Eagles Peak rises above the United States Air Force Academy north-west of Colorado Springs. Though really a highpoint along the eastern ridge of the Rampart Range that extends south from Mt Herman to Blodgett Peak, Eagles Peak is defined by its large east facing rock face when compared to the surrounding ridge line.
Eagles Peak is perhaps most well known amongst cadets, as most new freshmen are lead up the peak by upperclassmen sometime during freshmen year. Many also return on their own with friends throught their time as cadets. For those that live in or near Colorado Springs, you have probably seen the result of one cadet's spirit mission on the peak. A senior about to graduate with the class of 2004 rappelled the face and left a giant '04 in white paint. While most cadets thought it was a cool spirit mission, the generals and officers were less pleased with his actions. It has now been mostly cleaned off and worn off, but there is still a faint outline left.
The primary route follows the gully to the north of the peak before exiting onto the northwest flanks of the summit block. Though a trail is present, it is not very high quality and some scrambling on loose gravel is required. It is also fairly eroded in spots.
On the grounds of the US Air Force Academy are two parking areas that serve as trailhead parking. The first is the Arnold Hall Parking area, the second is the Visitor's Center Parking Lot. Both are publicly accessible via the North Gate.
-From either north or south of the Academy, take the North Gate Road exit off of I-25 and head through the North Gate.
-Pass through the North Gate. It is usually open to the public from around 8 to 6, though this depends on secuity levels.
-Continue straight on Academy Drive which will head west, then it will turn to the south and you will pass the athletic field complex on the left.
-Both parking areas will be to the left and are easy to find.
-You know you have gone to far if you try to pass through a small security checkpoint south of the Visitor's Center.
The Academy is very well signed and it should be easy to find the way.
The peak itself of west of the Academy reservation, but since the trailhead's and part of the trail lie on military land, Eagles Peak can be restricted in its access. For the most part though, it is publicly accessible due to its location on the tourist accessible portion of base.
To check the security conditions, try:
The Vistor's Cetner at 719.333.2025
There are no parking passes, permits, or fees required. There are no seasonal closures.
When To Climb
Eagles Peak can be climbed year round though it is usually climbed more often in Summer and Fall. During Winter and Spring, snow and ice tend to collect in the gully, making for a more interesting adventure.