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First hike on a Cheyenne Mountain trail, heavy snow and white out. Ice under the snow in areas . I needed teeth on my boots, the gear I had was to wimpy. Steep in areas, challenging for a short legged person to do. Nice workout. Even with the weather we ran into four other groups. We opted for this trail because the road was too slick for us to go any further up the mountain. They closed the road as we were leaving.

Awesome trail, some sketchy parts but that makes it fun. My husky and German Shepherd loved it

Everything you need and want in a hike!

Amazing beautiful Trail! Fantastic rock formations if you go all the way up. We will be back. Camped at
Goose Creek campground, but could have camped on the trail. Got fantastic photos!

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Steep in places and had to do a little scrambling and hiking, but well worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

I love Muscoco! I've done it a few times and find the view breathtaking with each visit! If I've learned anything on this trail, it's that a good pair of shoes makes all the difference! Don't be a dumb-dumb like myself and wind up with nasty blisters. I'm a decently in shape 25 year old and found it a little on the challenging side. I only rated it a 4 instead of 5 due to the lack of parking.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite trails by far! The views are so beautiful. I went midway on a Monday and there were no other hikers on the trail. The summit is so peaceful and quiet. Would definitely recommend.

this trail is pretty epic. this should be rated as hard. did the venable side first. was very windy and a little nerve wracking before phantom terrace. saw more people coming the opposite direction. beautiful long hike. will do this again as an overnighter.

Beautiful fall colors and good fishing. Took five people who live at 1500 feet and it was a challenge but doable if you take it slow. Recommend taking plenty of fluids. Worth the trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike. Most of it was just a slightly uphill walk. It got steeper/more rocky towards the top. Got off trail once by mistake where it starts to get iffy, but found our way back fairly easily. Pretty good views at the peak, but a few trees in the way.

Saturday morning parking was completely full—just be aware of that.

Nice secluded trail with great views! Went on a Saturday afternoon and only saw 3 other hikers. Decent elevation gain and steepness towards the summit. Sat on the peak having lunch for about an hour just taking in the views and sunshine.

Beautiful views and much more secluded than accessing via North Cheyenne Cañon. Really enjoyed the 4wd trail testing out my Jeep as well. Everyone complains about the shooting in the area, but I was not bothered by it or ever felt unsafe. Although I always carry my gun with me while on hikes and camping. So if shooting makes you uncomfortable just be aware they are allowed to shoot in the area, but not on the same side as the trail access as any responsible gun owner will only shoot with a backstop. I did dispersed camping in Frosty Park before hiking up Mt. Rosa in the morning and had breakfast on the peak with no one around. Only saw 2 other groups of hikers coming up as I was descending.

Love this area. We did the goose creek loop counter-clockwise, 3 nights and 4 days. Days 2 and 3 are by far the toughest, lots of uphill and steep switchbacks. Stayed on McGurdy park trail instead of taking the Lake Park “shortcut”. Pretty much all downhill from Hankins pass back to the trailhead. It was my 10 year old son’s first pack it in pack it out trip. He did great, so any dedicated novice can do this.

Kid friendly camping spots early on, trail was very busy and lots of people with poorly trained off leash dogs. Wilderness area was beautiful, saw some cows in the burn scar area before the trailhead. Spotted some grouse and the biggest beaver dam I’ve seen in person on goose creek.

Beautiful hike saw a lil black bear down in the lower off trails which was rather exciting and very awesome, the hike was rather difficult coming up to the summit for myself but I'm still getting the hang of the altitude change, went off trail when my phone died and ended up 1hr off trail I highly recommend staying on trail and not wander lol!

Beautiful scenery, sort of a desert feel to it at first.

Easy hike from a popular trailhead. Would be interested in backpacking here on a weekday in shoulder season (since it was pretty busy) to camp/fish.

Great hike. I went up 7/8ths of the trail with a kid carrier. We enjoyed the views and it was definately challenging with the extra weight. Good workout. Proper shoes for the lose gravel.

Easy hike with lots of varied green views and close to the city!

backpacking
2 months ago

I back packed this area last week. Yes, the road is rough, mostly with large boulders. I had no trouble getting to the TH with my 4wd 2012 RAV4 and all season tires. Go slow and pick your trail. As others have mentioned the partly exposed metal culvert is nasty - stay to right on the way up and all will be OK. The bugs are gone. There are many nice camp sites on the south side of the lower lake. Treat your water as there are many bighorn sheep and people in the area.

