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Mueller State Parks 50 miles of trails provide a 5,000-acre playground for the hiker, mountain biker, wildlife watcher and winter sports enthusiast. A popular Watchable Wildlife Area, Mueller is home to elk, black bear, hawks, and mule deer. Park visitors traverse the parks numerous trails on foot, snowshoes, cross-country skis, horseback and mountain bike, depending on the season. Mueller also has two options to stay overnight. There are 132 campsites in the park; 16 of these are open for winter camping . The park also has three cabins for rent year-round. Mueller State Park welcomes pets in campgrounds, picnicking areas and along the parks roads, but not on the hiking trails or in the backcountry. Keeping pets off of the trails increases the chances of visitors seeing the numerous species of wildlife in the park. Pets must be on a leash at all times unless they are in their tent, RV or personal vehicle. Download Pets at Mueller State Park to learn more.

I hiked this trail with my two little girls ages 1 and 5. My five year old was able to hike the entire trail fairly easily. The trail has beautiful views and is very accessible. Just to note... There are several trails that branch off the main trail head so make sure to stop at the sign at the start of the trail to find out the route color and number you want to follow. I believe school pond is the orange trail 2. Also no dogs are permitted on any of the trails in Muller State Park and there is a $7 entrance fee to access this trail. Preachers Hollow is a different trailhead a little further up the road from School Pond.

2 months ago

Such a fun hike! Beautiful views. Fun change of scenery.

We hiked School Pond. Preachers Hollow is a completely different trail. They are close, but different. The trail was great. Lots of wild flowers. I would definitely hike it again.

Easy hike, well marked and maintained trails. Kids enjoyed it! Good views, quiet. Really enjoyed the narrower paths through the forest, definitely take the trail 7 bypass - less hilly and much prettier!

Well maintained. Easy enough for my puppy and toddler. We did the short route because of storm clouds threatening rain but it was still a great hike. Lots of wildflowers!

on Black Bear Trail

3 months ago

Wanted a nice trail to do with our 4 month old son and we found it. Trails wide enough for a fixed three wheel stroller with rugged wheels. Nice views and meadows to stroll through...literally.

Love Mueller State Park as a recreational retreat. Wonderful for trail running challenges. Enjoyable scenery and nice peat trail ground covering.

Great for walkers OR runners! The trail winds through the area with soft gravel and composting tree fibers, nettles, and leaves that creates a soft bed to run on. LOVE this trail for beautiful views and soft climbing at the end if desired.

Easy hike to a small pond. Lots of awesome wild flowers right now.

Nice trail for wildlife viewing, saw a bunch of deer and even heard a bear, although we couldn't see him

Great trails, clean not alot of people. Easy hike for a family. Within the state park, 7$ to get in without a pass. will be back for sure.

6 months ago

This trail is inside Mueller State Park and unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the backcountry trails! :-( Bummer!

Great trail, well marked. Enough elevation change to make it interesting but not a difficult hike at all. Great views and rocks to climb. Nice bathrooms and picnic tables at the trailhead. Several overlooks adjacent made for terrific photo ops!

Great family hike with amazing views!

Beautiful trail. We did the loop. It was a little steep on the return, but the loop is rated moderate.

Preachers Hollow is a pretty decent hike, moderate in difficulty. It drops down into a really pretty meadow before hiking back up to the adjoining trails.

1 year ago

Cahill is one of the many trails in Mueller State Park, south of Divide, CO. I would rate Cahill Pond as easy. If you want something a little longer, you can continue on to the Cheeseman Ranch Trial #17 or Buffalo Rock Trail #33. Great views of western slope of Pikes Peak.

trail running
3 years ago

This is a nice trail but I give it 3 stars because it does parallel the highway for about a mile. This takes away from the remote and peaceful feeling of the majority of this 5.5 mile loop.

The trail is a mixture of forest and meadows. I saw a number of elk with their young calves during the hike. It is cool to see the old ranch buildings as well. The long downhill at the beginning of the hike is nice but it means you have to climb back up at the end. If you go in a counter clockwise direction you will have more shade for the climb.