edit to reverse direction of the trail, and show the preferred descent. Also updated info that Manitou Res Trail + Heizer is locally known as the 'Heizer Trail' Aug 22, 2017
If you connect this trail with a shuttle from Elk Park to Manitou Reservoir trail it is a great ending. You definitely don't want to ride up this! Riding down gives you a great challenge to your steep descending skills and your ability to maneuver tight switchbacks. It's not your normal descent, but the steepness will keep you on your toes the entire way down! Think outside the box and you will love this trail if you are headed down, not up. Jun 1, 2018

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