This less-traveled summit in the foothills of Colorado Springs gives panoramic views of the city and Cheyenne Canyon in only 3.6 miles roundtrip

The Basics: Mt. Muscoco (8020 ft.) is one of the easier summits in the Colorado Springs Front Range area, and you are quickly rewarded with 360 degree views after climbing 1.8 miles and 1,400 feet. The path is well-defined and maintained after it was reconstructed in 2015. Pack water and a light snack, bring the kids, and don't forget a camera for the top. 

The Hike: The trail begins at the popular Mt. Cutler trailhead, on your left about halfway up Cheyenne Canyon. The hike shares the easy trail with the Mt. Cutler route to begin, and after about 0.5 miles at the saddle, the signed Mt. Muscoco trail cuts off to your right. The trail steepens from here until you get below the visible summit of Mt. Muscoco. Traverse right around to the back of the summit and then scramble to the top. The well-defined trail becomes rougher and more exposed once you begin traversing around the summit - use caution and be sure to stay on-route. 

The Area: There are tons of other hikes and fun, free things to do in Cheyenne Canyon. Picnic areas dot the creek along the road from Starsmore Discovery Center all the way up to Helen Hunt Falls. Gold Camp Road parking lot at the top of the Canyon serves as a starting point for dozens more adventures. Seven Falls is a top paid visitor attraction.

Pack List


  • Water
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Snacks


  • Camera
  • Local hiking map
  • Rain jacket or light layer
  • Sunblock
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RT Distance 3.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1400 Feet
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Intermediate to Advanced Hike

To say this is one of the easier hikes is misleading. This hike is difficult at the end (even the sign at the trail head say "intermediate to advanced") which is exactly what it is—intermediate at the beginning and requires advanced skill at the end as there is some scrambling involved to stay on trail. It is a great hike with very rewarding views once you summit. If you have trekking poles, bring them. With a few stops along the way it took me 3 hours to complete this hike up and back. Enjoy!

about 1 year ago

Great Hike With A Panoramic View

The trails snakes around the mountain giving a full 360 view on the hike up and the top gives a panoramic view of the surrounding area. Pike’s Peak is even visible from the summit

about 1 year ago

Great Hike

Well maintained trail the majority of the way up. A couple of different short splits that will take you to some boulder outcroppings. Amazing views all around at the peak.

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