McNeil Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
If you're into bagging peaks then this trail (non-trail) is the quickest-shortest way to the geological summit of Cheyenne Mountain. Great views once on top but it's a strenuous hike up slope through the trees, over and around big bolders and often over dead fall.
not bad trail, trailhead is kinda hard to find but the view at the top is awesome
This is a very enjoyable hike with multiple viewing spots of CO Springs and the Cheyenne Mountain area. There is just a few housekeeping items to clear up if you plan on doing this hike. First, the trail is pretty well established with no scrambling or bouldering for the first 4.8 miles. That being said, it is only described as being moderate in difficulty due to the distance hiked, not the terrain itself. Second, if you hike this trail from The Broadmoors Cloud Camp with the intention of ending at Emerald Valley Ranch, the trail terminates at Old Stage Rd. You will have to walk up Old Stage another .8 miles (approx) to the EVR sign. Then it will be another 1 mile down that road making a total of 6.68 miles according to my GPS. The Broadmoor does not annotate this in their trail map that you receive as a guest, it shows the trail ending at EVR! Just a heads up! All in all though it is a great half day hike will little streams along the way and you can even arrange a shuttle at EVR to take you back down!
Although the hike was enjoyable, there were two issues of note. The 5.1 mile out and back is incorrect. Its 5 miles each way. Secondly, the difficulty rating is inaccurate. Most of the hike is easy with one hard section that was steep. I would call this trail Moderate. Still a nice hike and worth doing.
Tough on the last mile but was beautiful scenery
Awesome views, the last mile ascent was a little difficult but otherwise a great hike. The trailhead isn't marked very well but this should help, there is a speed limit sign on the south side of the road prior to turning onto the road that leads to the stables, this is where the trail begins. Great hike
I've hiked this trail a number of times and it's not that hard...not sure why they say "recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen". The only hard part about this trail is finding the trailhead which is very well hidden from the road. Having said that, I've only run across other people on this trail once or twice in the five or six times I've hiked it. The trail is woodsy and bouldery with excellent views. It starts off going slightly downhill for a while and then gradually slopes up and gets a bit harder if you keep going, but I think it's a different trail at that point. Swisher Trail, for instance, is accessed via the McNeil Trail and it takes you to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and it's very steep in places. The trailhead is on the back side of a berm on the road, right next to the Broadmoor Stables driveway.