This is an easy 7 mile lollipop route, which has about 700 feet of elevation gain. The route starts at about 7200' of elevation.
The Black Forest Regional Park is located in the Black Forest area of El Paso County, Colorado, northeast of the intersection of Shoup Road and Milam Road, continuing north east to the intersection of Vessey Road and Holmes Road. Access to the Regional Park is off of Milam Road and Vessey Road.
Black Forest Regional Park has been under the care of El Paso County since 1977. As a Regional Park Black Forest preserves a unique open space and provides recreational opportunities to the citizens of El Paso County. The most recent agreement with the Cathedral Pines developer secured 145 acres of open space for public use as a regional park north of the original park. This extension cut five Park Department maintained trails plus two additional “social trails.” In the fall of 2008 the Parks Department put in some connecting trails. These included two at-grade road crossings and one culvert under Milam Rd. that is large enough for horseback riders.
Edit 7/29/21: The beginning portion of this route contains many trail offshoots and variations. Please pay close attention to the depicted route on the website (download the .gpx) so that all FKT attempts can be fairly compared.