Lake Moraine Trail
ElevationAscent: 782' 238 m
Descent: -439' -134 m
High: 10,308' 3,142 m
Low: 9,632' 2,936 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Popular rides nearby
22.2 mi 35.7 km • Point to Point • 1,694 ft Ascent 516.48 m Ascent
12.5 mi 20.2 km • Loop • 1,672 ft Ascent 509.68 m Ascent
9.8 mi 15.7 km • Point to Point • 65 ft Ascent 19.91 m Ascent
Colorado Springs to Cañon City Bikepack via Cripple Creek and Victor
141.6 mi 227.9 km • Loop • 10,383 ft Ascent 3164.85 m Ascent
Jones Park Loop
36.7 mi 59.1 km • Loop • 4,526 ft Ascent 1379.62 m Ascent
24.2 mi 39.0 km • Loop • 3,733 ft Ascent 1137.82 m Ascent
“A high mountain trail with epic views and sweet singletrack.”— Doug Bursnall
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
Need to Know
Starting a quarter mile along the Mountain View Trailhead left at the signpost. The first mile is down rolling singletrack across three bridges and a testy rock garden at the base of the descent. The trail then crosses the famous Cog Railway. Climbing from the rails, the trail crosses a bridge and then traverses around and through a number of boulder piles, be sure to negotiate the split rock and watch for fun b-lines. After a couple of beautiful aspen groves, the trail enters 'moose wood', where volunteer trail builders were watched by a young buck in 2017. 'Moose wood' is a rolling serpentine trail section through pine forest that ends in a high mountain meadow with epic views of Pikes Peak.
This is the half-way point, and now the climbing begins. Cross the bridge and suffer up the climb from 9,600' to 9,900' and watch for great views through the trees. At 9,900', you'll find a brief respite with an exposed (at points) drop to Ruxton Creek. As you cross the exposed rock slab, you can see your final destination saddle off to the east to the right of a prominent rocky peak.
Cross Ruxton Creek by a wide bridge and climb up around a rock slab ridge, circle its top bowl, and if energy allows, test your grip climbing up to huge views on the slabs upper section. Continue from the slabs via bermed corners and around large granite boulders until reaching the utility road crossing. Do not ride up or down this road, cross to continue on the trail.
You're now at 10,000'. Climb through more boulders and across a short boulder field to reach the highpoint at 10,240'. Roll over the ridgeline and flow down and across to the very top of Jones Park #667 where a huge descent is waiting (after two miles of rolling traverse).
Local Club: Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates
May 22, 2020: Support MWTA – by doing what you’re already doing.
May 8, 2020: Trail sharing etiquette video
Apr 8, 2020: Etiquette: How to Share a Trail
Land Manager: City of Colorado Springs