Kineo Mountain and Mount Buckhorn Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Kineo Mountain and Mount Buckhorn Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 9.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.6 miles
2,772 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running






wild flowers




The Trail 666 (Bear Creek) portion of this trail is closed until 2027. A similar route that avoids the trail closure can be found here:

5 months ago

Trail 666 is closed a little after the cap'n jack trail split passed Josephine falls due to reclamation of cutthroat trout. The trail is closed until 2027 is what the signs say. You can still get wonderful views of specimen rock, sentinel rock, and tenney crags.

6 months ago

Great trail, however not what it seemed. The upper end of 666 is in reconstruction. I had to back track to the split for 776 and 667. This rounded off Kineo nicely to seven bridges. Disappointed to not be able to head right up the canyon. But great views and a challenge!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great trail to get away and into more of the back country. This gives you access to Mts. Garfield and Arthur, and a slew of others. If you go towards the end of 667 you'll see some beautiful meadows. Leaves in fall are amazing too!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Took bear creek trail--666 to jones park and Louds cabin . Loved it!! Beautiful scenery

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Took Seven Falls trail to Jones Park trail. Only took a portion of the trail but there were no steep inclines, just mainly snow and mud to contend with. Loud's cabin is a nice place to stop, although finding the trail in the winter having never been there was difficult, so we had to turn back to trails that had already been blazed by hikers familiar with the area despite it being covered in snow. I imagine the trail is easier to follow in summer, but with what I could tell this trail had a lot of open space so wildflowers will probably be a sight to see when the spring brings the fields to life.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I hiked the Jones Park Trail with a hiking group in mid-March of 2014. There was quite a bit of ice and snow on the trail, along with occasional slush and mud. Scree was evident in some places where the snow and ice were not covering the trail.

The trail was easy to find and follow, both because of footprints left in the snow by previous hikers, and because the trail parallels a creek. The trail maintains an almost continuous, mostly gentle upgrade on the outbound leg to Jones Park. There are many locations where the trail is narrow. There are also significant stretches where the trail cuts across steep grades. There are two or three places where the trail crosses a narrow creek. At those places, in order to continue on the trail, you need to walk across a sturdy log or board of five to ten feet in length, or else ford the creek. Probably because it was still winter, my hiking group only saw a few hikers within a mile or so of the trailhead. Farther away from the trailhead, we only saw two other hikers.

Out-of-shape hikers will be challenged by the trail's length (round trip distance in excess of ten miles), 2000-foot altitude gain, and the almost continuous upgrade on the outbound leg. If you're not obese and have most of the day available, I highly recommend giving this trail a try. The area is scenic, and the trail will provide a good workout. If hiking in winter conditions, such as ice or snow, use microspikes to improve your footing.

Monday, August 12, 2013

one of the best trails i have been on, need to watch for trail signs as there has been alot of wash out. lots of dogs off leash so the trails leading to this one have a lot of dog (stuff) on it.

Friday, May 25, 2012

This trail was very complicated. I tried finding Loud's cabin and got lost. Moderate, but confusing. Lots of trail signs missing. Don't go alone like I did. Also lots of homeless.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Very crowded! And watch for dog poo and darting small children at least within a few miles of the trailhead.

6 months ago

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

recorded sweet

Friday, September 21, 2012

Sunday, September 02, 2012