Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Templeton Gap Trail

With some good but windy weather, I got to ride the Templeton Gap Trail, This trail starts off the Pikes Peak Greenway and heads east. The trail is now 99% paved or cement which is a real improvement as there use to be a lot of "broken asphalt and dirt".  You head slightly north then up over a large hill, heading to Nevada Ave. You have to use the crosswalk light to get to the path on the other side, that continues east to Portal Park, a nice place to stop for a snack.

The trail now has two roads on each side of the drainage ditch, take the trail on the "right" side as that one is in much better shape and let's you continue east, via a small tunnel. At the top of the tunnel, turn LEFT along the street and then you start heading "north", this takes you to the bridge at Austin Bluffs Parkway, to continue north, you go "under" the bridge via the drainage flow and to the end of the trail at "Ranch Road", this is approximately, 3/4 of a mile south of Academy Blvd. and Union Blvd. If you take a "left" at the bridge the trail heads east along the Austin Bluffs Parkway, over 3 steep hills and then ends. You can pick up the Greencrest Trail thru Palmer Park but that's a "DIRT" trail made for mountain bicycling or you can continue north on a "sidewalk" to Academy Blvd.

Start of T-Gap Trail, off of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail

You have to cross Nevada Ave at the Crosswalk light, to continue on the T-Gap Trail

Portal Park a nice place to stop for a snack! :)

IF you turned left at the tunnel this is what you'll see, heading north.

This is the bridge at Austin Bluffs, head down to continue north, head east over the bridge to go to Academy Blvd.

End of the trail heading north towards Academy Blvd. and Union Blvd.

It's around 5 miles long (one way) and has a few small hills to get the heart rate up, LOL! ENJOY! :)