The Mount Muscoco Trail offers a 3.6-mile roundtrip hike from the Mount Cutler Trailhead to the airy summit of the 8,020-foot mountain in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. The 1.8-mile-long hike follows a good trail, gaining almost 1,400 feet from car to summit. The first trail section follows the wide Mount Cutler Trail to a saddle, and then heads up Muscoco’s blunt east ridge to a final steep scramble. The rocky summit offers some of the best mountain views near Colorado Springs, with a panorama that includes Cheyenne Mountain, South Cheyenne Cañon, Mount Rosa, Mount Almagre, and Tenney Crags. Sprawling Colorado Springs and the tawny prairie stretches to the eastern horizon. The trail was reconstructed in 2015, turning a rough social path into one of the Pikes Peak region’s best hikes.
- Find the Mount Cutler Trailhead from Interstate 25 by taking Exit 140. Drive south on Tejon Street, then west on Cheyenne Boulevard to a junction at the mouth of North Cheyenne Cañon. Keep right and drive 1.4 miles up the park road to the trailhead and parking area on the left.
- Start at the Mount Cutler Trailhead and hike 0.5 miles up the wide Mount Cutler Trail to a saddle. Go right on the Mount Muscoco Trail and ascend the mountain’s east ridge. Eventually the trail traverses across Muscoco’s north slope to a saddle. Cut left and scramble up steep gravel slopes for 0.1 miles to the summit.
- Mount Muscoco is best hiked from April through November, since the trail is usually icy on shady north-facing slopes. If you go in winter, be sure to bring trekking poles and foot spikes for traction.
- After hiking up Mount Muscoco, return to the saddle and the Cutler Trail. Go right on it and follow the trail to the rounded summit of 7,220-foot Mount Cutler. Its eastern summit, 0.3 miles east of the main summit, offers great views of cliff-lined South Cheyenne Cañon and the Broadmoor Hotel.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–Stewart M. Green