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Easily accessible from Colorado Spings, with views of the city and 360° mountain views from the top.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.3

KM

72%

Runnable

7,964' 2,427 m

High

6,733' 2,052 m

Low

1,248' 380 m

Up

17' 5 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views

Overview

A great route located close to Colorado Springs, this is a perfect place to get outside and to get a great workout. Combine the Mt. Cutler Trail and the Muscoco Trail for a ridgeline and view-filled outing.

Description

The trailhead is located at a small parking lot on N Cheyenne Canyon Rd (no restrooms), 1.5 miles after the turnoff for the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center (keep right). A fairly gradual incline with some interesting rock formations start this strenuous outing.

There are several forks in the trail which lead off to other areas, but the trail is fairly well signed. The main turnoff is under a mile in (around .75mi), take the right turn to head up to Mt. Muscoco.

Some views of Colorado Springs pop up about half way up the mountain, around 1 mi to 1.25mi.

The last third towards the top gets a little slippery with loose rock and gravel, but just take your time and you'll be fine.

From the top, there are great 360° views of the surrounding mountains, you can spot a Seven Falls waterfall and old mining or lookout town to the southeast.

Overall this is a really great half-day outing.

Contacts

Land Manager: City of Colorado Springs

Shared By:

Jessie Eby

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  4.4 from 36 votes

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View of N Cheyenne Canyon Rd., about ~0.1 miles from the Mt. Muscoco Trailhead.
May 20, 2016 near Colorad…, CO
Shortly after taking the right-fork in the trail to head up to Mt. Muscoco.
May 20, 2016 near Colorad…, CO
Winding stairs on trail assist you with the ascending terrain.
Jun 18, 2017 near Stratmoor, CO
View from summit looking east into city center.
Aug 31, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
View looking west from the top of Mt. Muscoco with a sneak peek of snow capped mountains in the distance.
May 20, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
This is at the top, at the end. I sat and ate my orange and meditated to relish in the greatness.
Apr 4, 2017 near Manitou…, CO

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