• Activities:

    Photography, Running, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1400 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic

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

Necessary:

  • Water
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Snacks

Recommended:

  • Camera
  • Local hiking map
  • Rain jacket or light layer
  • Sunblock
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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

3 months ago
3 months ago

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.

5 months ago
5 months ago

Easily my favorite hike so far in the Springs! The map is a little off, maybe an older trail, however the trail can be followed pretty easily. Thanks to trail markers I only had to check the trail map a couple of times. Amazing views, great trail for dogs, not so much for kids.

7 months ago
7 months ago

This is an awesome hike. The trail is in great condition. Only thing I'd say as a parent of a 7, 4 and 1 year old is it's not a hike for the little ones. My 7 year old could do it but you'd have to carry the younger ones. There aren't many sections where you're not hiking at an incline which I love but the kiddos weren't to keen to it. Also, just a technicality, the topographical map is slightly wrong. When you take the right to go towards Mt. Muscoco the topo map is from an old trail that went up and over the ridge instead of what the trail does now, go left and around the ridge. Just an FYI. Great trail.

12 months ago
12 months ago

Really fun hike, good for a variety of experience levels. And the views, in front of you you have the Springs and behind Cheyenne canyon. Cant beat it!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

This hike, taking our time in January only took us about 2.5 hours. An awesome time, and really easy! The views were also spectacular, got some awesome shots

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Connor Bruson

Colorado native living for God and adventure around the world. Cyclist, runner, hiker, addicted to summit views and singletrack. Proud husband to an amazing videographer and my adventure partner for life. #yurtlife sales manager at Freedom Yurt Cabins

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