As with most things in The Springs, backpacking and hiking here revolve around Pikes Peak. Literally. The Ring the Peak Trail system encircles the 14,115-foot giant with 63 miles of trails and roads that will make a complete circumnavigation hike possible. At present, 80 percent of the system is in place and nine portals provide access for everything from extended trips straight out of town to stunning day hikes. The most postcard-perfect hiking in Colorado Springs is in the famed Garden of the Gods park (which, by the way, is free). The trail itself is just a four mile jaunt, but you don’t come here for the walk so much for the scenery. Here, the same red rock sandstone that juts up at other iconic spots on the Front Range such as Boulder’s Flatirons or Red Rocks Amphitheater is at its most magnificent.