Excellent. Variety of options to veer off. Beautiful terrain. Kids 9 and 13 handled it.

3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Perfect moderate trail for just enough challenge and beautiful views at the top. The trail is well marked and features minimal obstacles besides the greater difficulty from the steepness near the top. I went on a Saturday morning (summited before 9am) and only saw a few other people on the way up. I had a good 10-15 mins to myself before seeing one runner at the summit but that's it. Highly recommend!

Please note, this is a review for doing this route counter-clockwise, so doing Little Brown's Creek trail on the north side first. I did this loop as a day hike.

If you're doing this as a day hike, I would definitely recommend approaching it counter-clockwise, as the uphill on Little Brown's Creek Trail was gradual and well maintained. By comparison, County Road 278 and Brown's Creek Trail were much rockier and, as difficult as they were to go down, I can't imagine walking up it. I would recommend hiking poles for this one.

On the way going uphill on Little Brown's Creek trail, the trail eventually appears to simply end (above treeline), which is presumably where this route, and where we, walked over to 278. Once near the top of Mount White, you will notice that this trail veers out to the Northwest, instead of hugging around the mountain and going southwest. Essentially, you're scooping a very wide loop, which feels unintuitive at first, but it is the only way to do it.

Please note, once we got back to the intersection of Brown's Creek Trail and the Colorado Trail section (toward the end of our hike), there was a sign that pointed to "Wagon Wheel Loop Trail." Do not follow this, as it leads to the Wagon Wheel Trailhead, NOT the Brown's Creek trailhead. Instead, follow the Colorado Trail north for the short jaunt, as this trail guide indicates, and exit onto the wagon loop trail at the second sign, which is the same sign you would have seen in the morning.

If you're looking for camping, there were good spots around the lake and especially a bit higher in elevation from the lake. Didn't see a lot of spots in general though, especially on little browns creek trail.

This is a really long hike, my legs hurt, but it's really pretty. I wouldn't attempt this unless you've at least done some solid 12+ mile hikes with some solid elevation gain. Bring a hat, gloves, thermal and something to protect your legs, as it is very windy at the top, and we caught some freezing rain. Definitely a nice hike, the lake is beautiful, and I didn't see a ton of traffic. Only giving it 4 starts because of the loose, rocky trail on Brown's Creek Trail and 278.

very well maintained trail. Great camp spots just down from the old miner buildings with great water supply. I hiked in another few miles and was able to use a small creek in a very secluded area. some spectacular views when you hiked off trail and onto rock. a little hot last week.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views at the top!

Truthfully, this hike isn’t that special and the experience is dulled by all the folks near the lake this time of year. Look for other hiking opportunities from the trailhead: I.e Bear Lake.

Took a few friends here who have never been backpacking at it was great. Easy in and out and they loved it. The lake was great. I wouldnt really recommend trying to hike Mt. Yale from this location. It was all bouldering and sheer cliffs with no trail. That's not to say it wasnt do-able. We made it to the top in about 3.5 hours, and had to scramble down bc of an incoming thunderstorm. Overall, it was a great introductory trip and we were able to get some adventure in trying to conquere Yale.

hiking
3 months ago

We never saw any signs for this on the road until the actual trail head. Really enjoyed it though. Hit the trail about 1pm and saw pretty heavy traffic early on, but thinned out later, everyone was super nice. Had 4 or 5 creek crossing and several river/creek access points prior to lake access which our dog enjoyed. Road in and out made me a little nervous but was totally doable.

backpacking
3 months ago

I just got back from a backpack trip to Kroenke Lake August 12th. kroenke is no longer the pristine alpine lake it once was. it is over used and trampled with little fire wood. People are camping and building fire rings within a few feet of the lake. What is more distressing is that there is used toilet paper everywhere in the forested areas along the east and south sides of the Lake. When did the hiking/backpacking community decide its ok to just leave their toilet paper behind? Come On People! Its easy to pack out your toilet paper with your other trash, or burn it in your fire pit. If you love the outdoors enough to drive to a trailhead and hike somewhere, you should care enough not to degrade the environment and diminish the experience of others.

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