Mueller State Park is located behind Pikes Peak, offering fantastic views and abundant wildlife along the Brook Pond trail.

This hike begins at the east side of the Visitor's Center parking lot. The Visitor's Center keeps a record of any recent wildlife sightings, so its a good idea to check in the building if your goal is to see some animals. Otherwise, head to the end of the parking lot and take trail #5 down the hill.

There are a few splits along the trail, but just follow the signs for trail #5 and you'll get there in no time. The trail is entirely downhill from the Visitor's Center to the pond, so you'll really feel like you're going fast. 

About two tenths of a mile before you reach the pond, the trail splits. You can go left to go to Rock Pond or stay right to go to Brook Pond. The Rock Pond trail will add .46 miles to your hike, but it's gorgeous and has a great spot to eat lunch. Otherwise, continue down the shaded trail to get to Brook Pond. 

Pack List

  • Mueller State Park entrance fee ($7)
  • Water
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Traction (if it has snowed recently)
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RT Distance 4.74 Miles
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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