Hikers to get first glimpse of long-awaited Dixon Trail at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Friday, September 21, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The long wait is over for hikers seeking a trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain. The Dixon Trail in Cheyenne Mountain State Park will open to the public on Tuesday, Sept. 25, even as construction continues on the final touches.

A formal grand-opening ceremony is planned in October for the trail, which is rated difficult to extreme.

For now, hikers could encounter trail crews at any time. Hikers should avoid crews and stay uphill of any trail markings they encounter. All flags, stakes and ribbons should be left alone so trail crews can finish their work as quickly as possible.

Leaving from the Limekiln Trailhead parking lot, hikers will follow Talon Trail 3.3-miles through gentle foothills. From there, the 4.5-mile Dixon Trails begins. Hikers can expect a 2,500 feet elevation gain to the top. This is where the trail gets extremely challenging. Pinflags mark the trail through dense forest, over rock outcroppings and up steep switchbacks.

As you push toward the top, hikers will encounter an aspen grove in a large meadow and even the ruins of a 1957 plane crash.

From the mountain top, two more trails can be accessed. Mountain Loop, is a 1.4-mile, difficult trail that takes hikers through several aspen groves. Dragon's Backbone is a 0.85-mile strenuous hike that offers a one-of-a-kind view of Colorado Springs.

Hikers need to go prepared because there are no pick up points and no water sources anywhere on trail. Camping is not allowed along the trail. Visitors should expect difficult to extreme trail conditions.

Round trip for the entire trail system is 17-plus miles.

At this time the trail is recommended for hikers only. The trail is still being worked on and mountain bikers and equestrians will encounter trail sections that are not yet suitable or safe to ride. Eventually, mountain bikers and equestrians will be able to access approximately 2.5-miles of the Dixon trail.

Access to Cheyenne Mountain State Park is $7 for a daily pass or $70 for an annual pass, per vehicle.