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Mays Peak Lollipop

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fairly easy lollipop loop to Mays Peak with 360 views.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

84%

Runnable

8,269' 2,520 m

High

7,499' 2,286 m

Low

803' 245 m

Up

796' 243 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This is a great little peak if you are short on time or just want some good views without getting too winded. The trail was very quiet on a weekend in June; only saw a couple mountain bikers.

Runner Notes

Mostly dirt and rolling hills until you reach the summit area where the trail becomes very steep and has loose gravel in spots.

Description

Starting at the parking lot where Gold Camp Rd meets High Drive, you'll keep to the right of the parking lot and run High Drive up to the point where several singletrack trails converge at the High Drive sign (about 1 mile in).

I did the loop portion of the trail clockwise, so keeping straight you'll just slightly veer to the right of High Drive onto singletrack trail. High Drive will drop away at your left and you'll be in some nicely shaded Ponderosa pine forest. Just before 1.5 miles into the run, you'll take a right turn at an unassuming area of the trail to head up to Mays Peak. I suggest peeking at the map around this time; when first doing this route I missed the turn.

From this point the trail is easy to follow. The next point in which you'll want to have your map out is to turn onto the spur up to the peak. There are a few criss-crossing paths in this area, but head steeply uphill and you'll know you're going the right way. After a short, steep incline you'll reach the peak which is flat and wide. Take a break and enjoy the views of southern Colorado Springs and the mountains behind you before you head back down to that criss-crossing area to take the trail to the right and finish the loop.

On the way down there are a few other trails that are tempting, but staying straight and sticking to the map will have you easily finding your way back to High Drive.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers, small mammals, mule deer

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Colorado Springs

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Courtney M

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Photos

View of Helen Hunt Falls from Gold Camp Rd.
Aug 5, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
View of Mount Buckhorn from Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
Aug 5, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
FSR 380 aka High Drive. Gravel roadway currently not open to motorized vehicles.
Aug 5, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
TH Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail. Connection from High Drive.
Aug 5, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Mays Peak
Jun 21, 2022 near Manitou…, CO
Top of High Drive.
May 23, 2016 near Manitou…, CO

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