Two Shoes Trek Challenge

Ute Valley Park -† 9.18 miles

 

Strava Segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/25490237

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2734501474383204714

 

 

 

 

Start - miles 0-0.1

Head out of the parking lot on the trail that heads south-west (do not go over the bridge to the east). Turn right on the second trail, go over the wooden bridge and take another right.

 

 

Mile 0.4

Head towards Vindicator. Just before you hit the sidewalk, go up the hill to the left

 



 

Mile 0.5

At the top of the ridge, take the first left. This trail will meet up with a larger trail; continue in the same direction (south/south-east)

Miles 0.5-1.1

Continue along the entire length of the ridge. Do not take any sharp right or left turns. See photos for two key spots.

 

 

Mile 1.1

At this fork the trails appear to go almost parallel, take the upper (right) trail. Follow this trail and it will eventually take you to the top of the ridge. There is a small switch back before you get on top of the ridge - donít panic, just keep following the trail. 

 

 

Mile 1.3

At the top of the ridge, peak over the edge to see Pikes Peak and the Garden of the Gods. Then take a left (south). Continue along the top of the ridge. Youíll have to climb over some rocks, but just follow the trail and stay towards the top of the ridge.

Mile 1.6

The trail will curve to the left (No photo). Follow the trail until the wide Pine Ridge trail. Take this trail to the right (south).

 

 

Mile 2

At the intersection of four trails, go down the steep hill to the right. Bonus point: at the bottom of the hill, document yourself heping the sweet girl read a few pages of her book. Then turn around and head back up the hill. At the top of the hill, turn left to go up the trail you just came down.

 

 





 

Mile 2.1

At the top of the hill, turn right

Mile 2.2

You will see a gate in front of you. Before the gate, turn left and follow the trail down the hill.

 

 

 

Mile 2.5

Pass the fence that says ďrerouteĒ and follow the rerouted trail as it winds back and forth across the old trail.

 

 

 

Mile 2.6

At the other end of the rerouted trail, curve around to the left/almost a U-turn.

 

Mile 2.7

Take the second left near the top of this hill. DO NOT turn at the ďTo scrub oak pathĒ sign. Follow this trail until you get back to Pine Ridge trail. There are a few places where the trail appears to fork slightly, the trails always come back together, so choose your own adventure (just keep going west, up the hill).

 

 

 

Mile 3.1

When you get back to the Pine Ridge trail, turn right.

 

Mile 3.6

At the bottom of the hill, cross the small bridge and go up the small hill. At the top of this hill, take a sharp right.

 

 

Mile 4 

At this intersection, go left. If you donít immediately see a stone arch, you are not in the right place. Go under the arch.

 

 

 

Mile 4.2a

Past the arch, take a left and go up the hill.

 

 

Mile 4.2b

At the top of this part of the hill, take a sharp left to continue up the steep hill

 

 

 

Mile 4.5

At the top of the hill, take a lap around the bench, a quick rest, soak in the view of Pikes Peak and get ready to do everything in reverse.

Mile 4.8a

At the bottom of the steep hill, take a sharp right

Mile 4.8b

Stay to the right and go towards the arch. Go under the arch, and watch your head!

 

 

Mile 5.4

Take a sharp left, go down the hill and over the little bridge. At this intersection, your instinct might be to go right and back to the start, but it is not time yet, you still have 3 miles to go.

Mile 5.9

Near the top of the hill, take a left onto the hummingbird trail (there is a sign on the right side of the trail). After you turn, stay to the left so you donít fall off a cliff.

 

 

Mile 6.3

When you come to the intersection at the bottom of the hill, turn right.

 

 

Mile 6.4

Turn right towards the fence and then right again to follow the rerouted trail. When you pass the second fence, continue straight.

Mile 6.8

At the top of the hill, turn right (left will take you to a gate, donít go that way).

 

 

Mile 6.9

Look familiar? It should. And, yes, you have to go down and up the hill again :) If you need to pause, you can read a few more pages or get the photo you forgot to get last time. At the top of this hill, turn left to continue up the hill.

 

 

Mile 7.4

Turn left and head back up to the ridge. †Once you get to the top of the ridge, make sure you go north (right). There are some social trails to the left, donít take them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mile 7.8

Turn right and go down the little switch-back.

 

 

 

Miles 7.8-8.6

Stay heading north/northwest on the trail. Until mile 9.3, at every intersection you will take the left trail (see photos).

 

 

 

Mile 8.6a

Take the lower/right path.

 

 

Mile 8.6b

Towards the end of the ridge, a small trail will veer off the large trail to the right, take it. If you miss it, no worries, just take a right at the end of the ridge. It goes the same place, just slightly longer.

 

 

Miles 8.6-8.7

At the end of the ridge, go right and then take another right at the bottom of the hill. Yes, the parking lot is right in front of you, but you are not done yet!

 

 

 

Miles 8.9-finish

Take a left at miles 8.9, cross the bridge and continue straight (donít go left). When you are back on the mail trail, turn left and head back to the trailhead.