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Eagles Peak isn’t the highest mountain in the Pikes Peak region, but this trail is so steep and unrelenting it may feel like it. At 9,368 feet, Eagles Peak towers over the Air Force Academy, a granite spire that generations of cadets have climbed as a rite of passage. Starting near the Academy Visitor’s Center, the trail follows a utility for a short distance and climbs along Goat Camp Creek. You’ll gain 1,900 feet of elevation gain in 1.8 miles, a grade that can rival the Manitou Incline in steepness. But at least that has railroad ties. The trail surface is loose gravel that can challenge even the most sure-footed hikers on the descent. Pass a waterfall and then turn left for the 500-foot plunge up the peak’s north side to the summit, which offers amazing views of the Academy and the Front Range foothills.

Pro Tips

  • You’ll need to show ID to get onto the Air Force Academy, which may be off-limits to hikers depending on the national security threat level, so be prepared to comply if base security says you can’t hike it. Arguing with military police will accomplish you absolutely nothing.
  • Bring a copy of the Pikes Peak Atlas for this hike, which is not an official national forest trail but has been marked with blue trail markers.
  • If you can still walk after coming down from the summit, head west at the turnoff to follow Goat Camp Creek to the junction with the Stanley Canyon Trail (Trail No. 707) which takes a different return route back to the Academy. You may need to walk a short way on the road back to your car.
  • Recommended season(s): Spring – fall.

    –R. Scott Rappold

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