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Forest Lakes trail

New trail under construction now at Forest Lakes #7 near Monument.

Trail Love Dig Dates: additional dates coming soon

An exciting new trail opportunity was identified in early 2022, located at the western end of Baptist Road, south of Monument, in the Forest Lakes #7 housing development. FL7 is a new development currently under construction by our friends at Classic Homes.

The map above shows the approximate location. Why is this spot good for a new trail?

Great scenery, tucked into the foothills above Bristlecone lake, with a remote feeling close to the town of Monument.

The neighborhood is connected to the Santa Fe Trail by a new El Paso County regional trail – easy bike access.

Adjacent to the Pike National Forest – in future, pending USFS planning processes, we anticipate a connection to the existing trail network.

Interesting, varied terrain with ~200′ of climbing on each of 2 legs of the trail.

The neighborhood is connected to the Santa Fe Trail by a new El Paso County regional trail – easy bike access.

Plenty of cool rocks to build dynamic riding features.

We’re excited to have mechanical construction support from Traction Trailworx.

Construction of the trail is underway now – the corridor has been cleared and we are preparing for tread construction that will be done with a combination of machine work and handbuilding. As of fall 2023 the western edge of the trail is open. Additional construction will continue into 2024, depending on weather and scheduling of Trail Love volunteer dig dates.

Our partners in this project include Classic Homes, Forest Lakes Metro District, Trails End Taproom, the Free Radicals, SRAM, and employees from Keysight Technologies who have been part of it since the beginning. We are also grateful to El Paso County Parks and Planning staff for their suggestions around the connection to the regional trail, and to the US Forest Service Pike Ranger District, for the ongoing discussions about connecting this trail to the USFS system trail 715.

The project provides about 1.5mi of new singletrack, multi-use and multi-direction. Where it’s possible due to sight lines, there will be optional dynamic features that appeal to advanced riders.

Trail Love Dig Dates usually start by navigating to 5085 Mesa Top Road. Depending on the specific work location, we will meet at an appropriate spot for easiest access. The MedWheel tent will be visible where we meet up.