Pineries Open Space Trail in Colorado Springs - NEW TRAIL IN BLACK FOREST!

A new 8.5-mile trail recently opened to the public in Colorado Springs. El Paso County has expanded its vast network of trails by adding the Pineries Open Space Trail in Black Forest.

Check out our video to see what this trail looks like in person. 🙂


Pineries Open Space Trail Specs & Distance

  • Distance: 8.5 Miles
  • Elevation: 440 Feet
  • Location: 13201 Vollmer Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908 (Click to View on Google Maps)
  • Hours: April to October: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm | November to March: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Hiking: Intermediate. The terrain is suitable for beginners, but the distance is better for intermediate hikers.
  • Biking: Good for intermediate riders. Expert level mountain bikers will be bored here.
  • Running: Great trails for long-distance runners.
  • Equestrian Horseback Riding: Excellent trail for all levels of riders.

Trail Rules

  • Pets must be on a leash. Owners must remove any pet excrement
  • No smoking, hunting, camping, fireworks, motorized vehicles, alcoholic beverages, or glass containers.

In the last week, I have hiked, biked, and run this trail. It's my new favorite! I used to go to the Section 16 Trailhead weekly and run it two times in a row to get a solid 7.5 miles. Now I can just go to the new Pineries Open Space Trail and run it once with no repetitive loops. This trail is a fantastic asset for people living in Colorado Springs.

It took my family just over 3 hours to hike this trail. In my opinion, it's a little too long for younger children. My kids hike often and had no problem with it, but if your kids do not hike, they may get exhausted.

I ran this trail in just over 1.5 hours and biked it in 45 minutes. This trail will be my new go-to trail for running. It's perfect for people who need the extra distance. The elevation averaged around 440 feet with just a few steep climbs involved.

Mountain biking this trail is relaxing. I would rate it as a beginner to intermediate trail for bikers. There are rarely any large rocks on the trail.

Thank you, El Paso County, for adding more trails on which people can explore and create habits for a healthy lifestyle. I am very grateful for this new trail and will be using it weekly. 🙂

Pineries Open Space Trailhead Map

Pineries Open Space Trailhead Map

Photos from Pineries Open Space Trail

Pineries Open Space Entrance Sign

Pineries Open Space Forest

Pineries Open Space Pikes Peak

Pineries Open Space Trail

Pineries Open Space Trail View

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