Trailhead / Access
The Falcon Trail is on the grounds of the Air Force Academy. To get to the trailhead, you will need to enter the academy at the north gate entrance unless you have a military ID. I would advise you check the website for the academy to get the lastest information about access to the academy as it can change quickly.
Proceed west from the north gate entrance to the first left turn (just past the B-52), Stadium Blvd. Take the second right (just before the stadium) about a 1/4 mile. There is a grass/dirt parking area used for football parking and the trail passes along the western boundry. This is the trailhead that I use most and the map mileage is based on starting there. The official start marker is further west
If you have old maps of the Falcon Trail, throw them away. It has been revamped recently and the old maps might cause confusion. We tried to find the trail by parking at the rec center as recommended by one old map guide only to find ourselves hunting around for about a mile til we found the trail. The next time I ran the course, I decided that starting by the Stadium was the best spot since it means that you will have downhill for most of the last 4 miles or so of the course.
The new trail is 13 miles long and winds around the Academy. The scenery along the trail is great. The trail is single track but not too rocky and seems to have weathered nicely over the last 2 years that it has been redone. Only a couple of places might a novice trail person want to walk their bike or watch their footing during a run or hike.