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.
This would be an amazing trail at the end of September, when the leaves are all changing. The meadow portion of the trail has a wooded area that is a beautiful mix of pine and aspen. The trail itself is wide, well-traveled, and only mild ups and downs (mild for the region). At the end of October, Cahill Pond itself was rather low. As it goes in Mueller State Park, there are over 50 miles of trails that are interconnected. I joined this trail with over 7 miles of other paths. Beautiful place.
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.
OWEN W. on Black Bear Trail
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.
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!
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.