Brookside-McCurdy Trail

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Aside from the Colorado Trail, this is the longest trail in the Pike National Forest, coming in at 38-miles one-way. If done in full, it can be an excellent weekend backpacking trip, but there are also lots of access points to tailor a shorter, more custom-made hike.

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Deb Acord

Destination Distance From Downtown

54.6 miles


4 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

1-3 Days



Dog Friendly

Leashed Dogs

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The longest trail in the Pike National Forest (except for the Colorado Trail), Brookside-McCurdy winds 38 miles through dense forests, open meadows, and stands of some of the tallest aspen trees in Colorado. There are several entry points, and this trail also provides access to Hankins Pass and Lake Park Trails, as well as the Colorado Trail. 

For this hike, park at the Twin Eagles Trailhead off Tarryall Road, about two hours west of Colorado Springs. Cross Tarryall Creek and begin climbing. The trail skirts private property and climbs through the aspen forest to a junction with Hankins Pass Trail. Continue on the main trail, crossing Hay Creek. This is a low point; soon after, you’ll begin climbing again. There are nearly three dozen switchbacks on this route, with an elevation gain of 5,000 feet and a loss of 4,500 feet. There are countless spots along the way for backcountry camping. The area is accessible year-round, but in the winter, the low points can be frigid in the shade.


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