Staunton SP

Staunton SP

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fallen Timbers Wilderness Area, Fox Run Regional Park

Fallen Timbers Wilderness Area
Fox Run Regional Park

Date Hiked:  Feb 25, 2012

Distance: 2.6 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 300ft
Elevation Min/Max: 7,287 to 7,545ft
Managing Agency: El Paso County
Fee: None

Fox Run Regional Park Trail Map (El Paso Co.)
Fox Run Trail Map (Google Maps)

Directions: From Colorado Springs take I-25 take exit 156A to Northgate Blvd.  Head east on N. Gate Blvd and turn left (north) on Old North Gate Rd and left again on Roller Coaster Rd.  Turn left (west) on Stella Drive and right into the park’s main entrance.  At the intersection turn right, then left towards the picnic and lakes area.  The trailhead is across the road from Spruce Lake and the Wedding Gazebo.

Fox Run Regional Park is a pretty park located in the northern part of the Black Forest of El Paso County.  The park has many recreational facilities including a trail system in the Fallen Timbers Wilderness Area.  There is a double loop trail in the northern section of the park and a trail in the eastern section as well.  This hike follows the northern loop.

From the lakes area head north for almost .3 miles to the Fallen Timbers Loop Area.  Turn right and follow the trail through the woods when you reach the junction .3 mi into the loop, you can either stay straight for .5 mi to complete the loop or turn left and cut off the eastern portion of the loop.  Turning left saves you .2 miles.  Either way when you reach the northern intersection continue to the west for .6 miles to complete the loop and rejoin the connector trail that you started on heading back to the lakes and the trailhead.

The trails here are short, but pleasant and the forest is impressive.   There is also a dog park, picnic areas, and other recreational activities that you can combine with the hike for a pleasant afternoon in the Black Forest.

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