A tour of several of the beginner trails around Pulpit Rock, the intermediate part is several areas of steep switchbacks and hillside exposure on the middle loop. Beginners can walk the switchbacks, and keep your eyes on the trail through the exposed sections, it's only scary if you look down... or fall.
You can start off in the parking lot of the Mountain Lion Field House/UCCS Baseball Field, which you ride past, or park at the Santa Fe Trailhead by Costco (as mapped here) and ride under Nevada Ave to the Open Space.
The first loop takes you up the crushed granite path to a short cruise through the neighborhood to the downhill payoff. From there, you have a bit more climbing to start the second loop, the best part.
The singletrack winds through the meadow and up the ridge that is in front of you. The climb is laid out well interspersing climbing with flat sections to give you a break, as well as a few steep switchbacks to build your skills on.
A short excursion from the main trail takes you to the top of the ridge overlooking Pulpit Rock, downtown Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain, and Blodgett Peak. The back half of the second loop is downhill fun, just remember the rule "your bike will go where you are looking" when rolling the exposed sections.
The third loop is more uphill to the east side of the Open Space, from there you can follow the ridges on difficult trails, or follow this path for the easiest (and in my opinion, most fun) way back down.
The ride finishes with a detour through The Windmill Project art piece, then back under Nevada Ave. to the parking area.
Shared By: Lloyd Gauthier