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Dixon Trail, Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Warning: The Cheyenne Mountain summiting path is not for everybody. But for sturdy, prepared hikers who rise early, summer will be time to celebrate the Pikes Peak region's best new footpath. This will be the Dixon Trail's first busy season since it officially opened last fall at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Here are the numbers: 15-plus miles round trip, 3,000-plus feet of elevation gain. Here's the reward: A side of rugged nature that's been anticipated for decades.
— Seth Boster