Trailhead: Pawnee Road Trailhead

Activities: Hiking

Closest City / Town: Manitou Springs, Colorado

Driving Directions:

  • From Colorado Springs, head west down Highway 24.
  • Get off at the Manitou Avenue exit and head left (westerly direction).
  • Continue on Manitou Avenue through the City of Manitou Springs.
  • Approximately halfway through Manitou Springs, take a left (south) on Pawnee Avenue.
  • Continue up Pawnee, which is a very steep paved road, until it turns into a gravel road.
  • There is a small parking area on the right next to a large drainage.  This is the trailhead parking lot.

Hiking Distance: approximately 2.5 miles (roundtrip)

Description: The trail begins by heading out west along the Paul Intemann Trail.  Approximately 0.5 miles from the trailhead, you’ll see a sign for the Red Mountain spur trail.  Take a left at the junction, and head up to the the top of Red Mountain.  It is 0.75 miles, all uphill, to the top.

The trail ends at a false summit.  There is an old building foundation at the top.  Word has it that the area was actually used as a gentleman’s club many years ago.  One other note, the Intemann Trail Committee constructed the entire trail.

Worth Noting: The views of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, and Manitou Springs are epic – especially from the top of Red Mountain.  Palmer Land Trust holds a conservation easement on much of the Red Mountain Open Space.

 

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