Review: Awesome trail. I live in Oklahoma and Colorado MTB is way different (so much better!). This trail had everything from tough long climbs to fast and flowy technical downhills to stream crossings and beautiful views. If this was my home trail, I would be good at all things MTB (excpet massive jumps). There is a climb going clockwise on this trail that seemed to NEVER end. I want to visit CO again just to clean that climb and a couple other more technical spots. Highly recommend this trail for the moderate to advanced rider.
Review: There really is something for everyone on this trail, from steep climbs to flowy single track to technical descents. This trail is not a one trick pony. I would not recommend this trail for first timers but it does not take too much experience to ride.
Review: Rode the Falcon Trail at the AFA for the first time this afternoon...what a fantastic trail!! If you're in the CO Springs area, this should be high on your list. Most of the singletrack has good flow, but be wary of lunchbox-sized rocks that are hiding in the brush. If you start at the trailhead off of Academy Dr and go CCW, at the 8.2-8.4 mile mark, you'll come to a fork; go left and you'll end up HAB up the hill, or cross the stream and keep going straight to meet up with the trail later (be careful of the stream as it can be pretty strong). As previously mentioned, there are some sections that are quite sandy and washed out, but nothing you can't handle by sitting back on the saddle a bit and float over. Easily would've rated this trail 5-stars had there not been so much sand and washed out sections. Give yourself an hour and a half to two hours for your first outing if your in reasonable shape. Enjoy the ride!
Review: Just rode this trail for the first time, it took me 2 hours 47 minutes. So the reviews saying AVERAGE is 2 hours or 1 hour 50 just can't be right. I'm no pro rider, but I've been riding for 6 years now. If this is your first time on the trail, plan on 3 hours. Trail condition as of yesterday is dry but sandy washout almost everywhere. I honestly hated most of this trail, every time you get a chance to pick up speed there is a sandy washout around the corner preventing you from keeping any momentum around turns. I'm from Arizona, where sandy washes are a normal thing, but even those trails aren't as washy as this. I rode CCW, I could see the other way being about the same. Lots of climbing and some descending. I can't see how this is seen as some of the best singletrack around, buckhorn and captain jacks are way better. Go try those, especially if you are just visiting.