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The abundance of rubbish on this trail is very unflattering, which makes the short trail unworthy of the venture.


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Map Key

1.1

Miles

1.8

KM

82%

Runnable

7,145' 2,178 m

High

6,733' 2,052 m

Low

414' 126 m

Up

73' 22 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

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Not open to equestrians or bikes. Hikers only. Dogs on leash.

Description

This trailhead is about 1.8 miles past the Starsmore Discovery Center and on the left with a small lot for parking. This trail is overrated, but for the casual runner and tourist there are some sights to be had.

The first 0.6 miles of the trails is a bit repugnant. Especially during busy times, there are traffic jams with inexperienced visitors toting their small children up the terrain in inappropriate footwear which is vexing for a more experienced runner. In addition, there are a lot of disrespectful dog owners with unleashed dogs, piles of dog excrement and loads of flies swarming the piles of waste - not a scenic start.

If you can make it to the cutoff of the Mount Muscoco trailhead, the trail becomes more satisfying. It seems at this point, the traffic thins a bit the next 0.1 miles to the summit. Upon reaching the summit, several paths can be taken to overlook different in different directions. Unfortunately, the views from the summit are okay, but not wondrous.

Overall, the rubbish found in the first part of the trail is very unflattering, which makes the short run unworthy of the venture.

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K Keiter

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  3.8 from 30 votes

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#477

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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
Sea of Pine Trees
Mar 7, 2019 near Stratmoor, CO
The trail requires climbing over rock slabs and sure footing as you navigate its loose sections.
Jun 18, 2017 near Stratmoor, CO
The Mt. Cutler Trail offers great views looking northwest into the canyon.
Jun 18, 2017 near Stratmoor, CO
You can glimpse a view of Helen Hunt Falls from near the summit of Mt. Cutler.
Jun 18, 2017 near Stratmoor, CO
Keep an eye out for the junction of the Mt. Cutler Trail and Mt. Muscoco.
Jun 18, 2017 near Colorad…, CO

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