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Anyone know of any good trails to run at high altitude. Looking for something hilly and more than, say, 8 miles....? I am trying to avoid the hassle of driving up the Pikes Peak Highway. Thanks!

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Comment by Cindy Biondo on July 25, 2011 at 2:30pm
Thank you both! This is really helpful. I am just beginning to familiarize myself with the trails around Cheyenne Canyon. I just finished Cap'n Jacks to Jones Park, Pipeline, then Seven Bridges. My running partner and I will tackle the Crags and up the back side of Pikes Peak next week. I'll check out Almagre, and Mt. Rosa as well.
Comment by Elevationathletics.org on July 25, 2011 at 10:50am
You can do Almagre, the peak that is south of Pikes Peak, but part of the Pikes Peak massif.  There are different routes to get to the final summit approach, most of which come up from Cheyenne Canyon.  I would suggest a good topo of the area or running with someone who has done it.  It is a beautiful run, lots of climbing, and great views.  Mt. Rosa is a good run, and you can make it up to around twenty miles round trip if you start at Stratsmore Discovery, with lots of elevation gain, but it only tops you out at around 11,500.
Comment by Cindy Biondo on July 24, 2011 at 6:29pm

Thanks Tim,

I'll check it out.

Comment by Tim Bergsten on July 24, 2011 at 5:35pm
If you don't mind the drive, you can do the back side of Pikes Peak. It starts at the Crags campground ... here is a link that might help. http://www.localhikes.com/Hikes/PikesPeakfromCrags_0000.asp

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