For hiking and biking around the Pikes Peak region, Susan Davies of the Trails and Open Space Coalition has some new places to explore.
This week on Nature's Neighborhood, where we highlight some possibly lesser known areas to get outside, Davies shares two spots with views of water and easy walkability.
Wolf Lake Walk
If you're looking for a quick water fix and a perfect family walk, you can easily loop around Wolf Lake in the northeast corner of Colorado Springs.
A six-foot wide concrete path will take you around the lake in just seven-tenths of a mile. Now for a longer walk, Wolf Lake Walk branches off from the Lake Loop and travels about one mile south to Research Parkway. Parking is plentiful along Wolf Lake Drive, and you'll have great views of grassland, Black Forest, and even Pikes Peak.
Crews Gulch Trail
Cyclists should check out the Crews Gulch Trail. It's a beautiful 5.2 mile round trip. The trail is easily accessed from the lightly used Johns Ceresa Memorial Park, located right along the Fountain Creek Regional Trail.
It's a neighborhood trail that climbs gently to Widefield Community Park, offering a wonderful disc golf course, multiple smooth trail options and access to the creekway flowing right through it center. As a bonus, the Bluestem Prairie Open Space is just about a half mile down the road.