Finding a place to park has been the hardest part of hiking up Austin Bluffs. The trail starts on the UCCS campus and all parking requires a student/faculty permit. Most hikers have parked in the residential neighborhoods across from the main campus. This route both solves the parking issue and gets you a much more scenic and aesthetic hike at the same time.
From Interstate-25 take the Garden of the Gods exit 146. Drive east 0.7 miles to North Nevada Ave and take a left at the stop light. Continue on North Nevada for 0.4 miles and make a right at Eagle Rock Rd into the Four Diamonds parking lot; this is a remote lot for students and visitors which does not require a permit. The trail starts behind the building at the SE corner of lot #14, which is the southernmost lot on the right side of Eagle Rock Rd. You can also park at the mall across the street (opposite side of North Nevada).