It’s New Map Monday in North Ranch: Bowfield Trail to Three Peaks
- A good intermediate workout with several options
- Climb up to three peaks (and one sub-peak), all with great views all around
- For an even great workout, continue on moderately steeper trails southwest on the Saddle Pass Trail or southeast on the Aqiwo Trail to the Wishbone Loop Trail
- The nearby Lindero Creek Trail provides a relaxing and shady change of pace
Description This is a route with a number of options, all of which lead to impressive views in every direction. The route starts at Bowfield Road near the North Ranch Playfield and goes to the viewpoint on Peak #3 (see map below). On the way, you can climb up to either or both of Peaks #1 and #2. And you can do the same on the way back.
This route has a lot of climbing and can make a good workout hike, but not everyone will want to visit all the peaks. The trail up to Peak #1 is very steep, is somewhat loose and is a challenging climb. Even riders on ebikes probably will not be able to make it to the top without pushing their bike up at least part of the way.
The distance and climbing listed below are for the entire route. It doesn’t matter the order you climb to the various peaks.
For a change of pace after completing this route, you can visit the beautiful Lindero Creek Trail with it’s shady oak canopy north of the North Ranch Playfields.
Popularity: Moderately popular
Parking: Free on Bowfield Street
Distance: 4.6 miles
Cumulative Climbing and Descent: 950’
For all the details including an elevation profile and photos, download the printable full PDF guide.
For complete details on this trail guide and other new ones, go to https://cosf.org/trails/trail-guides/