Cheyenne Canyon to Mount Rosa is a 22.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 22.4 km Elevation Gain: 1,281 m Route Type: Out & Back

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muddy
snow
7 days ago

Hiked on 3/26. The path up to St. Mary's Falls is quick and easy, a little icy/mushy depending on time of day. But after St. Mary's Falls, the route goes UP. And once you make the left off the trail onto the Mt. Rosa approach, it gets VERY snowy still. Expect to post hole as the snow is mushy and deep. But the walk down is much quicker than the walk up. A great workout.

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

We went down most of the ohv trials that are through these beautiful mountains. Just noticed a lot of trash from people closer to the campsites which honestly kinda hurt, we brought trash bags with us so we picked up as much as we could. Other than this, the views were amazing.

2 months ago

Hmmm....my GPS clocked 12m round trip.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite casual day hikes.... I enjoy taking 7bridges ( trail 622) and hiking to the pipeline (trail 668). From there you get gorgeous views of the forest as well as historic remnants... The water flowing throughout gives the surroundings so much life. Once I hit the end of the trail I follow up the forester trail (701) for about a half mile or so to connect to frosty parks which is where *trail 672* will be also known as Nelson's trail. Take that up for a couple of miles until you hit *trail 673* which goes to the mount Rosa summit. Beauty and wonder the entire way... Much more scenic and epic than taking the short way featured in this hike... Have it recorded at 15mi round trip going in and out from the way we came which I highly recommend. Especially while we have no snow and the trails are dry and waiting for you.... Enjoy!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail. Just when think you’ve lost your place there’s a cairn. It starts out on gold camp pretty flat, then remains that way pretty much until the switchbacks . These are tough but not impossible. After you’ve gone through the man made fence you need to turn right and then left onto the last leg of the hike. This is by far the steepest and most challenging part. The trail is pretty easy to follow the whole way through . After this 1.5 mile climb, you’ll reach a meadow/ open area with incredible views of Almagre and Pikes . One more stretch to the top about 1 mile or so and you’re there . Amazing views of the city, a reservoir , and surrounding mountains. Round trip with a 45 min break at the top was 6 hours , left at 9:30 am and got back 3:30.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with a well marked trail. Met that odd dude near the top that was talked about in the earlier review. About 20 years old and very bedraggled like he has been roaming the woods a while, maybe living up there. I talked to him twice and he didn't seem dangerous, just adrift in the woods. Asked for food as well. Always use caution if hiking alone.

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rocky
7 months ago

Just a heads up from our hike today. Encountered a lone hiker with odd behavior. This is the second time of such an occurrence. Hike with a friend or better, there are other safer places to hike. It was a creepy encounter.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this 7/27/19. Great trail, starts out at the Cheyenne canyon hub past seven bridges. Follows the creek and the path to the falls. Then you go up, up, up! Great views, very few people. Make sure you get here early on the weekend. 815 I found parking, came down about 1145 and Cheyenne canyon is a mad house! This hike will certainly get your legs burning, both up and down!

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rocky
8 months ago

July 13th, took my dog out for a nice hike to enjoy the peaceful beauty of nature! It was a sunny and hot day and the steep switchbacks had plenty of loose rock which made it more of a fun challenge especially on the down trek. The trail offers a good amount of shade which was great because it is definitely an uphill climb especially after you cross the FSR. Views from the top are incredible but there were a fair amount of flies and surprisingly tons of lady bugs

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bugs
over grown
8 months ago

Ran into a storm and had to turn around. I will be back to conquer this one another day. Trail was in good shape though and I encountered 3 other hikers.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty difficult at parts. But just as you’re “done with this incline crap”, it levels out for a bit to give you a break. Totally worth the effort though. Spent an hour at the top relaxing before heading down. Lots of rocks and scree made for a difficult run down. 5 hours round trip. Drank all of my 2l’s of water so make sure you’re hydrated. Parking was almost full at 7am.

hiking
9 months ago

Long but amazing trail. Very secluded and a gorgeous view at the top! You can hit the falls on the way up or down to which is a bonus! If your going without using gps when you reach the fence you go right on the road then follow 672 on your left probably 100’ up. Once in the saddle take 673 and you’re at the top!

hiking
9 months ago

Long incline but gorgeous views near the top and having the falls on the way up is a great addition. Difficult but doable for sure

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic trail! Hard rating is merited...lots of vertical. Very beautiful scenery and amazing views. Several spots of scree on steep slopes. Hiking poles a big help. Worth the effort!!

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off trail
snow
9 months ago

loved this trail definetly one for the adventures had a lil episode of vertigo towards the top But all in all an amazing hike my phone died at the peak but the remainder of the way down was very firmiliar so we had a easy time navigating

hiking
10 months ago

Great day on top was able to find the summit despite the puzzle to get to final ascent because of the snow. Views are amazing along the trail and some of the best I've seen from the Spri gs of every Mountain Range to include Pikes, the Sangre De Christo, the Collegiate and Rosemont resevior. Not to mention Pueblo, Fountain, Springs and parts of South Denver. The trail had a nice stop at St Mary's Falls and then a bunch of steep climbs. Would definitely recommend this trail

hiking
10 months ago

Lot of snow at the top.. I lost the tail coming down.

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off trail
scramble
snow
10 months ago

Started at seven bridges trail head an looped around finishing at St Marys trail head, wow definitely hit me hard but had gorgeous views and was well worth it. Great trail. Still has some snow but ehh nothing thats not deal able.

hiking
11 months ago

Had to turn around cutting off probably the last half mile because the snow hit to be to much. other then the very top the trail is perfect for hiking right now.

hiking
snow
11 months ago

Got to within 3/4 mile of the summit this morning before turning back due to snow of a depth I wasn't prepared to go through. I crested out on the saddle following the switchbacks up the eastern aspect and was somewhat surprised to see 3-4 feet of snow still hanging out on the northern aspect. Postholed for 20 yards or so before deciding to come back another day. I had microspikes, never put them on.

hiking
snow
Mon Feb 11 2019

Attempted this again on 2-10-19. Snow was a bit over 2 ft deep after about 4 miles into the trail. Most of this snow was packed down until you cross the fenced area. After that it looked like most people had turned back around. There were many extremely icy areas, even close to the trailhead, so micro spikes are recommended. When you get about 5-6 miles in, where you cross through the fence, take a right to get to Mt Rosa. You will eventually cross over a forest road before you start to hike up Mt Rosa. The last 1/2 mile is very difficult.

hiking
Wed Oct 31 2018

Loved this route, went up seven bridges and down st Mary’s. Loved the pipeline road such a nice break between going up. Views were excellent. Nearly no one on the trail!

Sun Sep 16 2018

This is a well marked trail. Very easy route finding, I found GPS to be pretty good.. With all that being said, this is a moderate to difficult hike.. There is no technicality, other than maneuvering lose gravel on the decent.. but the length of the trail and the 3 sets of monster switchbacks is nothing to shake a stick at. I recorded 7.5 hours moving time and 5.5 was uphill.. Gorgeous summit! Marvelous ridge at the false summit.. all in all a beautiful peak to put in your bag.

hiking
Mon Jul 23 2018

Good distance hike, but my phone had me at 15 miles, not 12. My first time up I saw thousands of ladybugs on the summit but this time I only saw a few groups of them. Be prepared for a rough stretch right before you get to the forest service road on your way up. On a clear day, great views of Pikes Peak, and all the way south to the Canon City area. Good hike, but not for tourists. Sore legs and altitude hangover will affect you the rest of your time here. Rating should be Hard, not Moderate

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